On June 15, the Alliance held the first in its series of interactive webinars, “What’s Happening in Washington, DC on Education Reform.” The hour-long webinars consist of a short presentation on the subject of the day, followed by a question-and-answer session with webinar participants.
The June 15 webinar focused on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. It included a presentation by Alliance President Bob Wise on the Obama administration’s blueprint for ESEA reauthorization, as well as an update on recent congressional hearings on the subject. (To watch video from the webinar, click on the top image).
On July 1, the Alliance held its second webinar, which featured Ann Whalen, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell. Whalen and Lovell discussed the role that School Improvement Grants (SIG) can play in turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools, including the two thousand lowest-performing high schools. They also talked about the four school turnaround models included in the Obama administration’s blueprint, unique difficulties facing rural schools, and the stimulus bill. (Click on the image to the right to watch video from the webinar).