Serving The Most Challenging Students – What Works with Dropouts
Lindsay Fondow, MSW, Data and Program Quality Manager, Shearwater High School
Bob Rath, President and CEO, Our Piece of the Pie
Whether you serve students who are at-risk of dropping out or who already have, reengaging dropouts remains a difficult challenge for all schools. This session reviews proven dropout recovery strategies as a basis for discussing what an alternative accountability system should contain.
Accountability Options for Schools Serving At Risk Students
Dr. Jody Ernst, Colorado League of Charter Schools
Explore research-based alternatives to traditional once-a-year cohort testing. Examine key components of alternative accountability systems and the reasons for their usage. Learn what tools are being used to measure individual student growth.
Professional Development for At-Promise Education
Diane Fairchild, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, SIATech - View Presentation
Eileen Holmes, Director, RAPSA - View Presentation
Kris Mallory, Chief Instructional Officer, SIATech
Small alternative schools have unique challenges for staff development, evaluation, and retention. Discover options available for teachers and administrators focused on serving at-risk students. Share your insights on teacher characteristics that are successful for serving over-age and under-credited students.
Graduation Goals for Re-Engaged Dropouts
Dr. Russell Rumberger, Director, California Dropout Research Project, UC Santa Barbara
Research shows that an average of only 20% of re-engaged students earn a high school diploma. Yet re-engaged dropouts are often expected to meet the same standards as traditional schools. How can schools demonstrate suitable college, career, and life transformation. Join the discussion of what should be meaningful goals for re-engaged students.
Advocating for Your Programs and Students
Rick Clark, National Liaison - View Presentation
Matt D. LaPlante, Journalism and Communications Professor, Utah State University
Greg Moser, Attorney, Procopio - View Presentation or html
Ernie Silva, Director of External Affairs, SIATech
Learn how the November election results may effect ESEA reform and alternative accountability efforts. Discover strategies being used across the country by educators to advocate for at-risk students. Help build a coalition to advance policy reform to serve at-risk youth.
Learn more about last year's event. You can read a summary report here.
We are often asked about who attended last year. The chart below summarizes who attended the policy forum. The majority were assistant superintendents and program directors. More than a dozen states were represented.
Comments from Last Year's Attendees
We welcomed feedback at last year's event and received numerous evaluations on the various presentations and the policy forum overall.
Here is a sampling of comments from the attendees: