Alternative Accountability Policy Forum

Organization: School for Integrated Academics and Technologies

Venue: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Location: San Diego, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 16, 2012 / 9:00 am - (PST) End Date/Time: Nov 17, 2012 / 1:00 pm - (PST)
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 What is the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum? 

This timely and relevant forum will address critical accountability issues for schools serving at-risk students. Topics were identified by a panel of experts in accountability issues for high schools that work with at-risk students. The forum consists of five sessions each including expert presenters, small group collaboration, and facilitated discussion of emerging consensus. 

Tentative Agenda
The event begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 16, and concludes at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. 

Topics include:

  • Serving The Most Challenging Students – What Works with Dropouts
  • Accountability Options for Schools Serving At-Risk Students
  • Professional Development for At-Promise Education
  • Graduation Goals for Reengaged Dropouts
  • Advocating for Your Programs and Students


1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego
United States


School for Integrated Academics and Technologies
2611 Temple Heights Dr.
United States
Reaching At Promise Students Association
2611 Temple Heights Dr.
United States

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Hotel Information
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Special hotel room rate $139 per night. Contact Joanne Motz, 760.594.4866, for reservations.
Act today - this special rate expires on September 30.

Conference Fee 
$195 (conference meals included)

Ernie Silva,


Exhibits included

 Serving The Most Challenging Students – What Works with Dropouts 

Bob Rath, President and CEO, Our Piece of the Pie; Lindsay Fondow, MSW, Data and Program Quality Manager, Shearwater High School
Whether you serve students who are at risk of dropping or who already have, reengaging dropouts remains a difficult challenge for all schools. This session reviews proven dropout recovery strategies as a basis for discussing what an alternative accountability system should contain.

Accountability Options for Schools Serving At Risk Students 
Dr. Jody Ernst, Colorado League of Charter Schools 
Explore research-based alternatives to traditional once a year cohort testing and an exploration of what and why alternative accountability systems can provide. Learn what tools are being used to measure individual student growth.

Professional Development for At-Promise Education 
Small special purpose schools have unique challenges for staff development, evaluation and retention. Discover options available for teachers and administrators focused on serving at risk students. Share insights on teacher profiles for serving over age and under credit students.

Graduation Goals for Reengaged Dropouts 
Dr. Russell Rumberger, Director, California Dropout Research Project, UC Santa Barbara 
Research shows that an average of only 20% of reengaged students earn a high school diploma. Yet reengaged dropouts are often expected to meet the same standards as traditional schools. How can our schools demonstrate suitable college, career and life transformation. Join the discussion of what meaningful goals should be for reengaged students.

Advocating for Your Programs and Students 
Matt D. LaPlante, Journalism and Communications Professor, Utah State University 
Greg Moser, Attorney, Procopio 
Hear a discussion of how the November elections may affect ESEA reform and alternative accountability efforts. Learn of strategies being used across the county by educators to advocate for at risk students. Help build a coalition to advance policy reform to serve at risk youth.