9:30 am – 12:00 pm EST Washington Court Hotel, Ballroom 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
The Economic Benefits Of Reducing The Dropout Rate In The Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas: A Boom To Regional Businesses
At this event, the Alliance for Excellent Education released findings from its groundbreaking analysis of regional economies and the significant economic contributions that additional high school graduates would make within their communities. The event featured projections for the forty-five largest metropolitan areas in the country on several key economic indicators—growth in jobs and gross regional product, increases in regional home and auto sales, and several others—all as the result of reducing the regional dropout rate for a single high school class by half. Featured speakers included Edward Rust, chairman and CEO of State Farm®, Alma Powell, chairwoman of America’s Promise Alliance, and Tim Nadreau, Research Economist, Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.
9:00 am – 11:45 am EST Resources for the Future, 1st Fl., Conference Ctr. 1616 P Street, N.W. Washington, DC
On November 3, 2009, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a briefing that focused on fundamental changes that need to be made to teacher preparation programs. The briefing also highlighted promising practices and discussed policies that can promote a positive transformation in how teacher candidates are trained. Until high school teacher preparation is improved, too many students will continue to receive a subpar education with devastating personal and societal consequences. It is time for a dedicated investment—at all levels—to overhaul high school teacher preparation and to put the United States on the path toward a brighter future.
9:30 am – 11:30 am EST Hyatt Regency Hotel; Room: Regency A 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
On September 25, 2009, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a panel of federal policy leaders to discuss the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the federal government’s role in addressing chronically low-performing high schools.
9:00 am – 11:30 am EST Resources for the Future, First Flr Conference Ctr 1616 P Street, NW Washington, DC
It is important that all educators have the training, support, and structures in place to use data effectively. At this briefing, we will discuss the kinds of data that are most useful to teachers, the challenges inherent in teachers’ use of data, and the policies that can promote teachers’ use of data to impact student achievement. Our nation cannot afford to be “information poor” any longer; it is time to deliver on the promise of data to improve teaching and learning.
8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST Colorado History Museum, Boettcher Room 1300 Broadway Denver, CO
Adolescent Literacy For All: Helping All Students, Including English Language Learners And Students With Special Needs, Acquire The Foundational Skills
Approximately 120 educators, policymakers, and business and community leaders gathered on June 19 in Denver, Colorado, to learn more about the critical role that adolescent literacy plays in ensuring all students graduate from high school college and career ready and the importance of building a local, state, and national vision for how to help all students acquire these foundational skills. The forum was sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and Denver Public Schools. Speakers included U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien, and Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight Jones.
4:30 am – 8:15 am EST Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel Baton Rouge, LA
Adolescent Literacy: Forging A Local, State, And National Vision Of How To Help All Students Acquire The Foundational Skills That Will Enable Them To Succeed In School, Work, And Life
Approximately 120 educators, policymakers, and business and community leaders gathered on June 8 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to learn more about the critical role that adolescent literacy plays in preparing students for college and career readiness and the critical nature of building a local, state, and national vision for how to help all students acquire these foundational skills. The event was sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Louisiana Department of Education. Speakers included Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA), Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mayor-President Kip Holden of East Baton Rouge Parish, and Louisiana State Superintendent Paul Pastorek.
5:30 am – 7:30 am EST 562 Dirksen Building, U.S. Senate 1st & C Streets, NE Washington, DC
Nearly ninety educators, stakeholders, and policymakers gathered April 24 on Capitol Hill to learn about the role of school leaders in preparing secondary school students for success in college, work, and life. The discussion was cohosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and highlighted the achievements of three Breakthrough School principals as examples of this exceptional and much-needed leadership.
5:00 am – 7:30 am EST Hyatt Regency Hotel 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Utilizing Student Supports And Alternative Settings For Dropout Prevention: Georgia’s Performance Learning Centers
A diverse range of educators, administrators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders gathered on April 22, 2009, at Utilizing Student Supports and Alternative Settings for Dropout Prevention: Georgia’s Performance Learning Centers, a forum hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, to discuss the implementation and results of Communities in Schools’ Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Georgia. The event focused on the challenges of re-engaging students who are at risk of dropping out, how community organizations and school districts can partner to provide the necessary supports to ensure student success, and the implications of these experiences for national and federal efforts aimed at reducing America’s dropout rate.
4:30 am – 12:00 pm EST Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Meaningful Measurement: The Role Of Assessments In Improving High School Education In The Twenty-First Century
There is increasing attention being paid to the “next generation” of assessments and what that might mean for federal policy and the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This all-day conference explored key issues related to both the development and use of assessments, as well as federal policy implications. This included the development of college- and work-ready assessments, the use of formative assessments, the assessment of English language learners and students with disabilities, the use of assessments for growth models at the high school level, U.S. participation in and use of international assessments, and the role of technology in improving assessments.
4:30 am – 8:30 am EST Seattle Public Library 1000 Fourth Avenue Seattle, Washington
On April 10, 2009 the Alliance for Excellent Education, together with the College Success Foundation, sponsored a forum on the role of adolescent literacy in college- and career-readiness, with an emphasis on STEM. Explored during this forum was the role that literacy plays in preparing students successfully for college and work, as well as recognize promising efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to enhance middle and high school literacy. The event also focused on reviewing the latest research, practice, and policy related to adolescent literacy with local and national experts as well as with a broad array of stakeholders.