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“College and Career Readiness Symposium: The Role of Technical Assistance in Actualizing College and Career Readiness”

April 24, 2012

The National High School Center, in collaboration with the American Youth Policy Forum and the Educational Policy Improvement Center, hosted an invitation-only “College and Career Readiness Symposium: The Role of Technical Assistance in Actualizing College and Career Readiness,” in Washington, D.C., on April 24, 2012.

The purpose of this one-day symposium centered around the role of technical assistance (TA) in addressing the challenges faced by regions, states, districts and schools in actualizing college and career readiness (CCR) beyond the Common Core State Standards. The symposium promoted collaboration and alignment among TA providers and CCR resource organizations through plenary sessions and facilitated breakout discussions.

Participants had access to a range of existing and emerging tools, products, research and resources to support their technical assistance work with state-, district- and school-level stakeholders.

Click here for more information on the Symposium and to access National High School Center resources on college and career readiness.

SIG Regional ConferencesMidwest High School SIG Conference

Midwest High School SIG Conference
May 18–19, 2011

The Midwest High School SIG Conference, held May 18-19, 2011 in Chicago, IL, was the third in a series of four conferencesoffered by a national network of content and regional comprehensive centers, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This conference was intended to help states, districts, and schools implement their School Improvement Grants (SIG) by learning and thinking about key topics — effective teachers and leaders, instruction and assessment, optimizing teaching and learning, and planning and sustainability — as they relate to high school improvement.

Access resources from the Midwest High School SIG Conference.

Please click on the links below for further information on the other three regional conferences:
Western Regional Conference
Eastern Regional Conference
Central Regional Conference (Rural school turnaround and serving Native American students theme)

Summer Institutes

Designed specifically for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) and the states they serve, the National High School Center’s Summer Institutes engaged participants in an exploration of systemic change for high school improvement. These Institutes offered the latest research and useful practices regarding pressing issues in high school improvement, while providing access to leading experts and opportunities for group dialogue.

The agendas for the Institutes were designed to guide participants through the processes of:

  • exploring the characteristics of high performing high schools;
  • investigating state and district policies and practices that support these characteristics;
  • developing strategies designed to promote better high school policies and practices;
  • articulating state visions and systemic priorities; and
  • considering how to connect high school improvement initiatives with other major initiatives.

Follow the links below to access more information on each of the National High School Center’s past Summer Institutes, including presentation videos, PowerPoint slides, and resources:

2008 Summer InstituteSummer Institute 2008

Navigating the High School Improvement Landscape: States' Roles in Building Better High Schools
June 18–20, 2008

The National High School Center's 2008 Summer Institute, Navigating the High School Improvement Landscape: States' Roles in Building Better High Schools, focused on systemic improvement on the high school level with a concentrated focus on high school literacy, dropout prevention, STEM, tiered intervention, and transitions out of high school.

Access resources from the 2008 Summer Institute.

2007 Summer InstituteSummer Institute 2007

Advancing High School Student Success: Building Systems of Support
June 11–13, 2007

The National High School Center’s 2007 Summer Institute, Advancing High School Student Success: Building Systems of Support, incorporated the three focus strands of High School Readiness, Rigorous Content Mastery, and Post-Secondary Pathways. Specific topics that were covered included: developing effective systems of support; high school literacy; dropout prevention; transition into high school; and strategies to serve students with disabilities.

Access resources from the 2007 Summer Institute.