Developing and Implementing Early Warning Systems to Keep All Students on the Graduation Path

Seattle skyline with Mt. Rainer in the background

Lessons, Tools, and Results from the Field

In Seattle on March 13, this free, one-day event is for school leaders, educators, and technical assistance providers interested in building early warning systems for identifying and supporting students most at risk of not graduating from high school.

Participants will learn from real-world demonstrations of early warning systems (EWS) in interactive sessions designed to:

  • Build capacity to help school systems create, implement, and sustain an EWS
  • Identify promising practices, challenges, and lessons learned from recent efforts across system levels (school, district, state), partnership networks, and geographies
  • Introduce models, tools, and other resources currently in use to support EWS implementation
  • Link participants to an emerging national community of practice focused on EWS

The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students and provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system. Collaborators on this event include REL Northwest, REL Appalachia, REL Midwest, and REL West.

Lodging and Registration

The event will be held at the Embassy Suites Seattle Tacoma International Airport; Seattle, Washington [15920 W Valley Highway; Seattle, WA 98188]. When making hotel reservations, reference the group code "EWS". If not making the reservation online, call 800.362.2779. The cut off date for this is February 19, 2015.

Registration closes on Friday, March 6, 2015. While the conference is free, participants cover their own travel-related expenses. Lunch is provided.

Program Specifics

Developing and Implementing Early Warning Systems to Keep All Students on the Graduation Path addresses how states, districts, schools, and school improvement networks are translating compelling research on early predictors of dropout and high school graduation into practical systems that identify and direct support to students who are struggling in school and falling off the graduation path.

The event focuses on how RELs, technical assistance providers and others—including state and regional education agencies, districts, schools, community-based organizations, and members of REL research alliances—can support the development and implementation of an EWS. The event covers the current state of the field and builds capacity by engaging participants in examining where and how an EWS is implemented, emerging tools and models, and findings from large-scale research studies.

Participants will deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges to implementing EWS and access resources that support implementation in a variety of settings. The event will promote the sharing of approaches and lay groundwork for ongoing collaboration around supporting EWS implementation.

This event will use a combination of panel presentations and breakout sessions as well as a workshop designed to introduce and demonstrate tools and models that participants can use to support and/or enhance their own efforts.