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Student Support, Career & Education Services

High Schools of the Future II Conference Call for Presenters

To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Department Heads, and Teachers
From:David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:July 31, 2006

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The Massachusetts Department of Education, the Center for Collaborative Education, and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy are soliciting presentation proposals from high school teams for our upcoming High Schools of the Future Conference II. This is a follow-up to our successful High Schools of the Future conference held in January 2006.

This event is intended 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.

General Information

The High Schools of the Future Conference II will be held on October 12 at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. The program will consist of seven concurrent morning workshops, seven concurrent afternoon workshop sessions, a morning keynote speaker and a luncheon keynote speaker. This call for presenters is to invite high school practitioners and/or administrators to be workshop presenters for the morning and afternoon concurrent workshop sessions.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: August 25

Notification of acceptance by: September 15

General Conference Topics

  • High school restructuring
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Scheduling (block scheduling, common planning time for teachers)
  • Building community support for changing/restructuring high schools
  • Identifying the content and expectations of a college prep curriculum for all students
  • Closing the math achievement gap
  • Student support /systems of extra help
  • Challenging students in their senior year
  • Dual enrollment / Early College programs
  • Addressing issues of race, class, language and the achievement gap
  • Incorporating electives and extra-curricular activities into a small learning community

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals for workshop sessions should include opportunities for participants to exchange information and/or work on a topic or problem with teams from their schools/districts. Workshop presentations will be approximately 70 minutes in length and will be scheduled according the following guidelines:

  • 20 minutes maximum of presentation
  • 30 minutes of interactive activity (including practical materials that attendees can take back to their schools and use)
  • 20 minutes of Q & A

Proposals should be 500 to 1000 words (two to four pages), and contain the information that appears on the attached form Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by at least two individuals from the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Center for Collaborative Education, and the Rennie Center. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Topic: importance of issues, relevance to program themes, degree of innovation
  • Contribution to the field: models of success, models of 'lessons learned'
  • Relevance: to audience, other contexts and school settings
  • Written proposal: quality of writing, clarity, logic, organization
  • Workshop format: appropriateness of format to content or issues
  • Opportunities for interaction: opportunities for contributions from audience or exchange of multiple perspectives

Inquiries

General inquiries regarding the Conference may be directed to Colleen Heffernan at cheffernan@renniecenter.org.

Directions for Submission

Please mail your proposal Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document to the address provided below by August 30, 2006 or email it to: cheffernan@renniecenter.org.
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
131 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Attn: Proposal Review Committee

We will confirm receipt of your proposal by email. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Colleen Heffernan at cheffernan@renniecenter.org.

Last Updated: August 8, 2006

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