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Expanding Education Options for

Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth

A Learning Exchange for Local and State Leaders

 

October 28-30, 2008

Austin, TX

 

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

Wednesday, October 29th  
     8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome and Framing the Agenda 
Self-Reported Steps & Hurdles to Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth

     9:00 - 10:00 am Introductions
     10:00 - 10:30 am Break
     10:30 - 11:30 am Youth-serving Systems Working Together to Expand Options
     11:30 am - 12:30 pm    Using Data to Understand Where Your Community is Losing Young People and What Types of Education Options Are Needed
A.J. Morrison, Principal, Alliance High School, Portland Public Schools
     12:30 - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch w/ presentation by Richard Halpin, Founder & CEO, American YouthWorks
     1:30 - 3:15 pm State Policies that Facilitate (or Inhibit) Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth
Nancy Martin, Director, Capacity Building Initiatives, National Youth Employment Coalition
Drew Hinds, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
     3:15 - 3:45 pm Break
     3:45 - 4:45 pm Transition to Postsecondary Education Pathways
Mala B. Thakur, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition
                                

Thursday, October 30th    
     8:30 - 8:45 am Highlights from Wednesday and Overview of Thursday
     8:45 - 10:15 am City-State Exchange
     10:15 - 11:30 am Federal Policy, National Efforts, and What's Next?
Mala B. Thakur, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition
Linda Harris, Director of Youth Policy,
Center for Law and Social Policy
     11:30 - 11:45 am Next Steps
     11:45 pm Adjourn

 

 

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