Pre-Conference 5

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Improving Your High-Needs Secondary Schools in the ESSA Era

Wednesday, February 13, 1 – 5pm
Workshop is complimentary with registration.

AASA and Talent Development Secondary join forces to create a NIC (network improvement community) that will commence in the fall with a webinar series about what this community is and how it will culminate on Wednesday, February 13 at the AASA National Conference in LA with a formal RFP to all participants who choose to participate. In the webinar series leading up to the event, Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center and Charles Hiteshew, the Executive Director of Talent Development Secondary will be hosted by AASA leadership to walk district leaders through the ESSA requirements around transforming our 5% most challenging schools. They will discuss the unprecedented resources available to the challenge, and what the evidence says about how to get impact. Having just achieved impact with the Diplomas Now network consisting of 60 schools in eleven districts over the past eight years, Balfanz and Hiteshew will speak to not only the lessons of research but also their shared experience in managing one of the largest randomized control trials for whole school transformation in the nation’s history. They will discuss not only recent history of school transformation in challenging and high poverty contexts, but they will discuss the key levers district leaders must be willing to pull to move the proverbial dial. The webinar series will culminate in a half day Precon with AASA where TDS will provide an application to participating district leaders who will be asked to propose 1–5 secondary schools that they think can meet the requirements of the project, and who also are willing to serve as the first cohort of ESSA practitioners that will enjoy a quasi-experimental 3rd party evaluation provided by Dr. Balfanz’s Everyone Graduates Center staff, as well as an opportunity to join a formal learning community that convenes yearly at the Precon and shares progress, successes, challenges and lessons learned with the broader group of Precon participants.

Charles Hiteshew, Executive Director, Talent Development Secondary, Baltimore, MD
Robert Balfanz, Professor and Director, Everyone Graduates Center, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD[/fusion_text][fusion_text]To register for this pre-conference workshop you must first register for the conference. You may do so by clicking the “register now” button below.[/fusion_text][fusion_button link=”″ title=”” target=”_blank” link_attributes=”” alignment=”” modal=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” color=”default” button_gradient_top_color=”” button_gradient_bottom_color=”” button_gradient_top_color_hover=”” button_gradient_bottom_color_hover=”” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” type=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”” size=”” stretch=”default” shape=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=””]Register Now[/fusion_button][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]