The purpose of the invitational conference was to showcase 10 high schools selected from the 31 site visits and more than 170 nominations nationwide. These schools are making great strides in preparing students for college and careers at the same time. While they differ in important ways, all 10 schools share a commitment to comprehensive restructuring so that all students have opportunities to:
Attendees represented all levels of policymakers--local, state, and national. In addition to presentations by the 10 showcase schools, the conference also provided strategy sessions for the invitees and panelists to discuss the role of policymakers in high school reform.
Rather than an ending, we hope the conference will be the beginning of a wider understanding and support for the elements that make a "new American high school." OVAE and NCRVE are undertaking some efforts now to ensure continuity. For example, a meeting with the cosponsoring organizations next month is planned to discuss how the cosponsors can also showcase the new American high school and 10 showcase sites at their annual conferences. In addition, we are discussing ways to allow the 10 schools to bring their expertise to other schools attempting similar kinds of comprehensive reform.
The 10 school sites showcased at the New American High School Conference included:
Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, Illinois
The 21 Honorable Mention Sites were:
Aviation High School, Long Island City, New York
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