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The National High School Center hosts Webinars designed to meet the specific needs of our targeted audience, the national network of Regional Comprehensive Centers. Archived versions of these Webinars, as well as related resources, are posted below, so that other education consumers can access materials related to pressing issues in high school improvement.

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National High School Center Early Warning System Professional Development Training Series

The National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) team recently held a free, five-part Professional Development Training Series to coincide with the start of the 2012-13 school year. Each 30-minute training session succinctly highlighted different elements of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) implementation process. Following each training, the EWS team answered 20 to 30 minutes of questions through a free online chat within the EWS Community of Practice to continue the discussion.

Training 1: The EWIMS Process and Team Formation: The Fundamentals
September 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) implementation process supports the establishment and implementation of early warning systems (EWS) for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk for dropping out of high school. The objective of this first 30-minute professional development presentation is to provide an overview of the seven-step process with a special emphasis on Step 1, Team Formation. All are invited to register, especially those members of an EWS team within a school or district.

Training 2: Introduction to the New EWS Collator Tools
October 10, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

The objective of this presentation is to provide a demonstration of the new, free EWS Collator Tools and how they can be used in conjunction with the National High School Center’s EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools. Members of the National High School Center EWS Team will demonstrate how to load the EWS Collator Tools with readily available student data, and explain how that data can be then loaded into either the EWS Middle Grades or High School Tools. This process corresponds with step two – “Use the EWS Tool” – of the seven-step EWIMS Implementation Process described in the first Webinar.

Training 3: Effectively Using Your EWS Reports: Hints and Tips
October 25, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

The objective of this third of five 30-minute professional development presentation is to deliver an in-depth discussion of the various reports that can be run using the EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools. Members of the National High School Center’s EWS Team will demonstrate how to run the reports and suggest different ways that schools and districts may use the reports to help inform their EWS decisions. This process corresponds with steps three and four of the seven-step EWIMS Implementation Process described in the first Webinar.

Training 4: Assigning Students to Appropriate Interventions
November 8, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

The objective of this fourth of five 30-minute professional development presentation is to provide participants with an understanding of how to use the EWS Tools to support at-risk students with effective interventions. Presenters from the National High School Center’s EWS Team will explain how to identify root causes of student risk based on the EWS Tool reports and other information sources. The presenters will also provide participants with resources to help them select appropriate interventions to address root causes of risk. This process corresponds with step five of the seven-step EWIMS Implementation Process described in the first Webinar.

Training 5: Progress Monitoring with the EWS Tools
November 27, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

The objective of this fifth of five 30-minute professional development presentation is to provide participants with an understanding of how to use the EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools to monitor students’ response to interventions. Presenters from the National High School Center’s EWS Team will discuss how to ensure that an intervention has been implemented with fidelity and that it is meeting a student’s needs.

What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on English Language Learners

A May 2012 report from the National High School Center and the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) found that ninth grade course performance is more predictive of high school graduation for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) than other ELL-specific indicators, including English language proficiency level and whether students experienced interruptions in their education. On July 11, 2012, experts from the National High School Center and CCSR offered a Webinar to discuss the findings and implications of the report for schools and districts trying to improve graduation rates for English Language Learners, and to emphasize the importance of monitoring ELLs’ progress through high school.

District and State Perspectives on Implementing RTI in Colorado High Schools

In this June 1, 2012 Webinar, Daphne Pereles, Executive Director of Support & Intervention at the Colorado Department of Education, and Brenda LeBrasse, RTI Consultant and a former Colorado school district instructional leader, shared their experiences implementing RTI in high schools as state and district administrators. The presenters focused on the process of implementation and the structures that they used to facilitate effective, aligned, and sustainable RTI frameworks at the high school level. Participants were also able to ask questions.

College and Career Readiness June 2012 Webinar Series

During the month of June, the National High School Center hosted a series of Webinars on college and career readiness (CCR). Nationally-recognized experts and practitioners in the field of college and career readiness shared their perspectives on defining and actualizing college and career readiness for all students. Webinars occurred every Tuesday in June from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT. All Webinars are archived for viewing on this Web page and our YouTube channel.

June 5, 2012: The Complexity of College and Career Readiness
Dr. David Conley, CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) and a professor at the University of Oregon, discussed challenges and strategies for addressing the increasingly complex landscape of college and career readiness. Dr. Conley has published numerous books and research studies on CCR and is a frequent presenter at national and regional meetings on the topic. This session incorporates and expands upon a presentation shared by Dr. Conley at the National High School Center’s College and Career Readiness Symposium, held on April 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.

