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.
3:30 am – 6:00 am EST Resources for the Future Conference Facility, First Floor 1616 P Street, NW Washington, DC
Double The Work: Challenges And Solutions To Acquiring Language And Academic Literacy For Adolescent English Language Learners
On November 2, the Alliance for Excellent Education released DOUBLE THE WORK: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners, a report which argues that English language learners must work twice as hard in order to meet the same accountability standards as their native English-speaking peers. The report, which was commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York, recommends several techniques and strategies for overcoming the challenges to improving the literacy of English language learners.
4:30 am – 8:00 am EST Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
On October 19, the Alliance for Excellent Education released Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High School, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York and published by the Alliance, the report discusses eleven specific teaching techniques that research suggests will help improve the writing abilities of the country’s 4th- to 12th-grade students.
3:30 am – 10:00 am EST Washington Court Hotel Washington, DC
For two days in October, the Alliance for Excellent Education convened the country’s leading experts on high school reform. Discussion centered on what is and is not working at the state and local level, explored what a shared federal agenda for reform might encompass. Guided by research and good practice, we examined what federal policy levers are best suited to advance smart federal policy. Like it or not, federal policymakers are making decisions about high school reform, even if they choose to take little or no action. This conference offered a rare opportunity to inform those decisions by connecting conversations among federal, state, and local stakeholders.
4:45 am – 12:00 pm EST Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
A day-long symposium of policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders interested in strengthening secondary education at the middle level and developing a national middle-level policy, examined research, best practices, and policy to help answer questions on how educators and policymakers can ensure that students in grades five through eight stay engaged in a challenging, standards-based curricula and begin to get the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.
4:30 am – 7:00 am EST Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124 Washington, DC
On September 14, as part of its breakfast series, the Alliance featured Granger High School in Washington state—a high-poverty, high-minority school that has been transformed to see dramatic increases in student attendance; reading, writing, and math scores; and graduation rates. At the forum, Principal Richard Esparza shared the secrets of Granger’s success.