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Successful Transitions to High School: Promoting High School Success and Facilitating College Readiness

Webinar date: June 23, 2011, 2:003:30 p.m. (EDT)

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Successful Transitions to High School will highlight ways to support students and families during the transition from middle to high school—a critical time for setting the course to graduate from high school on time and ready for college. Presenters will focus on the knowledge needed to ensure a smooth entry into ninth grade, such as coursework sequencing and graduation requirements, and will also explore how schools and community organizations can partner with families to provide services such as tutoring, mentoring, and afterschool programming.

This webinar will highlight innovative practices that facilitate the transition to high school, information about how schools can help families stay engaged in their children’s education during the high school years, and services that offer essential information and assistance for students and their families throughout the college application process.

Samantha Wigand, from United Way Worldwide, will discuss the importance of active family engagement during students’ transition into high school. Joanna Hornig Fox, from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss how to support high school completion and college readiness and will highlight the role of families, communities, and school staff in helping students transition into ninth grade. Beth Porter, from Breakthrough Collaborative, will discuss an intensive transition program for middle school students that involves a set of ongoing, comprehensive supports to help students succeed in college preparatory high school programs. And Carol Myers, from the Indiana State Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC), will discuss the PIRC’s work in building school capacity to engage families and students to promote college and career readiness.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Samantha Wigand, Education Consultant, United Way Worldwide
  • Joanna Hornig Fox, Deputy Director, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • Beth Porter, National Executive Director, Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Carol Myers, Consultant, Indiana State PIRC, Indiana Partnerships Center

The Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series aims to provide opportunities for stakeholders representing national, regional, and local organizations to learn about family, school, and community engagement research and innovations, as well as best practices from the field. The series kicked off in April 2010 and will run through September 2011.

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