Read more about this AAPF15 collaborative effort from Education Northwest and Portland Public Schools.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Be sure to check the 2014 Event Materials page - located under "Agenda" in the website navigation - to access presentation files and other resources provided by the event speakers.
Each attendee will receive a printed version of the full policy forum booklet at the event. However, if you aren't able to join us you can click here to download an electronic copy of the booklet.
SIATech and RAPSA are proud to announce Thomas A. Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), will provide the keynote address for the 2014 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum.
In both his experience as president of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations and in his role as vice president of the Los Angeles County Office of Education Board, Mr. Saenz advocates for English Language Learners, Latinos, low-income students, and all other at-promise students.
As the president and general counsel of MALDEF, Saenz leads the civil rights organization's five offices in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.
Saenz spent four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's executive team as counsel to the mayor where he helped to lead the legislative effort to change the governance of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Saenz has led numerous civil rights cases in the areas of immigrants' rights, education, employment, and voting rights. He served as MALDEF's lead counsel in the successful challenge to California's anti-immigrant Proposition 187 and in two court challenges to Proposition 227, a California English-only education initiative. For eight years, Saenz taught Civil Rights Litigation as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) Law School.
Saenz graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, and he received his law degree from Yale Law School. Saenz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Hupp of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Saenz's presentation at the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum promises to bring important insights and enthusiasm to the event. This keynote will encourage attendees to continue their advocacy on behalf of at-promise students and programs.
SIATech and RAPSA are proud to announce the latest additions to the agenda of the 3rd Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum.
Engaging the 22+ Age Group, Ohio STyle
This session will share innovative strategies that have been adopted to encourage communities to serve older students. You will learn about Ohio's new initiative to provide funding for a limited number of over-age and under-credited students to earn a high school diploma, particularly students who have aged out of the charter school environment.
The Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, a nonprofit statewide charter school authorizer in Ohio, has been working with the Department of Education's initiative to support over-age students outside of a charter contract. This recently enacted law has generated plans and rules to take effect January 1, 2015.
This session will be facilitated by Jennifer Robison of the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation.
Integrating Social Emotional Learning in California's New LCFF Environment
Research shows that Social Emotional Learning is a critical component found in three of California's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) priorities: increasing student engagement, positive school climate, and academic achievement.
Through this highly interactive and engaging session, participants will learn the science of why students need Social Emotional Learning to be successful in their interactions at school, in their work toward Common Core State Standards, and in the workforce. Learn how school staff can bolster their own social emotional learning competencies to better navigate the dynamic world of education, meet the needs of their students, and prevent burnout. This workshop will present both the research and strategies that can be effectively incorporated into alternative education settings.
The workshop is provided by Joelle Hood, Riverside County Office of Education.
AAPF Announces Dr. Amy Lansing will be a presenter at the 3rd Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum
Research on the developmental impact of chronic and severe traumatic stress on children has begun to link violence exposure, poverty, maltreatment and cognitive functioning.
How should schools serving at promise youth address this issue? Engage in a dialogue with Dr. Amy Lansing who researches neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors in underserved and vulnerable youth.
Dr. Lansing is the director of the Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Studies in Aggression, Coping, Trauma and Stress (CNS-Acts) research program at UCSD. Her research program is dedicated to understanding the neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors and functional impairment in underserved and vulnerable populations, such as juvenile delinquents and maltreated youth.
This program integrates neuroscience technologies, cognitive rehabilitation, mental health services, neuropsychology, criminology, social justice and public policy issues. Support for her research comes from the National Institute of Child and Human Development and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
"While it is critical to instill a sense of personal responsibility, persistently delinquent youth disproportionately have severe trauma exposure, serious mental health issues, neurological problems and cognitive deficits. These youth also disproportionately come from underperforming school systems, impoverished communities and unstable home environments. There really are very few choices available to them. While the issues are very complex, this should not prevent us from moving forward and working together to improve the lives and living conditions of the most vulnerable portions of our society."
Dr. Lansing is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides direct mental health and cognitive rehabilitation service delivery to incarcerated youth in San Diego County. Her work includes a focus on academic issues, cognitive deficits, and unmet mental health needs of youth who are Wards of the Juvenile Court (Child Welfare and Delinquency).
Dr. Lansing is also a founding member of Humane Smarts, a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the minds of young people in San Diego County through a variety of community engagement, artistic, and academic experiences. Dr. Lansing was awarded the CANCER inCYTES Scholar Spotlight Award specifically for her contribution to public health and social justice.
America’s Promise Alliance Releases Groundbreaking Report – Don’t Call Them Dropouts - will be featured at the Policy Forum in November 2014
America’s Promise Alliance released a new report yesterday entitled, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” which takes an in-depth look at the stories of youth who left high school before graduating. This report will be part of the agenda at the 3rd Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum in November, 2014.
In their own voices, youth share their struggles and contribute to the larger ongoing narrative about why 20 percent of young people don’t finish high school on time. This report highlights the challenges of the work that you do to re-engage at promise youth.
This groundbreaking report breaks stereotypes about youths being bored or unmotivated. Rather, these youth are overwhelmed by the effects of toxic living conditions, such as homelessness, violent surroundings, abuse or neglect, catastrophic family health events, and the absence of caring adults who can help them succeed in school. The stories in “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” are emotional and powerful — describing family and community difficulties, along with the strength and resilience to re-engage in school or otherwise find a path to success.
Researchers conducted the largest mixed-methods study to date on this topic, including a quantitative survey of more than 2,000 young adults ages 18-25 who did not complete high school on time, as well as extensive interviews with more than 200 young adults of the same description in 16 communities nationwide experiencing high concentrations of poverty.
Learn more about the Don’t Call Them Dropouts report and the implications of this research for the work that you do at the 2014 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum on November 14 and 15 in San Diego, California.
Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D., will discuss the findings and implications of this work with attendees at the 3rd Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum. Don’t miss this chance to explore how your work relates to this cutting edge research.
Dr. Zaff is Senior Vice President of Research & Policy Development for America's Promise Alliance and the Director of the Center for Promise. He is also a senior fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
Read Don’t Call Them Dropouts.
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