RAISEup Texas: Proven Success in Transforming Middle School Teaching and Learning
Presenter: Susan Dawson, Matt Pope

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Join AMLE and Susan Dawson, President of E3 Alliance, one of the premier collective impact organizations in education in the country, and Matt Pope, nationally award winning middle school principal, as they present their findings and perspectives of RAISEup Texas, a model for whole-school transformation of teaching and learning based on the University of Kansas Strategic Instruction Model (SIM). Hear how you can learn from this success story for students—especially struggling learners—to close achievement gaps and drive school achievement in the middle grades.

Susan Dawson is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader. She founded and leads the E3 Alliance (for Education Equals Economics), a regional collaborative to increase economic outcomes by aligning our education systems to fulfill the potential of every student. E3 Alliance has been recognized across the country for its ground-breaking work in systemic change for education. Dawson has led multiple technology firms and served as Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her many awards include the Leadership Austin Polly Scallorn Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Trusteeship, Austin Under 40 “Austinite of the Year”, Hero for Children by the State Board of Education, Austin Profiles in Power “Profile Leader”, and the UT McCombs School “Trailblazer Award” for the distinguished woman alumni trailblazer in business and community. In 2011 the Austin Business Journal named Dawson one of “Austin’s 30 Most Influential” leaders who have shaped Austin’s economy and culture in the last 30 years. Dawson has a BS Cum Laude from Princeton University and an MBA with Highest Honors from UT Austin McCombs School of Business.
Matt Pope
After teaching in both elementary and middle school settings, Matt’s passion for making change happen in education moved him to seek leadership roles. After a short tenure as an Instructional Coach, he soon accepted an Assistant Principal position at Simon Middle School. At the notably young age of 30, he accepted the role of Principal at Simon and quickly began achieving remarkable success, making a name for himself as a leader who is not afraid to make difficult, brave choices in the name of student success. Simon Middle School has achieved national success being named by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform a 2014 National School to Watch and a SIM Impact School Award winner by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
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