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NECC Website Snapshots, February/March 2009



1. FYI
Massachusetts Meeting Highlights Critical Factors in High School Graduation

In support of the Massachusetts Dropout Prevention and Recovery initiative, NECC facilitated a kickoff meeting on January 15. Mitchell Chester, commissioner of education for Massachusetts, spoke about recent graduation data for Massachusetts, highlighting achievement gaps and successful practices for helping struggling high school students. John Easton, executive director of the Consortium on Chicago Schools Research, shared information on the Freshman On-Track Indicator, which describes factors that can identify students at risk of dropping out. Paige Ponder, director of the Chicago Public Schools Department of Graduation Pathways in High Schools, described high school dropout intervention efforts, including data tools that give school leaders precise, timely feedback about student progress. Audio, transcripts, and slide presentations for all three speakers are available.

For ongoing updates related to this work visit the Massachusetts initiative page

NECC Supports Massachusetts Dropout Prevention Efforts through Technology

The Massachusetts Dropout Prevention and Recovery initiative continues via six cross-district study groups of volunteers from urban districts. The groups are collecting information on effective dropout prevention strategies in Massachusetts and across the country, such as alternative pathways, instruction, school designs, student support services, policies and protocols, and transitions.

NECC assisted the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) in planning and developing a strategy for convening the ongoing study groups. Groups will collaborate using CCGroups, NECC's Web-based work space. In March, NECC will co-host a webinar with the MADESE and the Rennie Center to discuss the just-released Rennie Center policy brief, Meeting the Challenge: Promising Practices for Reducing the Dropout Rate in Massachusetts Schools and Districts. The policy brief is available online.

NECC to Facilitate at New Hampshire America's Promise Summit

New Hampshire will host a statewide America's Promise Governor's Summit on April 10, 2009 at the Grappone Center in Concord, New Hampshire. The National High School Comprehensive Center will offer a session on its Early Warning Indicators for identifying students at risk of not completing high school. NECC will work with New Hampshire Department of Education staff to engage attending district teams in examining their practices in preparing all students to succeed in high school. More information about the New Hampshire Dropout Prevention Summit is available online.

Resources from Adolescent Literacy Institute Now Available

Slide presentations and handouts based on the new Center on Instruction publication, Assessments to Guide Adolescent Literacy Instruction by Joe Torgesen and Debby Miller, are now available. The materials, presented at an Adolescent Literacy Institute held in New Orleans in October 2008 for Regional Comprehensive Center staff and their invited state representatives, may be downloaded from the Center on Instruction's website.

Register for the Upcoming March 4 Webinar: "School Practices to Improve Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning for Students with Disabilities"

In conjunction with its Mathematics Education Leaders Network, NECC is co-sponsoring a webinar with the Regional Education Laboratory - Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) on math education for students with disabilities and other struggling students. Researchers Amy Brodesky and Josephine Louis will describe a recent REL-NEI Fast Response Study on practices in schools with exemplary math teaching and learning. Senior REL-NEI researcher Michelle LaPointe and NECC math specialist Fred Gross will facilitate a discussion on connecting this research to practice and applying the findings in schools.

What: Free Webinar Presentation and Discussion

Date: Wednesday, March 4 (originally scheduled for January 28, 2009)

Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET

Focus: Connecting Applied Education Research to the Work of Field Practitioners

Michelle LaPointe, REL-NEI Fast Response Research Manager, Co-Moderator

Fred Gross, COPE Managing Project Director, NECC Math Specialist, Co-Moderator

Amy Brodesky, Josephine Louie, Coauthors, Math Education Practices for Students with Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners: Case Studies of Six Schools in two Northeast and Islands Region States (Find the full report online)

Registration (required for new registrants only):

If you previously registered for the January 28th date, there is no need to register again. Refer to your original confirmation message for log-in details.

New registrants, send an e-mail to: with Register Math in the Subject line. New registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail and instructions for logging into the webinar.

For more information, contact