So what will I learn at the 2016 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum?
Here's a sneak peak at a sample session from each of the strands:
Strand 1 - Implementing Effective Alternative Accountability Policies and Data
Sample Session: Alternative Accountability Toolkit, Education NorthWest, Christopher Mazzeo
Receive an alternative accountability toolkit based on work Education NorthWest has done with school districts and states in the Northwest. The toolkit includes templates and guidelines for developing and implementing accountability systems that reflect the complexity of alternative programs. The Session will also address considerations for multiple measure accountability under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Session attendees will provide feedback on the toolkit that will be used to inform and improve the next iteration.
Strand 2 - Workforce, Community and Post-Secondary Partnerships to Support Reengagement
Sample Session: Teaching Student Safety in CTE Programs, Robin Dewey UC Berkeley, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
Preparing students for successful careers is an important role schools have played through their career technical educational programs. But often first jobs are hazardous and consequently youth are injured at work at a higher rate than adults. Gaining health and safety skills before entering the world of work can help give youth the tools they need to protect themselves. This session will provide an overview of the essential health and safety skills all workers need to stay safe. Fun, interactive activities for teaching these skills will be presented. These activities are part of a free curriculum for schools that was created by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Strand 3 - Teaching and Learning Strategies for At-Promise Students
Sample Session: Values and Decisions: A Blended Learning Approach to Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills in an Independent Study Setting.
Faced with the urgent need to address the social emotional learning (SEL) needs of our students, Come Back Kids (CBK) has developed a unique comprehensive strategy for addressing those concerns served in an independent study setting. CBK is a dropout recovery and prevention charter school operated by the Riverside County Office of Education. Over 90% of our students are between the ages of 18 and 24 and virtually all have experienced multiple educational, social, and emotional challenges that have affected their educational success. Our goal was to provide a Tier one intervention that would improve retention and graduation rates as well as develop social capital with adult students and staff. The development of the Values and Decisions Course in the on-line learning platform, blended learning model was the result. Values and Decisions is a two-semester elective course comprised of ten online learning modules. It is a school-wide intervention funded in our LCAP addressing State Priorities: Student Engagement, School Climate, and other Student Outcomes. Our staff is evaluating the effects of student growth from pre/post surveys and comparing student attendance rates, retention rates, and enrollment in advanced courses by students who have completed the Values and Decisions on-line SEL course.
Strand 4 - Serving the Whole Student
Sample Session: Social Emotional Wellness for Educators-- How it Takes a Whole Adult to Serve the Whole Child
Our own Social Emotional Wellness is the best prevention/intervention tool that we can offer our students and colleagues, yet stress among teachers is on the rise. Over half of teachers in the United States, report severe stress in the workplace. Research shows that this stress often leads to high absenteeism and turnover, and lowered efficacy in the classroom and longevity in the profession. In this highly engaging workshop, the facilitator will explain the latest research on the neuroscience supporting Social Emotional Wellness and Mindfulness for educators, and take participants on an experiential journey to see how awakening their own attention and self-reflection will enhance their ability to create positive change within themselves, influence positive change on their school/district climate and culture, and enhance their ability to serve the whole child needs of each student.
Early Bird Rate Ends Aug. 24! Rate has been extended due to this busy back-to-school time.
Reaching At-Promise Student Awards
Please join RAPSA as we embark on an awards event at the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum - Reaching At-Promise Student Awards! These awards are intended to recognize the extraordinary promise of our students and the amazing work being done to support them across the country - A celebration not a competition.