Despite the many challenges facing our nation, we enter 2010 with a unique opportunity to advance the cause of education reform in this country. President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan have committed to investing unprecedented federal resources to improving our nation’s schools. The education funding community has an unique opportunity to form partnerships and leverage these resources to promote and support more effective education policies and practices, particularly in the next few months.
In response, a national webinar, hosted by Foundation Center in partnership with the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers is scheduled for February 16, 2010 from 3:00 – 4:30 ET. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Judy Wurtzel, Deputy Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development and Charlie Rose, General Counsel will join funders for the first hour to discuss the ED’s strategies and priorities regarding the stimulus funding, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget, and answer questions. The last half hour will be an opportunity to for the regional associations to share and discuss current efforts underway to leverage federal resources and other opportunities.
We strongly encourage you to invite your members to view the webinar together in your office and have a strategic discussion immediately following. Guiding discussion questions will be provided to facilitate this discussion and through the generosity of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, limited funds are available can be cover your in-person meeting costs. Please contact Mary O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Register for the event here.
This event will provide a forum to discuss the following important issues related to improving K-12 public schooling across the country:
1. Maximizing the Opportunity: Why the next few months constitute a critical moment for funders to mobilize support for the Administration’s efforts to develop and scale educational innovations that have the potential to reduce the achievement gap.
2. Mapping the Landscape: What opportunities exist for funders to leverage their financial resources through partnerships and what is the timeline for participating in them?
3. Being Strategic: How can funders work together in coming months to identify the resources needed to ensure that best-in-class education organizations are well positioned to compete for Federal funding?
4. Generating and Maintaining Local/Regional Momentum: To mobilize desired partnerships, funders will need to organize ongoing conversations that help coordinate and align funder collaboratives with local/regional opportunities. What is the best way to do this?