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New Initiative Targets Reform in Local High Schools

January 4, 2006

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is hosting a workshop on January 5 and 6, 2006 entitled Using Small Learning Communities to More Deeply Implement the HSTW (High Schools That Work) Design. HSTW is a national reform initiative that addresses and resolves current issues including high dropout rates, failure to prepare high school graduates for further education or good jobs, discipline, and attendance problems.

The workshop is designed for school teams consisting of principals, assistant principals, district leaders and teacher leaders from high schools that are already involved in various stages of planning and implementing Small Learning Communities. The workshop, presented by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) School Improvement Staff Approved consultants, will teach administrators and educators the processes of planning, designing and implementing Small Learning Communities (SLCs) and to assist high school teams at various stages in this process. Small Learning Communities aspire to examine and reform high schools by reconnecting students to adults, helping students set goals, and provide students with the most meaningful learning experience possible.

The Using Small Learning Communities Workshop will be held at The Clarion Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) located at 5202 North Brady Street in Davenport. The workshop is scheduled for January 5, 2006 beginning 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and will continue through January 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Four Strands are being offered at the workshop:

  • Creating an Effective Structure for HSTW Small Learning Communities
  • Building a System of Shared Leadership: Using Small Learning Community Teams Effectively
  • Developing Rigorous and Relevant Instructional Practices in Small Learning Communities
  • Supporting Students and Teachers Within Small Learning Communities

For more information, contact Margaret VanFossen, Assistant Coordinator of Quality Learning at (563) 344-6390.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of 12 AEAs across the state of Iowa created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature. It provides educational services, media services and special education services to approximately 55,000 students in twenty-two public school districts and twenty-two approved non-public schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties.

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