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Small Schools Northwest Annual Conference

Date: February 11, 2005

Small Schools: It’s About the Kids

Friday & Saturday, February 11-12

Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Fee: $140

Small schools and high school reform are receiving more attention today than almost any other issue in education. As adults, we often get caught up in the politics and logistics of small schools, losing sight of the reason for the work: the kids. Small school design is not an end but a means to an end - personalized instruction and high achievement for each student. Successful small schools focus on innovative and effective teaching practices designed to meet the needs of all students.

What does it mean to provide equitable educational outcomes for all students?
How are we keeping our focus on students as we engage in this intensive work to transform public education?
What role should students and parents play in small school transformations?

Workshops and sessions will focus on these questions. Selected topics will include:
• Actively engaging student and parent voices in the change process
• Student-centered teaching practices in the small school
• Building assessment models that support individual student’s learning
• Creating and sustaining professional learning communities
• Achieving equitable outcomes for all students in the small school

Pat Martin, a nationally recognized leader in the reform of school counseling, will keynote. In her work at the Education Trust, Martin provided the leadership for the National Initiative for Transforming School Counseling that established national models of redesigned school counselor education programs.Currently at the Office of School Counselor Advocacy, Martin leads The College Board effort to create a national prominence for counselors in education reform. She promotes national, state and local initiatives, and organizations to strengthen the school counselors’ role in advancing the academic agenda for all students.

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