Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:30 PM ~ 5:00 PM ET

Join experts from the across the country to hear the latest in data, policy, and practice.


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation saw fourteen consecutive years of increasing high school graduation rates driven by improvements among students who historically have been underserved. The very groups of students who have seen tremendous growth—including Black students, Latino students, and students from low-income families—are the students who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Recent data shows that COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on freshmen enrollment in postsecondary education for these students. How can we sustain gains in high school graduation and provide pathways to postsecondary education in the midst of COVID-19? 


Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education (moderator)


Matin Abdel-Qawi, High School Network Superintendent, Oakland (CA) Unified School District
Dr. Robert Balfanz, Director, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, National College Attainment Network
Roxanne Garza, Policy Advisor, UnidosUS
Carolyn Trager Kliman, Vice President of Education, Research, and Strategy, City Year