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by / Friday, 19 October 2012 / Published in Digital Literacy, Webinars

The Alliance for Excellent Education
Invites You to Attend a Webinar on

Digital Strategies for Increasing
Access and Opportunity in Rural Schools

Thursday, October 25, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Alison Dwier-Selden, Principal, Walton Middle School (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Scott McLeod, PhD, Director of Innovation, Prairie Lakes AEA 8 (Pocahontas, Iowa)
Pamela Moran, EdD, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Terri Schwartzbeck, Senior Policy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education
Chip Slaven, Senior Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education

Rural youth continue to be less likely than their urban counterparts to reach their educational goals, and evidence indicates that they continue to be disadvantaged in terms of school resources to prepare them for college and a career. Some of the most promising efforts around improving rural education are taking place in schools where digital media and technology resources are being effectively utilized to connect students to the world outside their community and building their skills to make them better citizens within it.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Thursday, October 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), to learn more about how rural schools are overcoming the challenges of funding and support to provide students with the best education the twenty-first century has to offer.

Terri Schwartzbeck of the Alliance will moderate a conversation with two educators from rural Albemarle County, Virginia and Dr. Scott McLeod, who is currently serving as Director of Innovation in Pocahontas, Iowa while on leave from his position as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) at the University of Kentucky. Superintendent Pam Moran will discuss some of her districtwide strategies for using digital tools and technology to improve student access to enriching educational experiences. Alison Dwier-Selden, principal of Walton Middle School will share her experiences working to provide better access to broadband for not just her school but her entire community. Chip Slaven of the Alliance will discuss efforts under way in rural McDowell County, West Virginia. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-oct-25-2012 .

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to alliance@all4ed.org.

NOTE: If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at http://www.all4ed.org/webinars usually one or two days after the event airs.

Support for this webinar was provided in part by Carnegie Corporation of New York.


The Alliance for Excellent Education
Invites You to Attend a Webinar on

Perspectives on the Federal Student Aid System:
Promise and Problems

Monday, October 29, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Amy Wilkins, Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications, The Education Trust
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Tiffany Dena Loftin, President, United States Student Association

The federal student aid system is an assortment of grants, loans, campus-based aid, tax incentives, and other policies aimed at increasing access to postsecondary education by helping students and families pay for college. The system is both complicated and costly, but is it effective? What measures should be used to determine the effectiveness of these programs? As numerous organizations across the country take on the task of reimagining the design and delivery of federal student aid, the system warrants a critical examination.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Monday, October 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), to learn more about the perspectives of three organizations committed to student success, and hear their views about the problems and potential of the federal student aid system to help increase access and opportunity for postsecondary students.

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate a conversation with two representatives from student advocacy organizations in Washington, DC. Amy Wilkins is vice president for government affairs and communications at The Education Trust, an organization whose goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. Tiffany Dena Loftin is president of the United States Student Association, the country’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive national student-led organization, which develops current and future leaders and amplifies the student voice at the local, state, and national levels by mobilizing grassroots power to win concrete victories on student issues.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-oct-29-2012 .

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to alliance@all4ed.org.

NOTE: If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at http://www.all4ed.org/webinars approximately one or two days after the event airs.

This webinar is made possible with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The Alliance for Excellent Education
Invites You to Attend a Webinar

Building on the Common Core State Standards to Improve Learning for English Language Learners

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
Mariana Haynes, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education
Chris Minnich, Senior Membership Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Susan Pimentel, Writer and Consultant
Maria Santos, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Leadership and Equity-in-Action,Oakland Unified School District (California)

The transition to Common Core State Standards and Next-Generation Science Standards presents both opportunities and challenges for the growing number of English language learners. A number of initiatives are underway to help English learners access grade-level content while building their language proficiency. Stanford University launched a two-year initiative—Understanding Language—to look at the language demands contained in the new standards. The Council of Chief State School Officers recently developed the Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards to help states understand the sophisticated language competencies English language learners will need to perform in an academic area.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Tuesday, October 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET), during which Kenji Hakuta and Maria Santos, cochairs of the Understanding Language initiative, and Susan Pimentel and Chris Minnich, developers of the Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards, will discuss these efforts and their respective accomplishments to date along with state and district actions needed to support English learners’ language and content learning. Mariana Haynes, senior fellow at the Alliance, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will also address questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-oct-30-2012 .

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to alliance@all4ed.org.

NOTE: If you are unable to view the webinar live, an archived version will be available at http://www.all4ed.org/webinars approximately one or two days after the event airs.

This webinar is made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit http://www.all4ed.org.

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