20 Years of Reengagement Success: Seattle’s Partnership for Connecting At-Promise Students to College
Strand:Support Reengagement and Dropout Prevention Presenters:Curt Peterson, Anissa Sharratt, Mike Sita, and Molly Ward, South Seattle College and Highline Public Schools Supporting reengagement students from high school to college is not a distant dream. It’s happening every day in Seattle through a 20-year partnership between Highline Public Schools and South Seattle College. Serving one of the most challenging parts of the city, a partnership built on trust, flexibility, and total commitment to student success is seeing students earn diplomas and transition to college. This presentation will explain the partnership, how it works, and its successes.
Building Bridges to College for California Opportunity Youth: The Role of CBOs and Pathways in Community College Relationships
Strands:Support Reengagement and Dropout Prevention, Teaching Strategies Presenters: Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Career Ladders Project; Linda Dawson and Laurie Pianka, SIATech; and Breeanna Decker and Joe Herrity, Opportunity Youth Partnership This session will highlight how the Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative (OACOYI), Santa Clara County Opportunity Youth Partnership (SCCOYP), and SIATech, a nonprofit charter high school focused on dropout recovery, are all leading efforts to create pathways to college for opportunity youth and young people in alternative high schools. We will showcase tools the collaboratives have used to bring together community based organizations to partner with their local colleges and their progress in these collaboratives.
Continuous Improvement of Alternative Education in Kentucky: Support, Recognition and Accountability
This presentation will provide attendees a holistic picture of the Kentucky Alternative Educational System and the state level efforts to ensure a meaningful accountability process that promotes reflection, student voice, strengths, and continuous improvements. Data visuals, protocols, and example reports will be shared. Interaction with attendees will be infused throughout including and the use of plickers (i.e., paper clickers) that allows live polling and immediate display of audience input as well as intermittent discussions. Kentucky assesses the extent of student progress toward proficiency and strives for accurate, understandable reporting so that all Kentucky education stakeholders have the data they need, including Career Technical Education measures.
Stand: Presenters:Amy Lansing, University of California San Diego
District-Wide Social Emotional Learning: Cultivating Champions to Build Capacity and Sustainability
Strand:Teaching Students Presenters:Joelle Hood, Collaborate Learning Solutions; and Justin Brooks, Jerri Jameson, and Dianne Tiner, Kern High School District
Studies show that when Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is implemented district-wide and the focus starts with adults first, the outcomes for success and sustainability are much more likely. Last year, Collaborative Learning Solutions and Kern High School District partnered in a new Professional Learning/Internal Champion Coaching model called "Social Emotional Learning 2.0." A team from each of the 23 high schools in the district gathered together monthly. In these monthly meetings, they participated in a full day of highly interactive and engaging Professional Learning with the expectation that they would take this new learning back to their classrooms and sites and come back with stories of best practices and challenges to overcome. These SEL Internal Champions also participated in an online Professional Learning network supporting each other with ideas, questions, resources, and inspiration. Learn how to use SEL and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to become catalysts for positive change!
Flip the Script San Diego: 53,000 Reasons to Change the Story of San Diego’s Opportunity Youth
San Diego Workforce Partnership and community partner panelists will present findings from the 2017 study Flip the Script: 53,000 Reasons to Change the Story of San Diego’s Opportunity Youth. Panelists will share details of early efforts to address the San Diego County youth disconnection crisis, data analysis gleaned from the 2017 study commissioned by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and present a vision for how San Diego can flip the script for opportunity youth.
Implementing Mentoring Programs with At-Promise Teens
Strand:Support Reengagement and Dropout Prevention Presenters:Sara Asmussen and Lisa DiGaudio, New Dawn Charter High School Research shows that students who have strong personal connections at the school setting have a greater chance of achieving academic success. New Dawn leaders will outline how to develop a mentoring program that connects all adults in the school building with every student in the school, including sharing the results at New Dawn, a transfer high school in Brooklyn, NY. Presenters will share how New Dawn outperforms in persistence and other areas on the NYC School Survey and Quality Snapshot by developing and implementing a mentoring program. In this hands on session, participants will work in small groups according to their mentoring experience to explore one of three relevant questions: How can a small scale mentoring program be adopted at your school? What would be necessary to develop a successful proposal and implement it? And, troubleshooting current practices: what is working and what isn’t?
Leveraging Social Supports for At-Promise Students
Dr. Jon Zaff the prime researcher for America’s Promise Alliance and Dr. Shannon Varga will provide a social support mapping app for understanding the social supports available to at-promise youth and levers for optimizing their academic (and life) success. Participants will use provided tablets to work through an exercise using a social support mapping app that practitioners can use with youth to understand the youth’s web of supports. The session includes a discussion about how to use that information to optimize the supports that youth are and could be receiving. The session is relevant both for practitioners who work with at-promise youth as well as for policy advocates who are looking to design better policies to support at-promise youth.
The Life-Changing Power of Abundant Reading
Strand: Teaching Students Presenter:Jan Bryan, Renaissance Learning Dr. Jan Bryan, former professor and current education officer for Renaissance, will lead a session focused on differentiated and individualized instruction for reading and the use of multiple metrics to quantify reading growth. Attendees will explore practices proven to yield achievement and growth gains. Further, they will explore reading’s impact on vocabulary acquisition and how that impacts job advancement outside of school to understand why wide abundant reading is the surest route out of poverty.
