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Fifth Annual Research to Practice Conference

June 2009

Why Teachers Improve (and How):

High School Supervision and Professional Community

Toward Excellence with Equity


Monday June 29  

8:00 – 9:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:45 – 10:15

Welcome from AGI Co-Chairs Ron Ferguson, Richard Murnane and Conference Co-Chair Stacey Childress

10:15 –  Noon

Key Ideas and Issues for the Conference

Moderator:  Stacey Childress, Harvard Business School

Ronald F. Ferguson, “Seven Strategic Propositions from Last Year’s AGI Conference.” Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School (Author of Toward Excellence with Equity, Harvard Education Press, 2007)

Jon Saphier, “Why Improving High School Instruction is so Difficult.” Research for Better Teaching, Acton MA. (Co-Author of The Skillful Teacher, Research for Better Teaching)

Karin Chenoweth, “Problems in High Schools that Attempt to Improve.” The Education Trust (Author of It’s Being Done, Harvard Education Press, 2007)

Ronald F. Ferguson, “Profiles of Progress and Performance at the Conference’s Featured High Schools.”

Discussant: Thomas Payzant, Harvard Graduate School of Education, former Superintendent, Boston Public Schools


Noon – 1:30



1:30 – 3:00

High Schools that do Project Based Learning

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, Cincinnati, OH

Naperville Central and North High Schools, Naperville, IL

Manor New Technology High School, Manor, TX

Interviewers:  Jon Saphier and Richard Murnane


3:00 – 3:30



3:30 – 5:00

High Poverty and Vocational Schools with High Achievement Gains

Brockton High School, Brockton, MA

Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

Brighton High School, Boston, MA

Interviewers:  Jon Saphier and Richard Murnane

5:00 – 6:00



Tuesday June 30

7:30 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 10:00

Exemplary Progress in English Language Arts  

Randolph High School, Randolph, MA

Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA

Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA

Interviewers: Karin Chenoweth and Thomas Payzant


10:00 – 10:30



10:30 – Noon

Exemplary Progress in Math

TechBoston High School, Boston, MA

Lynn English High School, Lynn, MA

Naperville Central and North High Schools, Naperville, IL

Interviewers: Karin Chenoweth and Thomas Payzant


Noon – 1:15



1:15 – 2:45

Other Examples of Leadership for Instructional Improvement  

Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Paint Branch High School, Montgomery County, MD

Lee High School, Houston, TX

Interviewers: Richard Murnane and Jim Connell


2:45 – 3 :00



3:00 – 4:00

What Have We Learned in These Two Days?  

Marian Brooks, Executive Director, Cambridge Education and HLSP
Cambridge, UK and Westwood, MA

Karin Chenoweth, Senior Writer, The Education Trust
Washington, DC

Jim Connell, President, Institute for Research and Reform in Education
Philadelphia, PA

Richard Murnane, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA