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THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMITS

Preparing America’s Future Regional High School Summit
The Wyndham at Emerald Plaza
400 West Broadway
San Diego, California
May 7-8, 2004


Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and the Council of Great City Schools

Friday, May 7, 2004
Morning General Session:
Crystal 1 (2nd floor)

7:30-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast: Crystal 1 Foyer (2nd floor)

8:30-8:45 am Welcome and Greetings:
  • Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jack O'Connell, California Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Dr. Rudy M. Casterita, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
8:45-9:15 am Opening General Session: Preparing America’s Future: The Charge for State Policy Makers
Susan Sclafani, Counselor to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

9:15-9:45 am High School from the Student Perspective: Roundtable Discussion with High School Students.
Moderator: Sheila Byrd, Executive Director, The American Diploma Project

Students:
  • Shara Anderson, Eastlake High School
  • Carlos Espinosa, Mar Vista High
  • Andrew Nho, High Tech High
  • Khristine Vinluan, Montgomery High School
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

9:45 -10:30 am State Policies that Support Student Preparedness for Career and Postsecondary Success: National and Regional Perspectives
  • Ilene Berman, Deputy Director, Education Division, National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
  • Naomi Housman, Coordinator, National High School Alliance
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

10:30-11:00 am Introductions of Facilitators and Content Coaches
Amy Bennett, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

11:00-11:45 am Introductory Team Session
  • Facilitators meet with teams in team rooms
  • Team leaders will work with members to ensure coverage of all sessions
California: Opal (2nd floor)
Minnesota: Topaz (2nd floor)
Oregon: Diamond 2 (2nd floor)
Washington: Crystal 2 (2nd floor)

11:45-12:00 pm Transition time

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Keynote Address: Signs of Life in the American High School: Trends Toward Innovation and Excellence:
Tom Vander Ark, Executive Director, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1:00-1:15 pm Transition to Discussion Forums

1:15-2:45 pm Discussion Forums:

Forum 1. Setting Expectations and Aligning Systems: Diamond 2 (2nd floor) This session will outline the need for states and districts to set clear and high standards for high schools that are clearly aligned with elementary and postsecondary requirements. These standards will then guide districts and states as they develop curriculum, assessments, and programs to help students ease the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Moderator: Lois Adams-Rodgers, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Speakers:
  • STATE POLICIES FOR COLLEGE READINESS AND SMOOTH TRANSITIONS
  • Ilene Berman, Deputy Director, Education Division, National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
  • Ready or Not, Preparing High School Graduates for Work and College.
  • Sheila Byrd, Executive Director, The American Diploma Project
  • Lessons Learned about Core Curriculum and the State Scholars Initiative
  • Jennifer Vranek, Executive Director, Partnership for Learning
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 2. Promising Practices to Help Striving Students: Opal (2nd floor) This session will focus on a variety of strategies to improve instruction and student achievement. Although all students must reach the established standards and goals, schools can vary the time, resources, and support that are provided in order to ensure that every student is successful. Presenters will review the related research, discuss issues related to adolescent literacy, and present promising practices for serving ELL students and students with disabilities.

Moderator: Ruth Martinez, Senior Policy Analyst, DTI Associates, Inc.

Speakers:
  • Just Tell Me What Works! Examining the Knowledge Base on High School Improvement
  • James Kemple, Senior Fellow, MDRC
  • Helping Striving Readers Read at a High School Level
  • Peggy McCardle, Associate Chief, Child Development & Behavior Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • How Can Youth with Disabilities Achieve at High Levels in High School?
  • Troy Justesen, Acting Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Educational and Rehabilitative Services
  • Improving Instruction for ELL Students Through Standards and Assessments
  • Kathleen Leos, Associate Deputy Undersecretary and Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 3. High School Reform Models That Support Student Achievement: Topaz (2nd floor) In this session discussants will present an overview of the characteristics and potential of a variety of high school improvement models. Representatives from three of these models will then review the successes and challenges that have been associated with the implementation of these models in districts around the country.

Moderator: Gregg Betheil, Vice President, Academy Programs, National Academy Foundation

Speakers:
  • Reviewing High School Improvement Models, Characteristics and Potential
  • Angela Hernandez-Marshall, Partnership Development Associate, National High School Alliance
  • High Schools That Work
  • Scott Warren, Director of Contracted Services, High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work
  • First Things First
  • William Moore, Senior Consultant, Institute for Research and Reform in Education
  • America’s Choice:
  • Kathy Lesley, Senior Associate, America’s Choice School Design
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 4. Assessment, Accountability and Data with Meaning for Students, Teachers, and Leaders: Crystal 2 (2nd floor) In this session presenters will highlight the essential elements in a data collection system and discuss the benefits of collecting longitudinal data for individual students. Discussants will also review strategies that states and districts have implemented to effectively collect and use data to inform decision making on the classroom, school, district, and state levels.

Moderator: Maureen Bozell, Program Manager, Center for Education and Careers, DTI Associates, Inc.

Speakers:
  • How States Can Use Data for Identifying School Progress
  • Steven Klein, Senior Research Associate, MPR Associates, Inc
  • Essential Elements of Statewide Data-Collection Systems
  • Sarah Collins, Director, School Effectiveness Analysis, National Center for Educational Accountability
  • How Districts Can Successfully Use Assessment, Accountability and Data to Improve District-wide Performance
  • Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District
  • American Society for Quality
  • Susanne Keely, Education Market Manager
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 5. Nurturing a System of Choice, Innovation and Excellence: Ivory (3rd floor) In this session presenters will review policies and programs that are designed to support a variety of educational options within the district or region. Discussants will highlight the critical role of the principal in high school reform. Further details will be presented about the successes and challenges that the Gates Foundation has encountered in their efforts to reform the American high school. Finally, presenters will review how updated career and technical education programs can support the goals of high school improvement.

Moderator: Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Speakers:
  • What’s Needed for High School Principals to ‘Break Ranks?’
  • Janice Ollarvia, Distinguished Principal for Secondary School Reform, National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Lessons Learned about Schools that are Rigorous, Relevant and Relational
  • Carol Rava Treat, Senior Policy Officer, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • How Career Technical Education Relates to High School Improvement
  • Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Educatio
  • Local Respondent
  • Jeff Tschudi, Coordinator, Early College High School Initiative, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 6. Flexibility and Innovation with NCLB: Coral (3rd floor) This session will focus on critical issues that are connected with the implementation of No Child Left Behind. Discussants will review the requirements in the legislation related to accountability and to highly qualified teachers. Presenters will also highlight the challenges that NCLB presents for rural and isolated school districts.

Moderator: Amy Bennett, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Speakers:
  • Accountability Under No Child Left Behind
  • Kerri Briggs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Thinking Through Highly Qualified Teaching
  • Sharon Yates, Teacher Assistance Corps, U.S. Department of Education
  • CHARTING THE COURSE FOR NCLB AND RURAL AREAS
  • Tom Luna, Executive Director of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force, U.S. Department of Education
2:45-3:00 pm Break and Transition time

3.00-4:30 pm State Team Work Session 1
  • Reflections on discussion forums
  • Scanning and Forecasting: Where is our state now? Where do we want to be?
  • Request content experts
California: Opal (2nd floor)
Minnesota: Topaz (2nd floor)
Oregon: Diamond 2 (2nd floor)
Washington: Crystal 2 (2nd floor)

4:30-5:00 pm Report-out to all state teams: Crystal 1 (2nd floor)

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