Readiness Matters Members: • Robert Crawford, WVDE • Sallie Dalton, Superintendent Greenbrier County • Cathy Shank, RESA 3 Adult Basic Education Coordinator Presenters • Kenji Hakuta, Co-chair of Understanding Language, Stanford University • Kati Haycock, President Education Trust, James Johnson, Director of Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC • Madga Chia, Director of Support for Under-Represented Students, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium • David Coleman President, College Board • Chief academic officers from various public school systems including New York, Denver, Nashville, Texas, and Georgia • Other National investors including SREB National Council of LaRaza and the Hunt Institute Work Session One 1. What are the EL demographics for our state? What do we have in common with other states and what makes our context unique? 2. What facts or numbers are important to include in goals for improvement? 3. Are key stakeholders in our state aware of EL demographics and achievement levels and what is needed to address challenges we have in or state as we do this? 4. How are we working to make EL achievement a priority at the state and local levels? What are some advantages and challenges we have in our state as we do this? 5. Do leadership teams and decision making bodies at the state and local level include representation from those with expertise in this area? Which organizations, officials and stakeholders have been or need to be involved? Work Session 2 1. How is our state ensuring that assessment systems are accessible to ELs? 2. What initiatives are underway in our state, districts, schools and communities to ensure that educators and leaders have the tools they need to serve ELs well? 3. How are we collaborating with parents and communities in promoting CCR reform? In promoting the value of students’ home languages and cultures? Work Session 3 1. How has our state coordinated work on our CCR content standards and assessments with work on our ELP standards and assessments? 2. What have been our efforts at the state and local levels to communicate information about our new standards and assessments with parents and the public?