Federal stimulus funding for education is at an all-time high right now. Additionally, many states will also be increasing their funding, meaning many districts will have increased resources for the next 2–3 years. As district leaders emerge from a year of education triage and look to take advantage of this opportunity to make changes to their education systems, here are three things to know.

1. There are three federal stimulus packages that factor into your funding equation.

In the past year, there have been three federal stimulus packages that have major implications for education funding. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and…


Pushing an agenda to transform education (developing a joint vision of what education should be, planning the necessary steps and changes, getting buy-in for the difficult culture changes necessary for success, and then actually implementing) is hard enough during good times. But against the immediate demands of an unprecedented pandemic and unknown budget cutbacks, how can education leaders maintain aggressive efforts to transform the system that is consuming every effort just to preserve?

With COVID-19 raging, campuses emptying, and the economy see-sawing, university and college leaders are still in the “secure and stabilize” reacting phase — establishing online courses, getting…


I served as Governor of West Virginia during 9/11 as well as multiple natural disasters. The chaos of instantly uprooted lives, economic devastation, and panic necessitates real-time action to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people who find themselves displaced, lacking basic necessities, and suddenly questioning their very future.

All education leaders now face the COVID-19 crisis which requires the same leadership as addressing a major disaster rarely experienced in education. …


Reposted from FutureEd at Georgetown.

Democrats ranked education as their №2 priority, behind health care, in a recent Pew Research Center survey. Among all voters, 72 percent said they wanted to see increased federal spending on education, compared to 53 percent who wanted increase health care spending, according to another Pew poll. Yet many of the topics animating education policy discussions today — from school choice to standardized testing and social-emotional learning–were never mentioned in the Democratic presidential candidate debates this week.

FutureEd compiled bingo cards as a fun way to get a read on how education played in the…


Reposted from FutureEd at Georgetown.

Bob Wise served as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education from 2005 until his recent departure. His work at the nonprofit advocacy organization put him in the middle of the nation’s major school reform battles over the past decade and a half. Trained as a lawyer, he served as West Virginia’s governor and then represented the state in the U.S. Congress for 18 years before moving to the Alliance. He ran for governor on the slogan, “Education is the only passport from poverty.”

FutureEd Director Thomas Toch recently asked Wise, now a FutureEd senior…


When I ran for governor in 2000, my Republican opponent and I had much to disagree on. But when it came to the federally-supported Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), we only sparred over who would implement coverage more aggressively, not over the merits. Almost all policymakers recognize the importance of this bipartisan legislation enacted in 1997 in reducing the percentage of uninsured children from almost 14 percent to less than 5 percent.

As president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, I usually focus on education issues, but CHIP is both personal and related. Personal because I have seen how it…


Can two conferences held thirty-five miles apart indicate that a personalized learning movement is growing, especially if they take place in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley? And is there a common message when talking to wide-ranging audiences of teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, cutting-edge educators, and district leaders who must confront constant challenges of running a district while envisioning the future of learning?

Last week I started with the Fusion conference organized by EdSurge and Digital Promise in Burlingame and finished on Friday with a workshop on the future of personalized learning at an Association of California School Administrators’s (ACSA’s) conference…


Helping Students Succeed, One Day at a Time

Spring is a time when many teachers and students celebrate the end of the school year. It is a time to reflect on their powerful learning experiences and take pride in their progress. But for too many students, by the end of the school year they have lost out on many of these learning experiences because they have missed a significant numbers of school days.

Every year, more than 5 million American students are chronically absent, meaning they do not make it to class at least 10 percent of the time. …


Today thousands of teachers and millions of students are celebrating the ways technology transforms student learning as part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (the Alliance’s) fifth annual Digital Learning Day (DLDay). Teaching strategies that use technology to strengthen student learning (collectively known as digital learning) have become integral instructional practices in many schools. Yet a significant portion of the school-age population cannot access online learning tools after school hours. So this year’s DLDay emphasizes the need for greater digital equity and expanding digital learning opportunities for students, both inside and outside of school.

Research shows that, when implemented properly…

Bob Wise

Working for social impact & improving student learning outcomes at Bob Wise LLC. Former West Virginia governor, congressman & president of @All4Ed. @bobwise48

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