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NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: Scaling Impact: Answering the Administration’s Call

Session Description: This last year has been unprecendented for education entrepreneurs, with the federal government increaing funding available to innovative nonprofits, engaging social innovators in the development of policy, and highlighting the work of entrepreneurs as proof points to be emulated. This plenary explored two related sets of questions: First, how will these innovative ideas, models and policies expand and get stronger so that more children and communities can benefit? Second, what […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Summit Description: Education entrepreneurs’ intense efforts over the past decade and a half have yielded promising results, demonstrating how innovative thinking and fierce dedication can change the lives of children from underserved communities. These accomplishments have only been possible through the collaboration of entrepreneurs working across professional boundaries to end the inequality that blunts the lives of millions across the country. To set the stage for the day, NewSchools invited three thought […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: The Secretary and the Chairman: A Conversation with Arne Duncan and George Miller

Session Description As anyone who has watched “Schoolhouse Rock” knows, the decisive voices in federal education reform efforts will be those of the Administration and of Congress. In this highly unusual joint appearance, two of the most important decision makers joined in conversation on the prospects for real change. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Representative George Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, have been strong advocates for […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: Closing Achievement Gaps: The Civil Rights Issue of the Next Decade

Session Description: This intergenerational conversation highlighted connections and differences between the civil rights and education reform movements, and explored insights that the civil rights movement provides for tackling what many consider today’s most important social justice issue: closing the achievement gaps that persist in public education. Entrepreneurs were inspired to redouble their actions in addressing the inequities in education that remain unresolved and to take aggressive action to push the movement toward accomplishing […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: Awards

Description: While much of the NewSchools Summit focuses on charting a path forward and taking a hard, critical look at the challenges and opportunities for this community in the future, it is also an occasion to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the education reform community. As such, NewSchools recognizes individuals and organizations that, through their embodiment of the spirit of entrepreneurship, have had exemplary impact over the past year. While those we honor come from different […] Read more

School reform vs. school jobs? No.

Tucked away in a military spending bill in the House of Representatives is a false choice: saving jobs vs. education reform. The proposal, by Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, came to light yesterday thanks to the considerable candlepower of Alyson Klein, half of the dynamic duo that covers federal education policy at Education Week. The measure is ostensibly aimed at finding $10 billion to save teacher jobs, […] Read more