Archive for February, 2011

The Center on Instruction sponsored a webinar on February 9, 2011, on the intended impact of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The webinar featured Francis (Skip) Fennell, Ph.D., from McDaniel College. Dr. Fennell discussed the focus and coherence of the standards; connections to elementary, middle, and high school; implementation needs; and connections to the assessment consortia. The archive and PowerPoint presentation for this webinar are now available online.

The US Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Comprehensive Centers, will host a series of regional capacity building conferences in support of state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs) and schools implementing the School Improvement Grants (SIG).

Four conferences are planned to facilitate this learning. The Eastern and Western regional conferences will include school turnaround presentations applicable to all SIG grantees, as well as special sessions on rural and high school turnaround. The Central and Midwest regional conferences will focus on specific segments of SIG grantees: high schools (Midwest) and rural/Native American schools (Central). We look forward to creating a learning community among SIG grantees that will thrive well beyond the two-day conferences!

Leading Successful High School Turnarounds: Learning From Research and Practice
The conference presentations and discussions will be structured around the following high school improvement priorities:

  • Meeting the individual needs of all high school students
  • Ensuring college and career readiness
  • Preventing dropout and increasing graduation rates
  • Organizing for high school change (time, structures, staff, and operations)

Date: May 18-19, 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Audience: (MI, IL, IN, IA, WI, OH, MN, plus interested others) Teams from SEAs, LEAs, and schools implementing the SIG program
Sponsors: Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center, Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center, National High School Center

Click here to register now and learn more about all four regional conferences!