June 12, 2012: College and Career Readiness and Linked Learning
Alliance for Excellent Education LogoCo-hosted with the Alliance for Excellent Education, this session focused on Linked Learning, a transformative approach for secondary education that integrates a college preparatory academiccore with career and technical education and work-based learning opportunities in small, career-themed pathways to increase student motivation, engagement and achievement. Brad Stam, VicePresident of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, Matt Perry, Director of Secondary School Reform, Sacramento City Unified School District, Cindy Brown, Director of Pathways, Porterville Unified School District, Val Staley, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services, Porterville Unified School District, Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent for Sacramento City Unified School District, and other leaders from California’s Sacramento City Unified and Porterville Unified school districts shared their process for developing college and career ready graduate outcomes, and for strategizing how to authentically assess student progress toward those outcomes, as part of the Linked Learning District Initiative.

  • College and Career Readiness: What Do We Mean? This second draft of ConnectEd's College and Career Framework provides a clear summary and synthesis of over two decades of research into what students should know and be able to do upon graduation for post-secondary success. This Framework is intended for use by teachers, schools and districts, as well as researchers and policymakers, to help inform decisions around assessment, accountability, curriculum, instruction, professional development, program design and resource allocation.
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  • View the Webinar presentation recording (.wmv file)

June 19, 2012: College and Career Readiness and Students with Disabilities
In this National High School Webinar, co-hosted with the American Youth Policy Forum, Betsy Brand, the Executive Director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), Louis Danielson, Director of Research at the National High School Center and former director of the Research to Practice Division at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Debra Hart, Educational Coordinator at the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Keith Ozols, Youth Transition Programs Coordinator from the Oregon Youth Transition Program, discussed challenges specific to actualizing college and career readiness for students with disabilities and suggested ways in which states and districts can develop frameworks that address the needs and goals of all students.

June 26, 2012: Aligning Resources, Structures and Supports for Actualizing College and Career Readiness
The importance of aligning college and career readiness initiatives—from the common core and career technical education standards, to funding streams like Title I and Perkins, as well as to school structural changes like expanded learning time and career academies—is a growing concern in the field. Dr. Joseph Harris, Director of the National High School Center, Jennifer Brown Lerner, Senior Director of the American Youth Policy Forum, Lynne Gilli, Program Manager, CTE Instructional Branch of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Melissa Jaggers, Associate Executive Director at Alignment Nashville, shared recommendations, resources, and challenges from recent discussions with CCR experts and practitioners in this Webinar, co-hosted with the American Youth Policy Forum.

 

Aligning Tiered Interventions with High School Initiatives Webinar

This Webinar was held on March 13, 2012 and was supported by the National High School Center, the National Center on Response to Intervention, and the National Center on Intensive Intervention. In this Webinar, Judy Elliott, former Chief Academic Officer of Los Angeles Unified School District, and Jill Martin, Principal of Pine Creek High School and 2007 NASSP/MetLife High School Principal of the Year, described how they have made their systems more efficient and effective by aligning tiered interventions with other high school initiatives. Lou Danielson, Director of Research for the National High School Center, moderated questions from participants. At the end of the Webinar, Jessica Agus, Research Assistant for the National High School Center, provided an introduction to the new online High School Tiered Interventions Community of Practice and invited participants to join the discussion through a live online chat.

EWS Middle Grades and High School Webinar Series

To supplement the November 2011 release of its new Early Warning System (EWS) Middle Grades (MG) Tool and enhanced, updated version of the EWS High School (HS) Tool, the National High School Center hosted a three-part Webinar series that highlighted the MG and HS tools, the seven-step Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) implementation process, technical aspects of each tool, and states' implementation of the tools.

Webinar 1: Implementing an Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System to Keep Students On Track in the Middle Grades and High School
This November 30, 2011 Webinar, presented by Dr. Mindee O'Cummings and Dr. Susan Therriault from the National High School Center, provided an introduction to the seven-step Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System implementation process, and the EWS MG and EWS HS tools.

Webinar 2: How to Use the Early Warning System Middle Grades and High School Tools to Keep Students On Track for Graduation
This December 7, 2011 Webinar, presented by Dr. Mindee O'Cummings, Matt Hauenstein, Michelle Perry, and Laura Yerhot from the National High School Center, provided an in-depth demonstration of the EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools, introduced the EWS Community of Practice, and responded to questions.

