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Expanding Education Options for

Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth

A Learning Exchange for Local and State Leaders

 

July 23-25, 2008

Burlington, VT

 

Learning Exchange Goals: 

  1. Expose participants to effective programs, policies, and collaborations from which they take away concrete, practical lessons about expanding options for secondary education
  2. Provide participants time to learn about successful strategies to re-engage disconnected youth and discuss with their peers and national experts various approaches to complex and difficult obstacles
  3. Encourage local and state leaders to plan new strategies for their own communities and states, share lessons learned, and build a network of information, resources, and contacts

 

Participants

 

Meeting Summary

 

Agenda

Thursday, July 24th  
     8:30 - 9:00 am Why Education Options?  Framing the Agenda and Contextualizing the Discussion
     9:00 - 10:15 am Steps (and Hurdles) to Creating a Multiple Options System of Education
     10:15 - 10:30 am State/Local Perspectives
     10:30 - 11:00 am Break
     11:00 am - 12:30 pm    Using Data to Understand Where Your Community is Losing Young People
Presentation: Andrew Sum, Professor of Economics, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University
     12:30 - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
     1:30 - 3:00 pm State Policies that Facilitate (or Inhibit) Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth
     3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
     3:30 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Workshops:
 
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education - Ephraim Weisstein, Education, Career, & Youth Development Consultant, School and Main Institute
  • Data in Depth - Andrew Sum, Professor of Economics, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University
                                   

Friday, July 25th
     8:30 - 8:45 am Review of Thursday and Overview of Friday
     8:45 - 9:30 am Youth-serving Systems Working Together to Expand Options
     9:30 - 10:30 am City-State Exchange
     10:30 - 10:45 am         Break
     10:45 - 11:45 am Update on Federal Policy and National Efforts - Mala B. Thakur, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition
     11:45 - 12:00 pm Next Steps
     12:00 pm Adjourn

 

 

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