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College and Career Readiness

High School Conferences

Past Conferences:
Massachusetts College & Career Readiness Leadership Summit (January 2008)
High Schools of the Future II: Lessons from Reforming Schools (October 2006)
College Knowledge? Standards for College Success (July 2006)
High Schools of the Future I: Lessons from Reforming Schools (January 2006)

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Massachusetts College & Career Readiness Leadership Summit January 2008, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Co-Sponsored by:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Office of the Governor, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in MA (AICUM), Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Mass Insight, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, TERI, The Boston Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Office of the Governor, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in MA (AICUM), Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Mass Insight, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, TERI, The Boston Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts

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Conference Program Booklet
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Acting Commissioner's Opening Session PowerPoint Presentation
Additional (Select) Slides & Handouts from the Summit

Session I Workshops

  • Achieving the Dream - Early Efforts to Improve Community College Student Success through Data-based Decision-making
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    presentation
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    national website

  • Download PPS Document  College Community Connections as part of a Comprehensive Strategy for College and Career Development

  • College Prep. Program - A Highly Motivated, Super Dedicated University/School Partnership
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    UMASS Lowell-College Prep Program

  • Communities and Schools for Success (CS2): Creating Partnerships to Re-Engage Massachusetts' Youth and Prepare Them for College, Careers, and Civic Responsibility
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    Creating Partnerships to Re-Engage Youth

  • Framing the Next Boston Compact - The Compact Goes to College
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    Boston Compact 2008
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    The Boston Private Industry Council Boston Compact Website

  • Download PPS Document  Massachusetts Math & Science Initiative's AP Training and Incentive Program

  • Unveiling the School-to-College Report
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    School to College Database Reports (one-pager)

Lunch Plenary Session

What Do We Mean by "College and Career Readiness" and How Do We Get Our Students Ready?
Dr. David Conley, Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) at the University of Oregon and Executive Director of the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)

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Toward a Comprehensive View of College Readiness

Session II Workshops

  • Achievement in America -The Numbers and the Stories They Tell
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    Education Trust's college preparation, access, and success resources
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    Achievement in America: The Numbers and the Stories They Tell

  • Implementing Early College Programs as an Alternative Pathway to Prepare Students to be College and Career Ready
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    Massasoit Community College Gateway to College Program
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    Early College High School Initiative

  • View External Link  MIT OpenCourseWare - Highlights for High School

  • Download PDF Document  Tools and Strategies for High School and College Alignment

  • Making the Case for International Education
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    The Chinese Exchange Program
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    Global Competencies

Session III Workshops

  • Dual Enrollment - Creating Pathways to College: Model Policies and Practices that Improve Readiness and Access for 'First Generation' Youth
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    Dual Enrollment in Different States
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    Designing and Financing an Integrated Program of College Study: Lessons from the California Academy of Liberal Studies (2005 by Susan Goldberger and Leslie Haynes, Jobs for the Future)
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    Teaching Early College High School at LaGuardia Community College (2006 by Marcia Glick)
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    More resources about dual enrollment and early college:
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    Early College Designs
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    Jobs for the Future

  • Best Practices from TRIO, GEAR UP, and other College Access Programs
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    GEAR UP Massachusetts
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    National TRIO Clearinghouse

  • How Early Assessment Boosts College Readiness - Unwrapping ACCUPLACER
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    Tools for Meeting the Challenges
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    Introduction to Students on ACCUPLACER

  • Instructional Bridges Between High School and College
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    The Connect Math Project
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    The Connect Writing Project & the Transition to College
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    Connect Group: Writing Outcomes and Rubrics

  • Strategies for Success: Examples of Real Change at the High School and College Levels
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    Education Trust's college preparation, access, and success resource

  • Using Course Syllabi to Ratchet Up Expectations
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    Burlington High School



High Schools of the Future II: Lessons from Reforming Schools October 2006, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Marlborough, MA

Co-Sponsored by:
Rennie Center for Education Policy and Research
Center for Collaborative Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

This event was designed to help school and district leaders develop next steps in high school redesign and to help improve the state's graduation and college readiness rates. This conference was a follow-up event to our successful High Schools of the Future conference held in January 2006. Keynote speakers for this full-day conference included Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and Olivia Ifill-Lynch, Director of Professional Learning for the School Redesign Network at Stanford University. The day also included several morning and afternoon breakout sessions consisting of presentations on key reform practices, presented by high school practitioners.

College Knowledge? Standards for College Success July 2006

With David T. Conley, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Educational Policy Research
Professor, University of Oregon

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsored a two-day seminar funded by an Advanced Placement Incentive Program grant from the United States Department of Education this summer with noted author and researcher Dr. David Conley, an expert on college readiness. This two-day session was held at the Henderson House in Weston on July 17-18, 2006.

The first day of the seminar focused on the skills students graduating from high school need in order to succeed in freshman college courses. The focus on the second day was on the step-by-step changes high school faculty can implement to ensure that their students have the required skills for college and, eventually, the workplace.

The seminar was targeted to teachers to inform their design of curriculum, assignments and grading criteria. Participants reflected upon their current teaching practices and high school curriculum and brought course syllabi to discuss and analyze in their workgroups.

Participants included teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from districts that have been enhancing curriculum and instruction through the Advanced Placement Incentive Program Grant and the State Scholars program, members of the Curriculum for College and Career Readiness Committee, and faculty from higher education who participated in this spring's National Governors Association Grant roundtables.

Presentations from the Seminar

Dr. Terri Ward -
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High Schools of the Future I: Lessons from Reforming Schools January 2006

A joint conference sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policyand the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The goal of the conference was to provide a forum for administrators and faculty in large, comprehensive high schools to learn about and share practices for creating high performing, academically challenging, and personalized schools that successfully educate all students. There were presentations and a series of workshops.

Featured speakers included Tom VanderArk, Executive Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's education initiatives and Kati Haycock, Executive Director of the Education Trust.

Workshop Descriptions and PowerPoint Presentations

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Scaling Up - Reform Lessons for Urban Comprehensive High Schools
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Progress and Promise: Results from the Boston Pilot Schools
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Case Study of a High Performing High School
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Stories of Conversion High Schools
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College Prep Curriculum for All
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The Boston Arts Academy Senior Project
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Creating a High Performing School Community
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Teacher-Coaches Newsletter
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Carnegie Schools for a New Society: Reflections on a National, District-wide High School Reform Initiative
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Literacy across the Curriculum
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Nine Points of Friction


Last Updated: January 25, 2008
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