Webinar 3: Stories from the Field: Putting Early Warning Systems into Practice
This December 14, 2011 Webinar, presented by Dr. Mindee O'Cummings, Dr. Susan Therriault, Lynn Sodat (Virginia Department of Education), Ellen Ringer and Johannes Troost (California Department of Education), and Ron Williams (San Bernardino County Schools), discussed experiences rolling out early warning systems in Virginia and California, and took questions.


Using Literacy to Turn Around High Schools: Lessons Learned from Sue Szachowicz

During the National High School Center's Webinar on September 22, 2011, Dr. Sue Szachowicz shared tips for turning around high schools using literacy. Dr. Szachowicz followed up on her conference presentation from the Midwest High School SIG Conference and described the planning process used to promote literacy at Brockton High School, explained how her team uses specific materials and tools to accomplish their goals, and answered questions from participants.

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"Early Warning System Tool v2.0 Webinar"
October 19, 2010

The National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) High School Tool (formerly the EWS Tool v2.0) enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk of dropping out of high school and to monitor these students’ responses to interventions. This Webinar featured Susan Bowles Therriault and Mindee O’Cummings from the National High School Center, who reviewed the research used to develop and inform the EWS Tool v2.0 and demonstrated the new functions of the enhanced tool.

"The High School Tiered Interventions Initiative: The Implementation of Tiered Interventions and RTI in High Schools"
February 11, 2010

The High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII) is a collaborative effort among the National Center on Response to Intervention, the National High School Center, and the Center on Instruction that explores how RTI and tiered interventions are being implemented at the high school level. During this webinar, Dr. Lou Danielson and HSTII staff shared information on how the essential elements of RTI can be implemented in high schools, what some of the associated challenges and considerations are, and how contextual factors specific to high school settings make RTI implementation increasingly complex and challenging. This presentation is suitable for anyone interested in RTI and tiered interventions at the high school level.

“What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities”
December 8, 2009

A new report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) at the University of Chicago and the National High School Center, What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities, finds that factors such as freshman year absences, course failures, course credits and GPA can be used to accurately predict whether ninth-graders with disabilities will graduate from high school. This Webinar featured report authors Julia Gwynne, Joy Lesnick, and Holly M. Hart from CCSR, as well as Mindee O’Cummings from the National High School Center, and presented an overview of the What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities report and engaged participants in discussion around graduation rates and on-track indicators for students with disabilities.

"The High School Tiered Interventions Initiative"
September 23, 2009

Hosted jointly by the Center on Instruction, the National Center on Response to Intervention, and the National High School Center, this Webinar described the collaborative High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII) which will enhance the understanding of tiered intervention models emerging in high schools across the country. Presenters Greg Roberts from the Center on Instruction, Tessie Rose from the National Center on Response to Intervention, and Lou Danielson, Joe Harris, and Jenny Scala from the National High School Center provided a description of the work being conducted by this collaborative group.

"Effectively Educating English Language Learners at the High School Level: What Research and Practice Tell Us"
May 14, 2009

This Webinar presented the latest research and best practices for educating English language learners at the high school level. The presentation was designed to: build awareness for the current body of research on educating English language learners at the high school level; discuss best practices from a practitioner's perspective; and explore how effective practices can be integrated to inform district, state, and national policies. The National High School Center’s recently released suite of resources on educating English language learners at the high school level were also discussed during the session.

“Identifying Students At-Risk for Dropping Out of High School: Overview of a Tool for Developing Early Warning Systems”
January 28, 2009

This Webinar provided a tour of the Early Warning System Tool, which allows educators to input student-level data and automatically calculate whether individual students are on track to graduate or at risk of dropping out, and the Early Warning Systems Guide, which provides information about factors that help predict the probability of students dropping out of high school. The Webinar provided guidance in building an early warning system along with information about how these resources can be used as part of a dropout prevention strategy to keep students in school.

“Preventing High School Dropout
December 13, 2006

Representing both the research and practitioner perspectives, this Webinar highlights key research-based findings and dropout prevention strategies.

“Leading the Way to a Smooth Ninth Grade Transition”
April 28, 2006

This session addresses the issues faced by ninth grade students including students with disabilities, English language learners, and other special needs students. The interactive presentation draws on research to contextualize these challenges, identifies selected strategies proposed in the field to address these issues, and provides a review of the findings from key studies on these selected strategies.