Tony Simmons, High School for Recording Arts, is a frequent presenter and advocate for alternative accountability policies and practices that his school embraces. Last year, he described how HSRA uses recording albums, student workshops, group study advisories and other methods to demonstrate mastery of state standards without being limited by seat time. This year, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton kicked off the statewide “GEAR UP” week at Tony’s school in recognition of the urgent need to help low-income and underrepresented students prepare for a postsecondary education. Read about his school’s impact on state policy in the article below.
This year's Alternative Accountability Policy Forum will include six Conversation Sessions to build on our guests' expectations of collaboration and networking with in-house expertise. To ensure the success of this endeavor, Conversation Sessions are led by conveners with recognized national expertise. Conversation sessions reverse the timelines of traditional sessions with a few minutes for context and at least 45 minutes for back and forth among attendees.
We are excited to announce that Utah State Journalism Professor Matt LaPlante and Speak Up Survey developer Julie Evans will host a conversation on how to address the challenge of maintaining contact with graduates of at-risk student schools and programs. The most common accountability question for schools serving "at promise" students is, "What do your students do after they leave you?" But unlike students with stable homes and traditional trajectories, our students can be difficult to follow. Share your strategies and learn from others about how to build long-term engagement for facilitating accountability and sharing success.
Other Conversation Sessions include:
Jon Zaff and Craig McClay from America's Promise Alliance in a conversation about how educators and researchers can respectfully reference disengaged youth.
Nelson Smith, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and Jody Ernst, Momentum Strategies, in a conversation about the many state, district and school level efforts to identify and implement meaningful accountability systems for schools serving at promise students.
Leslie Talbot, Aretha Miller and Robert Clark in a conversation about how school design principles from New York's Pathways to Opportunity Project findings may fit other school systems.
Nick Mathern, Gateway to College, in a conversation about how programs featuring relevant post-secondary training and support are powerful motivators attracting youth to re-engage with their education.
Chuck Wolfe, K12 Inc., in a conversation sharing innovative strategies and persistent challenges in providing wrap around services for at promise students in the unique environment of virtual schools.
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Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia - Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum
The Honorable Eduardo Garcia, Member of the California State Assembly, will provide the 2015 Keynote Address for the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum. Assembly Member Garcia has been working on California's WIOA conformity statute. He is strongly committed to reengaging youth and ensuring that all young men and women have an opportunity to earn living wages, job skills, and diplomas.
Assembly Member Garcia represents the 56th Assembly District, which includes the Coachella Valley, where he grew up and is raising his family. He speaks boldly of his family's work in agriculture, and of the pride in being the first in his family to attend college. He earned a Bachelor's degree from UC Riverside, a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California, and completed a program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He understands the challenges of poverty and the importance of combining a diploma with job skills.
Garcia is committed to bringing jobs and education to impoverished communities throughout California. He has authored legislation to expand the impact of the Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Centers. He serves as Chairman of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. Garcia's leadership in that Committee has earned him the respect and confidence of his colleagues. He also serves as a member of the Latino Caucus and of the Select Committee on Boys and Men of Color.
Assembly Member Garcia will be speaking on November 16, 8 a.m. at the Marriott Coronado Island. RAPSA is proud to welcome Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia to the 2015 AAPF. Join us by registering below!
Last year, Susan Miller (State University of New York), presented with a team of experts about finding meaningful accountability measures for over-age under-credit students. As the article below explains, that work is impacting students’ lives today.
This year, leaders of that effort will present at the 2015 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum in San Diego by answering the question, What Key School Design Elements Effectively Support Off-Track Youth?
Leslie Talbot, Aretha Miller and Robert Clark will lead a Conversation Session that includes a “gallery walk” of perspectives and collaboration to learn from each other, determine how the Pathways to Opportunity Project findings may fit other school systems, synthesize the information, and garner consensus.
The 2015 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum will include 6 conversation sessions intended to build on attendee’s expectations of collaboration and networking by providing a modicum of structure which builds on the in-house expertise. Conversation sessions are led by education leaders with recognized national expertise in the Conversation Session topics and experience in convening veteran practitioners. The Policy Forum also includes 24 presentation sessions on topics ranging from Understanding Trauma Exposure to WIOA Implementation.
If you haven’t registered for the Nation’s leading conference about policies and practices supporting off-track youth, join us today!
The 2015 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum is pleased to welcome presenters from Education Northwest and Portland Public Schools. They will present a session with the working title, "Telling the Whole Story: Using Qualitative and Quantitative Metrics to Measure Multiple Facets of Alternative Programs." This inspiring presentation will highlight ways to effectively measure student progress, student achievement, school climate, and more.
Read more about this AAPF15 collaborative effort from Education Northwest and Portland Public Schools.
Thank you to two additional sponsors for the 4th Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum to be held November 15-17, 2015, in San Diego!
Thank you to the most recent group of organizations that have stepped up to support the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum 2015: AdvancED, Jobs for the Future, and Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves, & Savitch.
2015 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum Sessions Focus on Policy and Practice Recommendations
The 2014 Conference Proceedings developed by WestEd's BethAnn Berliner and Lori Van Houton includes Ten Policy and Practice Priorities to improve outcomes for at-risk students and the schools that serve them.
This year's Alternative Accountability Policy Forum presentations will provide concrete examples of how those policies and practices are being carried out across the Country.
Read the WestEd report and come participate in a unique professional development experience.
Federal and State Policy:
Practical and Promising Recommendations
Schools, Districts and Charter Authorizers:
Practical and Promising Practices
If you would like to share your expertise on one of the 10 policies or practices listed in the WestEd Report, submit your presentation proposal now.
CALL FOR PRESENTERS
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Join RAPSA Today and earn a $50 savings on November Policy Forum Registration
Join us in teaching, learning and advocating on behalf of at promise students and save $50 off the registration price for the November 15-17 Policy Forum. Your membership provides targeted professional development webinars and other special events throughout the year. Join us to support reports and training about dropout recovery, alternative accountability, noncognitive skills, social emotional learning and other issues critical to the success of at-promise students.
RAPSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on professional development for education leaders serving reengaged dropouts, opportunity youth, and other "at-promise" students.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
For more information about the Policy Forum, contact Ernie Silva at 916.449.8919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new sponsors have expressed their support for the 4th Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum for 2015. Thank you to Renaissance Learning and Koppel & Gruber.
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K12 classroom, raise the level of school performance, and accelerate learning for all. With the Universal Screener and progress monitoring in the STAR Enterprise assessment, Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing, and math every day. Renaissance Learning leverages top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists, and technologists within a rigorous development and calibration process to deliver and continuously improve its offerings for subscribers in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 60 countries around the world.
Koppel & Gruber Public Finance specializes in financial consulting to public agencies. The founding partners of the firm, Scott Koppel and Lyn Gruber, each have over eighteen years of experience in municipal financial consulting. We are privately held and our greatest concern is the satisfaction of our clients and their constituents and not shareholders. It is our practice to respect the culture and practices of each agency client and act as an addition to your staff.
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