The American Youth Policy Forum--a Washington, DC-based policy center that aims to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice, and research--invited NASSP to showcase a few high-poverty, high-achieving schools at a panel discussion October 24, 2008. Click each presentation for full audio and PowerPoint.

NASSP Associate Director for High School Services Mel Riddle introduced the discussion and provided an overview of the schools' successes in a Breaking Ranks context. Riddile was the 2006 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year and principal of one of the original Breakthrough High Schools.

John O'Neil, Forest Grove (OR) High School

Misti Taton, James Cashman Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

Kevin Lowndes, Wheaton (MD) High School

Closing Remarks and Policy Implications, Mel Riddile

Q&A Session (audio only)