5:00 am – 6:30 am EST The Capitol Washington, DC
As part of the civil rights roundtable activity, the Alliance, in conjunction with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League, hosted a breakfast conversation with Paul Vallas on July 13, entitled “What Works for Urban High Schools?” As Chief Executive Office for Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001, and Chief Executive Office for the Philadelphia School District since July 2002, Mr. Vallas is an expert on transforming under-performing urban districts into models of reform.
4:30 am – 7:00 am EST Resources for the Future Washington, DC
How can America’s secondary schools turn things around for the millions of students who read and write below grade level? What can these schools do to help greater numbers of adolescents develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in college and to thrive in the 21st century workplace?
5:30 am – 12:30 pm EST Birmingham Civic Center Birmingham, AL
Improving Literacy In The Middle And High Schools: Taking The Alabama Reading Initiative To The Next Level
It was standing room only on June 30 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center for a special one-day forum co-sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Alabama Department of Education, and the office of Governor Bob Riley, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. More than 250 educators, policymakers, and business and community leaders—hailing from Alabama and neighboring states—gathered to learn more about reading and writing instruction at the secondary school level and to help kick off the Partnership for Adolescent Literacy, a pilot program designed to promote greater participation of secondary schools in the nationally renowned Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).
4:30 am – 10:00 am EST Library of Congress Washington, DC
More than 100 educators, policymakers, researchers and advocates attended the Alliance for Excellent Education’s forum in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 2006 to highlight innovative approaches in civil rights and education as well as to bring attention to the critical link between data-driven decisionmaking and promising practices. The event was designed to facilitate vital relationships between the traditional education and civil rights communities and provided an in-depth illustration of specific data-driven decision making programs/initiatives and their connection to meeting the Alliance’s mission of ensuring every child graduates prepared for postsecondary education, work, and success in life.
5:00 am – 7:00 am EST Washington, DC
The Academic Competitiveness Grant Program is for full-time students at degree-granting institutions who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are U.S. citizens, offering full-time Pell-eligible college students an additional $750 scholarship during their first year, and an additional $1,300 scholarship during their second year, if they have completed a rigorous program of study in high school. Each state has the opportunity to define a “rigorous secondary program of study” and submit its plan to the Department of Education for recognition. The meeting provided an opportunity for stakeholders—Governors’ education staff, Chief State School Officers, State Higher Education Executive Officers, and State Scholar Directors—to solicit input from a variety of education stakeholders as they map out their plans for ACG implementation.
4:00 am – 7:00 am EST Washington, DC
Building and effectively using state wide data systems is a critical component for determining student achievement and improving educational outcomes, including higher graduation rates. This symposium, hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education in cooperation with the Data Quality Campaign, seeks to articulate a vision of how the effective use of longitudinal data systems can help educators and policymakers close the achievement gap and assure that all students are taught the skills necessary to compete in today’s workforce. Audio and video from event available…
9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST U.S. Capitol Building Washington, DC
At this fourth and final forum for 2005, participants were introduced to the Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners, designed for secondary ELL teachers by the New Teacher Center. This tool provides teachers with strategies to improve language development and to enhance reading comprehension and writing skills. Preliminary findings show that the Six Key Strategies have a positive impact on student engagement, literacy skills, and teacher practice. The response discussed the merits of the Six Key Strategies and other promising approaches for ELL students, as well as the major education needs of ELL students and the necessary policy considerations for addressing those needs. Supplemental materials, including audio and video from the event, available…
3:30 am – 12:00 pm EST J.W. Marriott Washington, DC
Toward A More Literate Nation: Raising The Bar For Reading & Writing Instruction In Middle & High Schools
The symposium considered the challenges involved in bringing such high-quality adolescent literacy instruction to scale. More specifically: what will this mean for secondary school teachers, especially teachers in the content areas? For instance, what kinds of professional development, incentives, and supports will teachers require, and to what extent will that depend upon the specific content area, grade level, or student population? Through what mechanisms (pre-service training, in-service programs, dedicated literacy coaching, school reform models) will teachers learn those skills? And in order to make it possible for such literacy instruction to thrive, what reforms and policy changes must occur at the school, district, state, and federal levels? Supplemental materials, including video from the event, available…
4:30 am – 7:00 am EST Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Root Room Washington, DC
On September 14, the Alliance for Excellent Education profiled the University Park Campus School (UPCS) in Worcester, Massachusetts, as part of its series of forums looking at successful adolescent literacy programs and ways they are improving our nation’s high schools. Audio and supplemental materials available…
5:00 am – 9:30 am EST The National Press Club Washington, DC
On August 24, 2005, the Alliance for Excellent Education released the results of a national poll on the American public’s opinion of high schools and their role in educating students for the challenges of the 21st century. View the press release, PowerPoint, and video from the event…