The Regional Educational Laboratory
West (REL West) at WestEd, in partnership with the Nevada Department of
Education and the Nevada System of Higher Education, invites you to participate
in a one-day forum focused on increasing access to higher education.
This invitation-only event will launch an initiative to develop Nevada’s college readiness standards, which will set the bar for college and workforce readiness. Governor Jim Gibbons and Superintendent Keith Rheault have led the effort for Nevada to join the national movement to create common academic standards in math and English language arts through the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.
The goal of the event is to
engage key stakeholders in reviewing and applying current research findings in
the Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do Practice Guide, recently published by the Institute
of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. As the focus on
removing barriers to college access intensifies, education leaders need good
research evidence to strengthen policy and practice decisions. What do we know
from research about increasing access and preparing students for college
success? And how do we implement research-based strategies to maximize the
potential for positive results?
Keynote speaker Dr. William Tierney, professor of higher education and director of the Center for Higher Education Policy at the University of Southern California, and panel chair for the practice guide, will present the guide’s five recommendations—strategies that have been shown to have immediate and significant impact on increasing access to college and student success.
Participants will also have
opportunities to engage with other experts on issues related to college access
and readiness, including leaders from other states that have developed state
standards, and to make recommendations for the development of Nevada’s college
Following the presentations and interactive sessions, we invite you to stay for a special opportunity to hear from John Easton, Director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and to offer input for the direction of future research assistance supported by the U.S.Department of Education.
There is no registration fee to attend, and breakfast, and lunch will be provided. If you are traveling from outside the Las Vegas area, your airfare and hotel room will be provided at no charge to you. Instructions for booking will be sent to you after you register.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Keith Rheault, and Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education Daniel Klaich and Jane Nichols, encourage your participation in this important opportunity to help make college and workforce readiness a reality for Nevada’s youth.
Please register by October 29.