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Grade 9 Summer SymposiumJune 27-28, 2022, New Haven, CT

Building the Foundation
For High School and Postsecondary Success

Join the RISE Network and school teams from around the region for a 2-day summer symposium to invest in Grade 9 on-track achievement as a key lever to improve high school graduation rates and postsecondary success! Together, we will transform high school experiences and student outcomes through replicable and impactful strategies.

Symposium Overview


June 27-28, 2022

9AM-4PM each day


The Blake Hotel

9 High St, New Haven CT


School teams committed to Grade 9. We encourage schools to send teams of 4 to 8 people, including the principal and Grade 9 administrator, teachers, and support staff.

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Participant Experience

Over the Symposium’s two days, attendees will reflect on research connected to the Grade 9 transition, explore practices for promoting freshman success, plan for enhancements to Grade 9 strategy, and gain motivation from collaborating with a community of engaged fellow educators.

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Symposium FAQs

RISE is committed to delivering a safe, productive and enjoyable professional learning experience for all Symposium participants.

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In Our
Partners' Words...

The Connecticut RISE Network has truly allowed me as a leader to help my team and schools to realign and redesign our approaches to supporting students, specifically freshmen.

- District Administrator

Not many initiatives are as meaningful or well structured as the ones I’ve participated in through RISE. I mean it when I say you guys are wonderful at what you do!

- High School Teacher

RISE has built our team’s capacity to use data to inform decisions and expand our efforts to ensure students are on-track for graduation. This led to an increase in our freshman on-track rates and improved systems to address student engagement.

- High School Administrator

The RISE Network has really shaped how I approach my job… [RISE] brings together educators from all over, with all different backgrounds, to solve the real heavy hitting problems in our schools.

- High School Counselor

The most valuable parts of the RISE partnership are the ongoing learning and ability to collaborate with peers from other districts across the state.

- High School Administrator

Our Grade 9 initiatives have had a great impact on shifting our culture school-wide. I am confident that the work our team has accomplished with the support of the RISE Network will lead to further transformation of our teaching and learning culture as our partnership continues.

- High School Administrator

[RISE] always provides meaningful and unique opportunities that we would not be privy to if we were not part of this collaboration.

- High School Teacher

Having access to the RISE team and our colleagues in the network to support us through constant innovation helped cultivate growth among our team and inspired us to create more effective and equitable systems for our students.

- High School Administrator