6:00 am – 7:30 am EST Dirksen Building, U.S. Senate Washington, DC
Setting The Stage For New High Schools: Expanding Alternatives To High School To Ensure That All Students Become College And Work Ready
Nearly seventy educators, stakeholders, and policymakers gathered July 10 on Capitol Hill to learn about municipal leaders and practitioners who are at the forefront of a national movement to establish alternative high schools for students poorly served by, and at risk of dropping out from, traditional schools. The discussion was hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National League of Cities (NLC). NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) has spearheaded the Alternative High School Initiative (AHSI) in over two hundred communities nationwide through a partnership with the Big Picture Company. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville, Tennessee—one of the municipalities recently selected to join the AHSI network—both attended to discuss their interest in reducing the number of high school dropouts, while increasing the number of high school graduates.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (SVC 209/208) 1st Street, NE Washington, DC
On July 15, 2010 the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals cohosted a discussion about the role of school leaders in turning around low-performing schools. The MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools project identifies, showcases, and recognizes middle and high schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement while serving large numbers of those students most at risk of dropping out. Brentwood High School and Tefft Middle School have been recognized by the Breakthrough Schools project as schools that have exemplified the core areas of collaborative leadership, personalization, and access to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum for all students.
Improving the quality of public high schools through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a voting issue for over eight in ten voters, according to a new national poll released on July 14, 2010 by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting for the purpose of gaining insight into Americans’ views of the public education system, the concern over the growing problems with the nation’s high schools, and the urgency to enact meaningful education reform through reauthorization of ESEA. At the event, Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance, was joined by pollsters Celinda Lake and Christine Matthews to discuss the results of the survey.
The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) recently published two documents to help education leaders and policymakers understand these issues better. The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education is a brief that describes the three crises confronting the nation and suggests ways that online learning can lead the U.S. education system out of them. The “Online Learning: Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities” state profiles present state-specific information about the three crises in each state, online-learning opportunities in that state, the presence of state policies that support online learning, and how federal policy supports online learning in that state. On July 8 the Alliance hosted a webinar to release the two publications and facilitated a conversation among experts using questions submitted by participants from the around the country. Following the webinar, panelists participated in a live online chat.
The Economic Benefits Of Reducing The Dropout Rate Among Students Of Color In The Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas
Earlier this year, the Alliance for Excellent Education documented the benefits of reducing the dropout rate for all students in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Building on this work, it is now able to estimate the economic benefits of reducing the dropout rate among students of color in these metro areas. On July 7, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Campaign for High School Equity hosted a live webinar to release these new findings and to discuss the challenges of improving high school graduation rates among students of color and what doing so could mean for local communities, as well as the students themselves. Following the discussion, panelists answered questions from online participants.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST Washington Ct Hotel, Ballroom II 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Wasington, DC
Improving the quality of public high schools through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a voting issue for over eight in ten voters, according to a new national poll released on July 14, 2010 by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting for the purpose of gaining insight into Americans’ views of the public education system, the concern over the growing problems with the nation’s high schools, and the urgency to enact meaningful education reform through reauthorization of ESEA. At the event, Governor Bob Wise was joined by pollsters Celinda Lake and Christine Matthews to discuss the results of the survey.
Education News From Washington, DC—Can School Improvement Grants Save The Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools?
On July 1, the Alliance held the second in its series of interactive webinars on what is happening in Washington, DC on education reform. During the webinar, Ann Whalen, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell discussed the role that School Improvement Grants (SIG) can play in turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools.
Why does ESEA need to be reauthorized? How have these hearings moved ESEA reauthorization forward? Why is it imperative that Congress reauthorize ESEA in 2010? What questions do you think are being ignored in the ESEA debate? Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, answered these questions and more during the first in a series of interactive webinars by the Alliance for Excellent Education on what’s happening in Washington, DC on education reform. The webinar on June 15 included a short presentation by Gov. Wise, followed by a question and answer session during which Gov. Wise answered submitted questions.
9:00 am – 11:30 am EST Hyatt Regency Washington-Capitol Hill, Yorktown Rm 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
One often-overlooked tool for improving students’ reading, as well as their learning from text, is writing. On April 14, 2010, the Alliance for Excellent Education released a report from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading, which identifies instructional practices shown to improve students’ reading abilities. Following a presentation of the report’s findings, experts explored the implications of the findings for the implementation of common core standards and federal policy.
9:00 am – 11:30 am EST Washington Court Hotel, Ballroom 2/3 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
This briefing featured educational leaders who are building the Linked Learning field in California. School leaders shared their on-the-ground experience, and policy experts and advocates talked about the alliance of stakeholders who have unified behind this approach. Click on the above link to read more about the event and to view materials from the event.