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Middle States Leadership Symposium and Charter School Open House

On May 12, 2011, the Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium and the Middle States Regional Office of the College Board cosponsored two half-day events, the Fourth Annual Leadership Symposium, "Change Initiatives — Promoting More Equitable Outcomes for All Students," and the First Annual Charter School Open House, "Networking for Academic Success," at the Hilton City Avenue Hotel in Philadelphia.

The symposium, which was attended by 135 participants including chief academic officers, superintendents, assistant superintendents and their leadership teams, featured Russlyn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, as our opening keynote speaker. Her presentation was entitled "Systems Change for Access to Equitable Education for All Children."

Next, the attendees had the option of attending one of five breakout sessions:

  • A Commitment to Delivering Rigorous Educational Programming to All Students
  • Closing the Achievement Gap in the Lower Merion School District
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Understanding Student Difference and Developing Our Students' Social Competence
  • Rose Tree Media School District's Divine Nine: Best Practices for Promoting the Achievement of All Student
  • Transformation in Action.

The morning event concluded with our luncheon speaker, Dr. Lillian Lowery, secretary of education for the Delaware Department of Education, who spoke about "The Role of States in Ensuring Equity, Access and Success for All."

The luncheon served as a transition into our afternoon event, the Charter School Open House. This smaller-scale event was attended by 30 participants, including founders, principals, teachers and other leadership teams from the charter school community. After lunch, the Charter School Open House attendees had the option of attending one of two sessions, both of which presented "Charter School Models for Success." Attendees came back together for a final closing presentation from one of our College Board Educational Managers, Stephen Zori, called "College Board 101."

We thank our participants for making these events a great success. We hope you will attend next year's Leadership Symposium, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012. Presentations from several of the breakout sessions are available below.

Leadership Symposium Presentations:

The Role of States in Ensuring Equity, Access and Success, Dr. Lillian Lowery, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education

Rigorous and Responsible K-12 Programming, Cumberland Valley School District

The Divine Nine: Best Practices for Promoting the Achievement of All Students, Rose Tree School District

Transformation in Action, Allentown School District

Charter School Open House Presentations:

Expanding Success Through Access, Imhotep Institute Charter High School

College Board 101

If you have questions, please contact the Middle States Regional Office at 610-227-2550 or

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