3:30 am – 6:00 am EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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.
5:00 am – 6:30 am EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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 EDT 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.