4:00 am – 1:00 pm EST Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Ave NW Washington, DC
On October 4-5, the Alliance for Excellent Education convened local, state, and national education leaders to discuss federal strategies for improving the achievement of our nation’s struggling middle and high school students. Last year’s conference examined the consensus that has been building around a federal agenda for high school reform. Leveraging that momentum, this year’s conference focused on explicit policies that should be included in NCLB to improve high schools.
4:30 am – 7:00 am EST Resources for the Future Washington, DC
On September 12, the Alliance released High School Teaching for the Twenty-first Century: Preparing Students for College with a panel of national experts on teacher quality discussing how the teacher preparation pipeline, from pre-service training to professional development, can be strengthened in order to raise the quality of high school teaching in order to prepare students for success beyond the high school diploma.
6:00 am – 8:00 am EST U.S. Senate 325 Russell Building Washington, DC
Nationally, one-third of our students – about 1.2 million each year – leave high school without a diploma, and graduation rates for poor and minority students are even lower. Because the consequences are significant for individuals, communities, and the nation, identifying and solving the dropout crisis is critical to improving the long-term well-being of today’s youth and tomorrow’s economy.
4:00 am – 6:30 am EST U. S. House of Representatives B-339 Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC
In schools, districts, and states across the country, data and educational technology are proving to be powerful tools to effectively engage students, improve instruction, and ensure that all students graduate prepared to succeed in the increasingly knowledge-based global economy of the 21st century. This breakfast forum provided policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders with concrete examples of effective state and local uses of these tools to improve teaching and learning. Respondents discussed how appropriate federal policy can promote the replication of successful practice to help every student graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the modern workplace.
4:30 am – 7:30 am EST First Unitarian Church of Oakland Oakland, CA
From No Child Left Behind To Every Child A Graduate: Connecting Local Priorities To National Opportunities
In an effort to continue building public understanding and support for local high school improvement and redesign efforts, as well as for an increased federal investment in our nation’s high schools, the Alliance for Excellent Education, in coordination with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, the San Francisco Education Fund, and the School Redesign Network held a special one-day meeting in Oakland, CA, on July 20. The meeting featured remarks from U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with Bay Area representatives deeply involved in, or affected by, the high school improvement/reform efforts taking place within the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), and the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).
9:00 am – 11:00 am EST Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Root Room Washington, DC
Literacy Instruction In The Content Areas: Getting To The Core Of Middle And High School Improvement
On June 12, the Alliance for Excellent Education released Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement, which argues that reading and writing instruction must be included in all academic areas if literacy is to improve to levels that will ensure the nation’s middle and high school students are prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship, and held a lively discussion of the kinds of advanced literacy instruction that all students should receive, and which are essential to mastering the academic content areas that comprise the heart of the middle and high school curriculum.
6:00 am – 10:30 am EST San Francisco Airport Marriott Burlingame, CA
Reading, Writing, And Readiness For College And Career: A Policy Forum On Adolescent Literacy Instruction
On May 30, more than sixty of California’s most influential education leaders came together for a special one-day policy forum on adolescent literacy instruction, hosted by the California Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education in partnership with the Association of California School Administrators, the California Teachers Association, the California County Superintendents Education Services Association, and the Comprehensive Assistance Center at WestEd. The event was funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
4:30 am – 11:30 am EST Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Madison, Wisconsin
On May 7, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Alliance for Excellent Education held a special one-day event at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, WI. This Summit was meant to build connections among the many groups and individuals working across Wisconsin to improve the teaching of reading and writing in the state’s middle and high schools. It offered an opportunity to coordinate existing initiatives and programs, share information, cultivate new champions for high-quality literacy instruction, and to build momentum in Wisconsin to create the most literate, well-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation.
3:30 am – 6:00 am EST Capitol Hill Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902 Washington, DC
On January 26, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted an overview of recent research into what educational reforms and interventions are – or are not – working for students in America’s chronically low-performing high schools, and heard about and discussed lessons learned from rigorous evaluations of prominent high school improvement models, focusing on particular reform strategies having a positive impact on student achievement, graduation rates, post-secondary attainment, and other important measures.
3:30 am – 6:00 am EST Dirksen Senate Office Building Capitol Hill Washington, DC
On December 6, the Alliance for Excellent Education held an informative event looking at how one district—Kaua’i Area Complex in Hawaii—leveraged quality instruction to improve the achievement of poor students and English language learners. The discussion focused on the challenges related to English language learners faced by secondary school students, parents, and educators; the policies and practices attempting to overcome those challenges; and implications for federal policy to improve America’s secondary schools.