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“ESSA Boot Camp I: Advocating for Equity and Achievement” is the first part of a 2-part boot camp series on how to advocate for school accountability systems that expect and support improved academic outcomes for all groups of students, especially low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and English learners.  The goal of these boot camps is to prepare advocates to demand a well-designed accountability system that shines a light on educational disparities, and prevents schools and districts from sweeping underperformance — for all students or for individual student groups — under the rug.

During this first boot camp, participants will explore these questions: What information should be used to measure school performance? Which indicators should be used to identify schools that are doing especially well for all groups of students and ones that need to improve? Which measures aren’t helpful for this purpose, and why?

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Tuesday, September 27

Welcome
Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
Plenary Session: The Urgency of Now
Kati Haycock, The Education Trust
Panel:

  • Liz King, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (moderator)
  • Denise Marshall, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)
  • Cheryl Oldham, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Judson Robinson III, Houston Area Urban League
  • Brenda Calderon, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Kim Hymes, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Plenary Session: Measuring School Performance
Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust
Discussants:

  • Brenda Calderon, National Council of La Raza
  • Kim Hymes, National Center for Learning Disabilities
State Working Group Huddle
Breakout Sessions: Indicator Deep Dives

English-Language Proficiency
Brenda Calderon, National Council of La Raza

Individual Student Growth
Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust

College and Career Readiness
Caitlin Codella and Cheryl Oldham, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation,
Kati Haycock, The Education Trust

Discipline and School Climate
Liz King, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and
Denise Marshall, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
Daria Hall, The Education Trust

State Working Groups: What information should we measure? How should we use it?
Broad-Based Advocacy in Tennessee
Panel:

  • Cheryl Oldham, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation (moderator)
  • Mary Cypress Metz, Tennessee SCORE
  • Gini Pupo-Walker, Conexión Américas
  • Gloria Sweet-Love, Tennessee NAACP
Wrap Up and Look Ahead to Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 28

Welcome and What to Expect Today
State Working Groups: Reflection and Planning
Plenary Session: Playing the Inside and Outside Game in California
Panel:

  • Jheanelle Wilkins, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (moderator)
  • Donicia Carlos, Lifting Education Activating Parents
  • Mike Stryer, Teach Plus
  • Ryan Smith, The Education Trust–West
State Working Groups: Influencing ESSA implementation
Working Lunch: Where do we go from here?
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