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Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards: The Role of School Leaders



Mitchell Curry, Principal, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School (McKinney, TX)
Lindsay Fryer, Professional Staff Member,
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce
Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Senior K–12 Education Policy Advisor
U.S. Senate HELP Committee (majority staff)
Robbie Hooker, EdD, Principal, Clarke Central High School (Athens, GA)
Daniel Wiebers, Principal, Trenton R I-X High School (Trenton, MO)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) held a discussion about the role of school leaders in creating a culture of high expectations that will help all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. The event focused on the efforts principals are leading as schools transition to implement college- and career-ready standards. The MetLife Foundation–NASSP Breakthrough Schools project identifies, showcases, and recognizes middle and high schools that are achieving at high levels or dramatically improving student achievement while serving a large number of students who are most at risk of dropping out.

The panel discussion highlighted three schools—Clarke Central High School (GA); Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School (TX); and Trenton R I-X High School (MO)—that have been recognized by the Breakthrough Schools project for exemplifying the core areas of collaborative leadership, personalization, and access to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum for all students.

The Alliance for Excellent Education and NASSP offers a special thank you to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, honorary host of this event.

This event is made possible with support from

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and 36 countries. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal education policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first

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