Measuring Effectiveness of Student Reengagement Programs
Strand:Education Policy and Data Presenters:Judith Martinez, Colorado Department of Education plus three Colorado Student Reengagement Grantees from Urban Suburban and Rural School Districts The Colorado Student Reengagement Grant was launched in 2016 to assist local education providers in providing academic and support services to increase student reengagement at the secondary level. Attend this workshop and hear from Colorado districts that received this first-time funding to pilot innovations linked to student reengagement and implement effective research-based strategies. Discussion will include a review of key program components, lessons learned in tracking results, evaluation findings, and communicating results to policy makers.
Now What? Developing Post-Secondary Options for Reengaged Youth
Strand: Presenters: Michelle Feist, FHI360, and Thomas Showalter, NYEC
Reengaging At-Promise Students: Equity Advocacy In Action
Strand: Presenter:Tony Simmons, High School For Recording Arts
Reengaging Students with a Student Engagement Department
Strand: Support Reengagement and Dropout Prevention Presenter:Isabel Galvez Lara, YouthBuild Charter Schools of California Reengaging out-of-school youth can be difficult and demanding work despite quality programs and high ideals. Learn how YouthBuild Charter Schools of California is meeting the challenge by empowering their most engaging teachers to take on the task. Learn about the creation of their Student Engagement Department and its amazing results. This session provides an opportunity to be on the cutting-edge of emerging best practices in student engagement and dropout prevention.
Resources and Strategies for Alternative School Accountability
As state plans for school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act come forth, education leaders around the country are grappling with the best ways to ensure high-quality alternative schools while also allowing them flexibility to successfully fulfill their missions. Panelists in this session will preview two forthcoming resources related to accountability for alternative education settings: (1) a policy brief designed to help education leaders better understand the framework of accountability for alternative education, and (2) a toolkit outlining the systems and processes states can use to ensure robust and relevant accountability for alternative schools. The policy brief examines state definitions of alternative schools, how states are approaching the overall design of alternative accountability systems, specific measures that are responsive to alternative education settings, and mechanisms for continuous improvement. The toolkit discusses the various intricacies of developing a comprehensive system of alternative education, including processes, stakeholder engagement, and guidance for quantitative and qualitative analysis. All panelists will reflect on the general purpose off accountability systems in alternative education and their role in ensuring the quality and continuous improvement of alternative education institutions.
Retention and Other Measures to Demonstrate Successful Outcomes for At-Promise Students
Strand:Education Policy and Data Presenters:Janice Delagrammatikas and Diana Walsh-Reuss, Come Back Kids, Riverside County Office of Education Join the conversation of meaningful outcome measures for at-promise students with leaders from the Come Back Kids program in Riverside County. This timely session provides opportuniSupport Reengagement and Dropout Preventionties to share strategies and seek consensus. Bring your approaches and questions about how dropout recovery schools are measuring retention and save rates, and any other measures they are using to demonstrate successful outcomes for students. The conversation will cover how schools are disaggregating data by student subgroups as well as by age and credit accrual. This session is geared at experienced education leaders and data nerds serving at-promise students from all states.
The Role of Authorizers and School Boards in Schools Serving At-Promise Youth
Strand:Support Reengagement and Dropout Prevention Presenters:Linda Dawson, SIATech; Leslie Talbot, Talbot Consulting; and Vanessa Threatte, SUNY Charter Schools Institute Hear from school board members and charter school authorizers about how they view their role in supporting the reengagement of at promise youth. This interesting panel includes leaders from coast to coast and will be informed by surveys of frequent AAPF attendees. Session attendees will have time to ask questions and comment on the interviews and perspectives. If you’re trying to find out what school boards are thinking about their responsibilities to out of school youth and about reengagement, this is the session for you.
Social Media As an Advocacy Tool for Your Students
States are getting more sophisticated in how they tell the story of student achievement and school performance; but many in the alternative-education community think that even the latest accountability systems fail to take into account the situations and background of “our kids.” This session will brainstorm the pros and cons of current systems, look at the barriers to thinking differently, and envision new approaches that meet public accountability needs but truly start with students. This session will be highly interactive and challenge our assumptions about who we serve and why.
A Synthesis of Academic Interventions for Students in Alternative High Schools
Dr. Nicole Pyle, an Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University, and Sally Brown, who is conducting her dissertation about youth with reading difficulties in an alternative high school, will provide a systematic review of the academic interventions implemented in alternative high schools from 1970 to 2016. Limited, high quality research studies are available to inform researchers and educators of effective academic interventions to improve academic outcomes with youth who attend alternative high schools. The presenters will review the limited research base, highlight the most effective instructional strategies implemented in academic interventions, and suggest possible future research and implications for practice.
Trends and Opportunities in Statewide Accountability for Youth in Alternative Schools under ESSA
This session will feature a panel of experts focused on understanding how states across the country are considering the unique characteristics of alternative options schools in the state school accountability plans. The implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to articulate how they are incorporating alternative options schools in the over-arching design of state school accountability systems. This process is opening the door for education leaders to reexamine the role that alternative options schools play in ensuring that all students have an effective pathway to college- and career-readiness. Panelists will examine how states are defining alternative schools, how states are approaching the overall design of alternative accountability systems, and specific indicators of continuous improvement. In addition, panelists will discuss how some states are building policy consensus on accountability approaches that balance the need for common measures, with the need for customization and innovative program design.
Using “Students at the Center” Resources to Strengthen Instruction
Strand:Teaching Students Presenters:Terry Grobe and Krista Sabados, Jobs For the Future In this session participants will explore the principles of student-centered learning drawn from research and identify states where “Students at the Center” policies are being promoted. The session will connect participants to a range of resources that can guide and inform student-centered instructional work. A writing to learn strategy will be employed to assist participants in determining how to use the resources to strengthen or support practice in their particular contexts.
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