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Public School Transformation Now! Campaign

This is the time for public schools to transform learning for each student in every local school by providing a more student-centered and personalized learning approach that better promotes real world and twenty-first century learning skills. The COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated the need for transformation. NSBA is committed to making this a national conversation.
 

Kickoff Event

Please join us and national education leaders on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. for an engaging discussion on innovative policies and practices to reshape and provide a more equitable public education for each child. Experts will address topics such as reinventing school, the Homework Gap, personalized learning, special education, and the role of teachers and professional learning.

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Speakers

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Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the Learning Policy Institute, is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she is Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama's education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014).

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Roberto J. Rodríguez is President and CEO of Teach Plus. Roberto spearheads the movement to grow and strengthen teacher leadership at Teach Plus, by empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to advance change in education that will yield success for students. Roberto has dedicated his career to advancing equity, access, and excellence in education. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in education policy and governance and for his leadership in building multi-sector partnerships with schools, families, and communities to improve educational opportunities for all children. Prior to joining Teach Plus, Roberto served in senior roles in the United States Senate and in the White House. From 2009 to 2017, he developed and led President Obama’s education initiatives to build systemic change and improve opportunity and outcomes across the educational continuum. Prior to his service in the White House, Roberto led legislative and education policy development efforts for the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former Chairman of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. As Senator Kennedy’s principal education advisor, Roberto led successful bipartisan efforts to enact of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Head Start Act of 2007, among other bills.

jim geringer

Jim Geringer, Former Governor of Wyoming, serves as Vice Chair of digiLEARN. While governor, he focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology. He modernized Wyoming's economic base to extensively include technology, and implemented strategic planning and information systems. Governor Geringer is a founder and current chair of the Board of Trustees for Western Governors University, a nonprofit online university founded and supported by 19 U.S. governors that certifies competency-based education.

 

 

bev perdue

Bev Perdue is the Chair and Founder of digiLEARN. She was elected the first female governor of North Carolina in 2008. Perdue’s pioneering efforts in education are the hallmark of her more than 25 years in public service, including two terms at Lieutenant Governor and seven terms in the North Carolina General Assembly. Her Career & College: Ready, Set Go! agenda was an innovative approach to keeping students on grade level, improving graduation rates, and increasing the number of high school graduates seeking college degrees or career training. Perdue was one of the first governors to adopt state-led rigorous common standards and was the first to direct all levels of the state’s schools, colleges, and universities to adopt those standards. At the end of her tenure, the state's graduation rate topped 80% for the first time.

bob wise

Bob Wise is the former president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC–based education policy organization. Wise is a former governor of West Virginia and he represented the state in the U.S. Congress for 18 years. Gov. Wise led the development of Future Ready Schools®, a network of 3,300 school districts committed to assisting teachers and improving student learning outcomes through digital learning. He recently launched a science of adolescent learning initiative to guide education policy and practice decisions, and works closely with school district, state, and national leaders for evidence-based systems-change that advances 21st century learning meeting each student’s needs. He is author of Raising the Grade: How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth and Our Nation.

 

Twitter Chat

Join us for a Twitter Chat @NSBAPublicEd immediately following the conclusion of the event, using the hashtag #EdTransformation. National education experts will be sharing their insights on innovative practices during the pandemic and how to continue public school transformation in a post-COVID world.

Resources


Alliance for Excellent Education’s Future Ready Schools

Future Ready Schools’ provides districts with free resources and support to ensure that digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. As part of its leadership program, Future Ready Schools supports school board members.

Alliance for Excellent Education's Report on the Homework Gap

The following analysis conducted by John B. Horrigan, a national expert on technology adoption, for the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), National Indian Education Association (NIEA), National Urban League (NUL), and UnidosUS of data from the 2018 American Community Survey1 (ACS) shows that millions of households with children under the age of 18 years lack two essential elements for online learning: (1) high-speed home internet service and (2) a computer. Furthermore, these disparities disproportionately impact students of color, students from low-income families, and those in rural communities. As states and districts develop plans to extend online learning into the 2020–2021 school year, school and district leaders must ensure that all students have equitable access to the devices and connectivity necessary for academic success.

digiLEARN

The Digital Learning Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating digital learning for all ages with a goal of increasing personal learning options for students and expanding instructional opportunities for teachers and instructors.

Digital Learning Day 2021

A nationwide celebration, Digital Learning Day spreads innovative practices and ensures that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. The event promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

Homework Gap Report from Common Sense Media and Boston Research

A new analysis by Common Sense and BCG of the digital divide for America’s K-12 public school students and teachers finds that the Homework Gap is larger than previously estimated. This report explores the size of the distance learning digital divide with a state-by-state analysis and discusses the cost and opportunities to close the distance learning digital divide.

The Learning Accelerator

The Learning Accelerator is a national nonprofit working to drive promising new educational approaches from the fringes of innovation to the center of teaching and learning for every child, in every classroom, in every school in America. The organization identifies patterns and sparks movement on shared problems of practice.

Learning Policy Institute’s Restarting and Reinventing School Report

As state and district leaders prepare for what schooling will look like in 2020 and beyond, there is an opportunity to identify evidence-based policies and practices that will enable them to seize this moment to rethink school in ways that can transform learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. The Learning Policy Institute’s report provides an overarching framework that focuses on how policymakers as well as educators can support equitable, effective teaching and learning regardless of the medium through which that takes place.

Public Schools Week 2021

Hosted by Learning First Alliance and its partners, including NSBA, Public Schools Week designates a week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents, and school board members to host events for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education.

Teach Plus

Teach Plus empowers excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success.