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Recent Webinars & Events

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From Striving to Struggling: The Proposed Elimination of Striving Readers and the Need to Reverse Course

Congress has passed a short-term measure to prevent the federal government from shutting down, and the House of Representatives has passed proposed funding levels for the remainder of the year. The House-passed proposal would eliminate funding for Striving Readers in 2010 and 2011, while the short-term measure that has been signed into law eliminates the program in 2011. On Wednesday, March 9, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar that provided an update on the budget negotiations taking place on Capitol Hill and how they will affect funding for the new comprehensive Striving Readers Literacy program. Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell was joined by Don Deshler from the University of Kansas’ Center for Research on Learning and Cindy Parker with the Kentucky Department of Education to discuss the new Striving Readers Comprehensive Program, the research behind it, and the importance of comprehensive literacy plans in preparing students for college and careers.

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High-Leverage Partnerships to Transform the High School Experience

On February 25, the Alliance held a webinar with two educational leaders—Michele Cahill of Carnegie Corporation of New York and Robert Hughes of New Visions for Public Schools—to talk about their respective roles in the redesign of secondary education in New York City that resulted in a more than 20 percent increase in the graduation rate—the largest in decades. The webinar addressed the district role in managing a portfolio of schools by maximizing partnerships with external organizations to fashion the elements of the reform. It focused on the lessons learned from this partnership that can help districts and states create innovative solutions to improve the outcomes of public school students, regardless of race or economic class

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Deeper Learning: So Everyone Can Succeed in a Changing World

On February 24, the Alliance hosted a webinar that explored the concept of deeper learning and how this important initiative can increase economic opportunity and civic engagement by educating students for a changing world. Alliance President Bob Wise joined Barbara Chow, program director of education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Andreas Schleicher, head of indicators and analysis division, at the OECD’s Directorate for Education, to present an overview on deeper learning and talk about how it can help ensure that American students are rigorously prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce. Also during the webinar, Gov. Wise, Ms. Chow, and Mr. Schleicher answered related questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

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A Standards-Based Approach to Improving Teaching: Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium

On February 8, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) cohosted a webinar about an initiative launched by the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium. This initiative holds promise for shaping a common vision of skilled teaching commensurate with the national goal of preparing all students for college and careers. Twenty states have joined the AACTE, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers, and Stanford University to create a common teacher performance assessment that can be used to make preparation and licensing performance based. The webinar facilitated a conversation about the pilot underway and the implications for policies to improve the quality, consistency, and coherence of teaching nationwide. The webinar also included a question and answer period to address questions submitted by viewers across the nation.

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A Standards-Based Approach To Improving Teaching: Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium

On February 8, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education cohosted a discussion about the initiative launched by the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium that holds promise for shaping a common vision of skilled teaching commensurate with the national goal of preparing all students for college and careers. Twenty states have joined the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers, and Stanford University to create a common teacher performance assessment that can be used to make preparation and licensing performance based. The event highlighted the pilot underway and the implications for policies to improve the quality, consistency, and coherence of teaching nationwide.

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State Of The Union Wrap-Up

On January 27, the Alliance held an interactive webinar to review some of the big takeaways from President Obama’s January 25 State of the Union address and analyze how the speech could impact the prospects for education reform in 2011. The webinar featured Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and members of the Alliance’s federal advocacy team who answered questions submitted by webinar participants.

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While You Were Out: Looking Back At The 2010 Lame Duck Session And Looking Ahead To Possible ESEA Reauthorization In 2011

While some of us were well on our way to Grandma’s house for the holidays, members of Congress were still trying to come to an agreement on final appropriations bills that would determine 2011 spending levels for the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies. At the end of the day, Congress agreed upon a continuing resolution that would keep the federal government funded through March 4, 2011. But what happens next? How will Republican control of the House of Representatives affect funding decisions? And what about No Child Left Behind (NCLB)? During the webinar, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and members of the Alliance’s federal advocacy team reviewed the 2010 lame duck session in greater detail and previewed possible congressional action on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2011.

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PISA Q&A With Andreas Schleicher, One Of The World’s Leading Experts On The PISA Exam

Released December 7, the results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that American fifteen-year-olds rank 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in mathematics among the thirty-four countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). On December 17, Andreas Schleicher, head of indicators and analysis division for the OECD’s Directorate for Education, and one of the world’s leading experts on the PISA exam, joined Alliance President Bob Wise for a one-on-one Q&A on the PISA 2009 results and lessons learned from the world’s highest performers.

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No Child Left Behind In LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District)

On December 10, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Alliance for a Better Community—in partnership with Families In Schools—cohosted a briefing and panel discussion about No Child Left Behind in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including what has worked, what has not, and where to go from here.

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Are American Students Prepared For The Global Economy?

The 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on December 7 in Paris, France. During a live webcast on December 7, Andreas Schleicher of the OECD presented the results of the study including performance results and an analysis of the common elements of high-performing education systems. Following Mr. Schleicher’s presentation, a panel of business, state, and national education leaders examined, with audience participation, the implications for state and federal education policy and what the United States can do to develop a world-class education system for all of the nation’s students.

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