NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education - NALEO Educational Fund

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April 27-28, 2018 | Glendale, AZ


Arizona’s desire to compete in a global and technology driven economy, requires the state to invest in and prepare an educated and skilled workforce. From the Governor’s Office and the State Legislature to city councils and school boards, the educational attainment of Arizona students must be a priority. The Arizona Department of Education data show that since 2004, Latino students have been the largest population subgroup in Arizona’s K-12 school system. Now more than ever, the educational attainment of Latino students will define the future of Arizona. As the state pursues education policies and initiatives and begins to implement the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), any policy or strategy that is undertaken at any level must promote the academic success of Latino students.

The NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education will provide participants with an overview of key educational issues in the state that can help guide public officials to implement policy solutions to support the educational attainment of all students. This convening will provide policymakers with an opportunity to network with their peers and hear from leading experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who tackle pressing education topics.

The Summit’s program will cover the following topics:

  • State of Latino Education in Arizona: An Overview of Student Academic Gains and Opportunities
  • Overview of ESSA and Implementation of the Arizona State Accountability Plan
  • Overview of the Updated Arizona A-F School Accountability System
  • Leveraging the Arizona Education Progress Meter in the ESSA State Accountability Plan
  • Show Me the Money: Per Pupil-Per School Reporting
  • Opportunities for English Language Learners in ESSA
  • Legislative Update: Arizona Education Policy
  • Discussing the Future of Arizona Education
This Summit is part of the NALEO Arizona Leadership Academy which provides public servants with evidence-based training to enhance their leadership, policy, and governance skills on education issues to become effective advocates for their communities.


For more information please contact:

Melina Perez

Program Coordinator for Constituency Services
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4454
Email: mperez@naleo.org

Schedule


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session I:

State of Latino Education in Arizona: An Overview of Student Academic Gains and Opportunities


As policymakers pursue state and local policies, they must understand how to navigate the various data sources available to them that highlight the educational attainment of students across the educational pipeline in the state and their local communities. Latino students represent the majority of Arizona’s K-12 student population. It is critical that education policymakers become well versed on the achievement gains made by Latino students and identify where achievement gaps persist in the educational pipeline to develop policies and initiatives to address the gaps. Participants will receive an overview of Latino student academic achievements and needs and learn about best practices in communities that are successfully closing the academic gaps.


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session II:

Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Implementation of the Arizona State Accountability Plan


ESSA is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal education law that provides requirements for our K-12 public education system, and replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A primary aspect of ESSA, is the shift in responsibility for policy implementation from the federal government to individual states. In 2017, all states were required to submit a State Accountability Plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval. The Arizona Department of Education’s State Accountability Plan was approved in Fall 2017 and is to be fully implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. To optimize the opportunities found within ESSA and support students academically, local and district policymakers will need to collaborate with the Arizona Department of Education to drive local innovation. This session will provide an overview of ESSA and the Arizona State Accountability Plan. Participants will learn more about the education law changes and the opportunity in these changes to benefit the students they represent.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Program

Census 2020 – Make It Count!



1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session III:

Overview of the Updated Arizona A-F School Accountability System


Under NCLB the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accountability system was the framework that states utilized to determine how school districts and individual schools in the country performed academically. Under ESSA, AYP has been eliminated and now states are required to create and implement their own state accountability systems. In Arizona, the State Legislature has required the measurement of schools and student performance to be done via an A-F letter grade system. In the Spring of 2017, the Arizona State Board of Education updated the State’s A-F School Accountability System. The new accountability system relies on multiple measures to determine school academic performance, which requires that local policymakers increase their reliance on data for policy making decisions. This session will provide participants with an overview of how the A-F School Accountability System will be integrated into ESSA implementation and will allow participants to discuss how to leverage the various data points found within this updated state accountability system for improved policy decision making at the local level.

3:30 p.m – 3:45 p.m.

Break


3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session IV:

Leveraging the Arizona Education Progress Meter in the ESSA State Accountability Plan


Prior to the passage of ESSA, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona, in collaboration with the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, began to work on a shared vision of education for Arizona. This vision resulted in the Arizona Education Progress Meter which was launched in February 2016. This Progress Meter aims to establish long-term academic goals that increase the educational attainment of students in public schools across the educational pipeline. Given that ESSA requires academic indicators be included within the State Accountability Plan, Arizona has linked the Education Progress Meter for the state’s long-term academic goals and measures of interim progress to ESSA. This session will provide policymakers with an overview of the Education Progress Meter and participants will explore strategies to support and monitor the academic goals for public schools and students at the local level.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks


5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast


8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session V:

Show Me the Money: Per Pupil-Per School Reporting


Under ESSA, states and public schools will see a change in their education finance reporting to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2018-2019 school year. ESSA will require that school funding be monitored and reported per pupil-per school, while previous federal laws have only required reporting to be done district-wide. This new school finance reporting system will provide policymakers with improved information during the budget process to better target the needs of individual students. This session will include an overview of the new ESSA school funding reporting procedures and ways policymakers can prepare for these policy changes to address the educational needs of students through the new per pupil-per school requirement.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Session VI:

Opportunities for English Language Learners in ESSA


Under ESSA, states will continue to be required to monitor how well English Language Learners (ELLs) attain language fluency and academic gains in various subject areas. However, under ESSA there have been changes in two of the titles. Title III, the title that used to focus on the allocation of funds, reporting and accountability for ELLs has now had the accountability of their language attainment moved to Title I. This session will provide participants with an overview of ESSA as it pertains to Title III and Title I and will focus on the academic needs for ELL students.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session VII:

Legislative Update: Arizona Education Policy


Education in Arizona is a leading issue in the 2018 Legislative Session and will continue to be a top policy in Arizona’s 2018 election. This session will provide an update on the various ballot measures for voters and legislative proposals in the legislature that address education funding for the K-12 public school system. Participants will also receive an update on proposals in front of the legislature to address the Structured English Immersion model for ELLs; a model in the state that has focused on having ELL students receive English instruction within a four-hour time block that is typically separate from their student peers.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session VIII

Discussing the Future of Arizona Education


Addressing the current and future educational needs of Arizona students will require that education stakeholders and policymakers collaborate now more than ever. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in a discussion to identify policy areas or initiatives they can support, create, and implement in their communities moving forward.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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213-747-7606

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