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Were You There?

We had a great time at last year’s National Summit! In case you missed it, below is a highlight reel of some of our favorite moments. Take a minute to watch it, and then mark your calendars for #EIE15 in Denver, Colorado October 22-23, 2015.

  • College and Career Readiness

    College and Career Readiness

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    Children who are not proficient readers by fourth grade face bleak futures. The Foundation supports performance-based promotion and rigorous interventions, beginning in kindergarten, but particularly for third-grade students who can’t read.
  • Outcome-Based Funding

    Outcome-Based Funding

    Spending more on education only works when the money targets strategies and programs proven to produce results. The Foundation supports policies that incentivize achievement, invest in proven policies, and recognize and reward student learning instead of just seat-time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Course Access is on the rise in the Lone Star State. In 2013, Texas lawmakers passed HB 1926 to improve the state’s online Course Access program by expanding access to high-quality options through increased online courses, special attention to professional development, enhancement of courses and changes to the approval and review process. The law has been able to accomplish all this by tapping into the existing Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).

  • 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.

As legislative sessions wind down across the nation, some leaders remain focused on improving education in their states for the long haul. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is one such leader.

  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    Children who are not proficient readers by fourth grade face bleak futures. The Foundation supports performance-based promotion and rigorous interventions, beginning in kindergarten, but particularly for third-grade students who can’t read.
  • 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.

Ten years ago, I had a sweet brick phone. It made phone calls and even allowed texting. Through the smartphone I have today, I carry in my back pocket access to the word’s information. But with the rapid rise of the digital age and digital information comes the compounded need for state and education leaders […]

Last week, Levesque and Kevin Welner, a professor of education and the director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, exchanged viewpoints on testing.

  • 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.

On a brisk morning in late January, thousands of parents, students, teachers and community leaders met at a hotel in downtown Montgomery, Al. Bundled in matching yellow scarves, they began a slow march to the state capitol. Their message was simple: Alabama families want choice in education.

  • 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.

A few years ago, Louisiana recognized a great need to give all students access to inspiring courses and educators. In response, the state pioneered the Louisiana Course Choice Program (also known as Course Access).

  • 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.

Multiplying Addition Through Civil Rights

In the 1960’s, McReynolds was active in the major civil rights struggle taking place nationally and in her namesake hometown of Selma, Alabama. Even before she reached the classroom, her life’s work and philosophy prepared her to impact the lives of her future 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.

Who is your Mrs. Bee?

I am grateful for Mrs. Bee for so many reasons.

  • 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.

Some have argued that we should address widespread academic failure by making the school day longer or the school year longer. Others have suggested breaking up one long summer vacation into shorter breaks during the year. All this does is tinker with an anachronism. Students of varying abilities still will sit in a classroom for a pre-determined period to learn the same amount of material. This is equivalent to putting 1,000 high school students on the starting line and expecting them to finish a mile run in the same time.

  • 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.
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