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School choice and the ability for families to create a pathway to a better education is the defining issue for current and future generations of students. During the 2015 legislative session, Alabama’s leaders, including Governor Robert Bentley, Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh, Senators Dick Brewbaker and Trip Pittman and Representatives Terri Collins, Bill Poole,… Continue Reading Alabama Leaders Back School Choice and Increased Education Opportunities

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.
  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Learning for kids in our neighborhood does not end when the last school bell rings in June. There are camps, museums, science centers and so on. Enrichment goes on. And when the bell resumes ringing in August, they’ll enter the classroom pretty much where they left off. They begin the school year with a running… Continue Reading YMCA Summer Camp Is a National Model for Struggling Readers

  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    ExcelinEd’s comprehensive K-3 Reading policy was developed to ensure all students enter fourth grade with the foundational reading skills they will need to learn, graduate and succeed.

Today’s post is by Steve Osborn, a seasoned education leader and EdPolicy Leaders Online alumni. Steve has served in two state departments of education: previously in Louisiana and currently in Rhode Island. He recently completed all three EdPolicy Leaders Online courses, ExcelinEd’s series of free, self-paced online courses for policy makers. He took some time… Continue Reading Rhode Island Ed Leader: What I Learned from EdPolicy Leaders Online

EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Tony Shivers

We are pleased to introduce Tony Shivers, EdPolicy Leaders Online’s latest featured participant. Tony recently completed Data Privacy? Get Schooled!, one of ExcelinEd’s three free, self-paced online courses available for policymakers. Continue Reading EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Tony Shivers

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.

Idaho Leaders Embrace Bold Education Reforms

During the 2015 legislative session, Idaho approved creative policies aimed at increasing performance and raising student achievement, including a new approach to fund promising education programs while minimizing the risk to the state. Continue Reading Idaho Leaders Embrace Bold Education Reforms

  • Education Funding Reform

    Education Funding Reform

    Education funding reform prioritizes each student's learning by funding education in a way that is equitable, transparent and promotes local empowerment and choice.

Paying for Success: Opportunities and Challenges

One of the more interesting innovations in the public sector is Pay for Success, where private investors provide funding needed for new services and get their money back, plus interest, only if there are proven results. This concept, also called Social Impact Bonds, is under development across the country. It covers a range of services,… Continue Reading Paying for Success: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Education Funding Reform

    Education Funding Reform

    Education funding reform prioritizes each student's learning by funding education in a way that is equitable, transparent and promotes local empowerment and choice.

Expecting more of students is a difficult but necessary direction for all states. It is easier for political leaders and education bureaucracies to trumpet success than to explain failure. But when success is claimed but not achieved, children ultimately will pay the price. Continue Reading ICYMI: Why Proficiency Testing Matters in Education

  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

In 1983, “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform” brought attention to the direct connection between America’s declining education system and the well-being of American society and national security. To put this into perspective, here are other events that also occurred in 1983: The Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space… Continue Reading MOOCs with a Purpose: Understanding the True State of U.S Education

Three Thoughts on Nevada’s ESA Funding: Part 2

Today, we’re finishing a two-part series answering a few questions about one central element to all education savings account (ESA) programs: funding. Read part one here. Yesterday, I posted two of three thoughts on funding for Nevada’s education savings account (ESA) program: 1) No one is content with the ESA Amount and 2) Utilize partial tax-credit… Continue Reading Three Thoughts on Nevada’s ESA Funding: Part 2

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Three years ago, Digital Learning Now and Getting Smart’s Smart Series worked with some of the best education thought leaders to offer roadmaps for transitioning to next generation models of learning. This collection of interactive white papers has informed and inspired. The Smart Series has been widely used by policymakers, education leaders and educators. States… Continue Reading #SmartSeries Refresh: 9 Resources for Educators and Ed Leaders

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.
  • College and Career Pathways

    College and Career Pathways

    Rigorous academic standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, will prepare students for college and careers. The Foundation supports policies that set high academic standards and provide rigorous preparatory courses and dual-enrollment options for students.
  • Effective Teachers and Leaders

    Effective Teachers and Leaders

    We need to recruit teachers from all professions, and recognize and reward the effective ones. The Foundation supports ending tenure, the implementation of data-based evaluations and compensation, and alternative paths to certification/licensure.
  • Education Funding Reform

    Education Funding Reform

    Education funding reform prioritizes each student's learning by funding education in a way that is equitable, transparent and promotes local empowerment and choice.
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