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.
5:30 am – 7:30 am EST Washington Court Hotel, Ballroom III 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Accelerated Learning For All: How Access To College Courses Can Help Struggling Students Graduate From High School And Succeed In College And Work
Over one hundred educators, administrators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders gathered on March 25, 2009 at Accelerated Learning for All: How Access to College Courses Can Help Struggling Students Graduate from High School and Succeed in College and Work, a forum hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, to discuss the Early College High School Initiative (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated by Jobs For the Future) and the Gateway to College model implemented as part of the initiative.
10:00 am – 1:30 pm EST Grand Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC
On March 10, the DQC partners and other national thought-leaders spearheaded a national conversation to: (1) discuss the integral role of data to the national education improvement agenda and how the newly available stimulus funds can be used to improve student achievement and close achievement gaps; (2) celebrate state progress in building longitudinal data systems, (3) explore remaining challenges to the growth and use of these systems; and (4) highlight and discuss the state and federal roles in addressing next generation issues to ensure the use of these new data systems.
4:30 am – 6:30 am EST Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Nearly one hundred educators, administrators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders gathered on February 25, 2009 at High School Renewal: Big Success for San Diego’s Small Schools, a forum hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, to discuss San Diego’s high school reform initiative and the experiences of two of its small high schools—the School of International Business (SIB) and the Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy (CTA). The event focused on the challenges of high school redesign, policies and practices to successfully overcome those challenges, and the implications of these experiences for national and federal efforts to improve America’s schools.
4:00 am – 6:00 am EST Resources for the Future First Floor Conference Center, 1616 P Street, NW Washington, DC
High School Achievement Series: It’s Simple Math: Recruiting Highly Effective Teachers + Right Supports = Increased Student Achievement
A diverse group of educators, administrators, policymakers and other key stakeholders gathered on December 10 to learn about Cumulative Effect (CE), a Guilford County, NC promising practice that aims to attract, support, and retain highly effective math teachers for low-performing high schools. The event—hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education—detailed the programmatic elements of CE, as well as specific federal policy lessons to be learned from its implementation. It also provided key perspectives about the program from the district, school, and classroom levels.
6:00 am – 8:00 am EST U.S. House of Representatives 2261 Rayburn Building Washington, DC
A standing-room-only crowd of about one hundred thirty educators, stakeholders, and policymakers gathered on September 12 to consider strategies to keep students in school so that they ultimately graduate prepared for postsecondary education and the modern workplace.