From Raising the Bar to Removing the Barriers: Every Student College-Bound
Conard High School, West Hartford, CT
To prepare all students for postsecondary education, Conard High School encourages every student to enroll in at least one college-level course before graduation. In our diverse and dynamic high school of 1,600 students, more than 75 percent of graduates have taken one or more Advanced Placement or accredited state-university courses. In this multimedia-driven session, the presenters will describe the wide range of interactive, real-world activities and outside-of-the-box strategies that helped our school promote high expectations for every student and increase postsecondary attainment. Exemplar learning expectations, professional development opportunities, and schedule and course designs will be shared. Participants will also learn how parents, teachers, and district leaders have cultivated a college-going and career-confident culture; how the school’s accountability and intervention systems support all students and student subgroups; and how research-based models and resources were used to effectively promote higher expectations, more equitable academic success, and increased college enrollments.
Steve Bassi (teacher), Peter Cummings (principal), Julio Duarte (assistant principal), Kristin Mangini (school counselor), Tom Paleologopoulos (department chair), Marylou Shand (school counselor)
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