The Salt Lake Tribune
November 14, 2011
REL West, in collaboration with the Southwest Comprehensive Center, hosted a two-day event intended to strengthen the state education agency role in, and mechanisms for, increasing student access to and success in postsecondary education in the Southwest region through expert presentations and interactive dialogue, sharing of state best practices, and state planning activities.
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Meg Livingston Asensio
State Support for Postsecondary Access and Success in the Southwest Region
March 28, 2011 - March 29, 2011
WestEd Board Room
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
This event, planned in collaboration with the Southwest Comprehensive Center and National High School Center, brought together teams of state department of education staff from the five states in the Southwest region (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah) to strengthen the SEA role in increasing student access to and success in postsecondary education.
On day one, Dr. Neal Finkelstein, panelist for the IES practice guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do, presented an overview of the guide and discussed the five evidence-based recommendations. A panel of state team representatives presented and discussed state best practices related to the practice guide recommendations.
On day two, Dr. Helen Duffy discussed the National High School Center report, Easing the Transition to High School: Research and Best Practices Designed to Support High School Learning. Dr. Ellen Mandinach, panelist for the IES practice guide, Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making, presented an overview of the guide and discussed its recommendations through the lens of the SEA’s role in supporting districts and schools to use data to increase postsecondary access for all students.A panel of state team representatives presented and discussed progress on the state's implementation of individual learning plans and student information management systems. Marie Mancuso, Southwest Comprehensive Center, shared tools and resources available to assist states in this work.
Each day, state teams had an opportunity to develop and refine action plans, share best practices, and learn from the experts and one another.