ESSA Boot Camp II: Advocating for Equity and Achievement in ESSA Implementation” was a continuation of our conversations from Chicago and Baltimore about developing an equity- and improvement-focused school accountability system. This boot camp focused on rating systems for schools, and support and improvement for struggling schools. We tackled various questions, including how to make sure a school ratings system doesn’t mask the academic performance of low-income students, students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities. And how to ensure students in schools that are low-performing overall or for a particular group of students get the supports and interventions they need.


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Thursday, October 20

Breakfast with Optional ESSA 101
Welcome Back
Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
Plenary Session: Identifying Priorities and Making Hard Choices in New York

  • Cheryl Oldham, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (moderator)
  • Grace Bonilla, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
  • Nisha Dash, Educators 4 Excellence–New York
  • Sonia Lindell, The Business Council of New York State
  • Sam Radford, District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo
  • Alain Robert, New York Urban League
  • Ian Rosenblum, The Education Trust–New York
Plenary Session: School Ratings
Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust
Working Sessions: School Ratings
Breakout Sessions: Indicator Deep Dives

State is re-doing its ratings
Natasha Ushomirsky, The Education Trust

State is tweaking its ratings
Daria Hall, The Education Trust

State is debating dashboard versus summative rating
Kati Haycock, The Education Trust, and

State Working Groups: Deep Dive Into School Ratings
Plenary Session: A Seat at the Table – Engaging Diverse Communities in Decision Making

  • Susie Saavedra, National Urban League (moderator)
  • Alexandra Alonso, Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research
  • Reilly Pharo Carter, Climb Higher Colorado
  • Bette Erickson, National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Erika McConduit, Urban League of Greater New Orleans
  • Jheanelle Wilkins, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Wrap Up and Look Ahead to Tomorrow

Friday, October 21

Welcome and What to Expect Today
State Huddle
Plenary Session: Improvement Planning
Kati Haycock, The Education Trust
Improvement Planning: Deep Dives (Round 1)
Working Lunch: Where do we go from here?

Kati Haycock, The Education Trust

Parent and community engagement
Jose L. Rodriguez, National Council of La Raza (Texas Regional Office)
Kim Hymes, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Needs assessment and improvement planning
Natasha Ushomirsky and Allison Socol, The Education Trust

Improvement Planning: Deep Dives (Round 2)
State Working Groups: What’s Next?
What to Expect from National Partners
Looking Ahead