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High School Reform

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World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

In this webinar panelists will discus the key question behind Andreas Schleicher’s new book, World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System. He writes, “Every economic age has its core asset. In the agricultural age that asset was land; in the industrial age it was capital; and in our times, it is the knowledge, skills and character qualities of people. This core asset remains largely untapped and undervalued. It’s time for us to change that.” Schleicher examines the many successes from which to learn, looking seriously and dispassionately at good practice in countries around the world, all to understand what works in which contexts.

Join the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) for a spirited and thoughtful conversation between Schleicher and All4Ed’s president Bob Wise.

Categories: Education and the Economy, Education Technology, High School Reform, International Comparisons

Recent Webinars & Events

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PISA: What It Measures, Why It Matters

The 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, which show the performance of fifteen-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science, were released on December 7, 2010. On December 6, the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to provide background on PISA to prepare educators and policymakers for the results. The webinar described what PISA measures, how the United States has performed on past examinations, and why the results matter for the nation’s future. The discussion was followed by an interactive conversation with experts using questions submitted by participants from around the country.

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Digital Learning Now!: 10 Elements Of High-Quality Digital Learning

On December 2, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a live webinar to discuss the release of the “10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning.” The elements—announced by the Digital Learning Council (DLC) on December 1, 2010—are the result of months of study and hard work by members of the DLC, a diverse group of leaders from the fields of education, government, philanthropy, business, technology, and policy, working together to promote digital learning in public schools. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia was joined by Lisa Gillis of DLC and Susan Patrick of International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL) to discuss the ten elements of high-quality digital learning and why digital learning can improve student learning and how it can help transform the education system. Following the discussion was an interactive conversation using questions submitted by participants from the around the country. The DLC is cochaired by Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Governor Wise.

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Education News From Washington, DC—What’s Been Accomplished, What’s Happening Now, And What Will Happen: Looking Back At The Current Congress And Looking Ahead To The New Congress Of 2011

On October 25, the Alliance for Excellent Education held the latest in its series of interactive webinars on education news in DC. This webinar looked ahead to the November “lame-duck” session scheduled for after the congressional elections, as well as the new Congress, which begins in January. The webinar featured a roundtable discussion with Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor and congressional representative of West Virginia, and representatives from the Alliance’s federal advocacy team. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session driven by questions from webinar participants.

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Transforming The High School Experience: Lessons From The New York Small Schools Initiative

What are the lessons learned from the New York City “small high schools of choice” initiative that can help districts and states create viable strategies to turn around the lowest-performing high schools? On October 15, the Alliance for Excellent Education and MDRC cohosted a webinar to discuss the findings of the MDRC report, Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates, and facilitated a conversation among education leaders about comprehensive approaches to turning around the nation’s lowest-performing high schools. The webinar also included a question and answer period to address questions submitted by viewers across the nation.

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Transforming The High School Experience: Lessons From The New York Small Schools Initiative

On October 15, the Alliance for Excellent Education and MDRC hosted an event to discuss the findings and policy implications of a recent MDRC report, Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates. This study provides the first reliable evidence that transformation at scale within a large, urban public school system is possible. The event highlighted the outcomes of New York City’s “small schools of choice” initiative and addressed policy implications for turning around low-performing high schools.

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New Model Core Teaching Standards: Released For Comment

New times require new approaches to education and greater attention to building the teaching profession. On July 17, 2010, the Council of Chief State School Officers released new “model core teaching standards” for public comment. The model core teaching standards are an initial effort to articulate—through the lens of the teacher—what effective teaching and learning would look like to ensure all learners are college and career ready. Unlike the original teacher standards, which focus on the assessment and support of beginning teachers, the new core teaching standards are standards of professional practice for all teachers. On Wednesday, October 6, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers hosted an interactive webinar to discuss the model core teaching standards and their potential for improving teacher effectiveness. The webinar also included a question and answer period to address questions submitted by viewers across the nation.

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Future Of The Profession: A New Learning Ecology For Teachers And Students

On September 17, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Center for Teaching Quality cohosted an event to discuss the emerging realities facing the nation—the funding crisis, the teacher shortage, and new technologies—that will reshape learning environments and expectations for the teaching profession. This event featured presentations on how school structures can capitalize on the transformative power of technology, the implications for creating a student-centered profession, and the federal and state policies that can support a new learning ecology for students and teachers.

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Education News From Washington, DC—A Primer On High School Graduation Rates

On September 8, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted the latest in its series of interactive webinars on education news in Washington, DC. This webinar focused on the new reporting requirements for high school graduation rates, as well as some of the policies that states have put into place. A short presentation by Gov. Wise was followed by a question and answer session.

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Implementing The Common Core State Standards To Achieve Equity

More than two thirds of the states have adopted common grade-level expectations in English language arts and math, making clear what students need to know and be able to do to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or the workplace. These new, common standards open up opportunities for collaboration across state lines on common assessments as well as instructional materials. They will also require great care in implementation at the state, district, and school levels. In early August, 2010, the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) held a retreat to discuss this movement as well as the promises and challenges that common core state standards present for communities of color who have long advocated for more equitable education opportunities and outcomes. On August 23, the Campaign for High School Equity, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and the other CHSE partners continued to build on this retreat by (1) helping ensure that advocates across the country are aware of this movement, (2) helping to bring the community together to think about this issue, and (3) beginning to prioritize issues for implementation of the common core state standards.

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Building The Capacity Of Teachers To Prepare Students For College And Careers

On August 13, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a live webinar on the release of its latest policy brief, The Linked Learning Approach: Building the Capacity of Teachers to Prepare Students for College and Careers. Current efforts in California to transform high schools are focused on Linked Learning, an approach that connects strong academics with real-world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences, with the goal of preparing all students for college, careers, and life. For teachers, this type of instruction requires more than most traditional training provides. Beyond basic pedagogy and subject-area knowledge, teachers need training to be able to (1) collaborate in the design and delivery of curriculum, (2) develop lessons using problem- and project-based learning, (3) forge industry and postsecondary partnerships, and (4) blend academic-, career-, and work-based learning experiences.

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