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THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMITS

The following is the agenda from the St. Louis Regional Summit. Presentations from this Summit are available by clicking on the links below.

Preparing America’s Future Regional High School Summit
The Four Points Hotel - St. Louis West
3400 Rider Trail South
St. Louis, Missouri
April 23-24, 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, April 23, 2004
Morning General Session:
The Joliet (Lobby level)

7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast: West Ballroom Foyer

8:30-8:50 am Welcome and Greetings:
  • Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. D. Kent King, Missouri Commissioner of Education
  • Francis Slay, Mayor, St. Louis
8:50-9:15 am Opening General Session: Preparing America’s Future: The Charge for State Policy Makers
Hans Meeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of 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:Amy Bennett, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Students:
  • Anna Dean, Lafayette High School
  • Keith Jennings, Gateway High School
  • Dominic Marchesi, Pattonville High School
  • Alexa Smith, Rockwood Summit High School
  • Eric Taylor, Roosevelt High School
  • Sylvia Lee, Metro Academy High School
9:45 -10:30 am State Policies that Support Student Preparedness for Career and Postsecondary Success: National and Regional Perspectives
  • Liam Goldrich, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
  • Monica Martinez, Director of the Network for the Advancement of Secondary Education, Institute for Educational Leadership
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
Introductory Team Session
Arkansa: Room 625
Illinoi: LaClede
Indiana: Room 525
Iowa: Jefferson
Kansas: Room 225
Michigan: Room 125
Missouri: Napoleon
Wisconsin: Room 325

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: Mesquite Ballroom
Willard Daggett, President of the International Center for Leadership in Education

Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

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

1:15-2:45 pm Discussion Forums:

Forum 1. Setting Expectations and Aligning Systems:Napoleon 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:Liam Goldrick, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governor's Association

Speakers:
  • STATE POLICIES FOR COLLEGE READINESS AND SMOOTH TRANSITIONS
  • Liam Goldrick, Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
  • Ready or Not, Preparing High School Graduates for Work and College.
  • Michael Cohen, President, Achieve, Inc.
  • Lessons Learned about Core Curriculum and the State Scholars Initiative
  • Cheryl Orr, Indiana's Education Roundtable
  • Respondent:
  • Peggy Siegel, Director, Strategic Alliances, NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
Forum 2. Promising Practices to Help Striving Students:Jefferson 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:Elaine Bonner-Tompkins, Project Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Speakers:
  • Just Tell Me What Works! Examining the Knowledge Base on High School Improvement
  • Janet Quint, Senior Research Associate, MDRC
  • Helping Striving Readers Read at a High School Level
  • Barbara J. Ehren, Research Associate, University of Kansas-Center for Research on Learning
  • How Can Youth with Disabilities Achieve at High Levels in High School?
  • Stephanie Lee, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
  • 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 1 [downloadable files] PowerPoint
Slide Presentation 2 [downloadable files] PowerPoint
Slide Presentation 3 [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 3. High School Reform Models That Support Student Achievement: Room 125 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: Richard Luecking, President, TransCen, Inc.

Speakers:
  • Reviewing High School Improvement Models, Characteristics and Potential
  • Monica Martinez, Director of the Network for the Advancement of Secondary Education, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • High Schools That Work
  • Scott Warren, Director of Contracted Services, High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work
  • First Things First
  • Steve Gering, Executive Director of Instruction for the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • America’s Choice:
  • Bob Lumsden, Deputy Regional Director for the Southeast Region, National Center on Education and Economy
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 4. Assessment, Accountability and Data with Meaning for Students, Teachers, and Leaders: Room 225 (second 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:Nora Howley, Project Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

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
    Thomas Lindsley, Director, Washington DC Office, National Center for Educational Accountability
Slide Presentation [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 5. Nurturing a System of Choice, Innovation and Excellence:LaClede 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:Ruth Martinez, Senior Policy Analyst, DTI Associates, Inc.

Speakers:
  • What’s Needed for High School Principals to ‘Break Ranks?’
  • Rosa Aronson, Director, Office of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances, 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
Slide Presentation 1 [downloadable files] PowerPoint
Slide Presentation 2 [downloadable files] PowerPoint

Forum 6. Flexibility and Innovation with NCLB: : 325 (third 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:Elizabeth Vasquez, Partner, Management Consulting Associates

Forum 6 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
Word Handout [downloadable files] MS WORD
  • 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 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
Arkansas: Room 625
Illinois: LaClede
Indiana: Room 525
Iowa: Jefferson
Kansas: Room 225
Michigan: Room 125
Missouri: Napoleon
Wisconsin: Room 325

4:30-5:00 pm REPORT-OUT TO ALL STATE TEAMS: The Joliet (Lobby level)

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