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May 26, 2011 (Subscribe)     
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UPCOMING EVENTS

May 31: College and Career Readiness: What does it really mean? Part 3: The Practitioner Perspective
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host this webinar 3 – 4 p.m. (EDT) to highlight the efforts of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). CART staff members will talk about the program and describe their experiences, and representatives from the U.S. and California departments of education will discuss how these college- and career-ready efforts can be supported at the state and federal levels. To register and submit questions for the webinar, click here.

June 3: What Census data means for education
Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity will host a webinar, “The Common Good Forecaster,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (EDT). The Common Good Forecaster is an online tool created by the American Human Development Project and United Way that ties new Census data to education's impact -- state-by-state and county-by-county -- on health, civic engagement, crime, and other issues. The webinar’s panelists will demonstrate this powerful tool and ways it can impact your work. To register, click here.

The OTL Campaign is a national movement to close the opportunity gap-to ensure that all children, regardless of where they live, have access to top-notch public schools built on high-quality early-childhood education, highly prepared and effective teachers, college-prep curriculum, and equitable instructional materials and policies.

This newsletter is designed to be a unique resource for teachers, parents, students, activists and researchers. In each issue we'll be highlighting news, analysis and upcoming events geared toward those of us working to provide every child with an opportunity to learn.


OTL HIGHLIGHTS
  • The OTL Campaign welcomes Tina Dove as its director

    The Opportunity to Learn Campaign recently named its new national campaign director, Tina Dove. With education expertise that is deep and wide, Dove will help develop resources and strategies to support building public will to demand that every child is guaranteed the opportunity to learn. Read more>

  • Huffington Post: Protect the American Union by supporting public schools

    In his new blog on the Huffington Post, John H. Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, argues that the strength of our nation's future depends on our commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality public education. Those who rally behind untested reform efforts that benefit the few would further divide the country and erode our prospects for lasting prosperity. It's time to invest in public education – and in our future as a strong Union. Read more>

  • Putting profits in front of the public is bad business for our schools

    Privatization is not a panacea for what ails public education. As New York Times columnist Gail Collins points out in a recent column, in states from Ohio to Texas, efforts that have allowed for-profit companies to run schools and hire teachers have yielded lower standards and troubling results. Read more>

  • Kati Haycock is right: Appreciate teachers every day

    We should expect school systems to hire and retain the best teachers possible, but responsible state and local leaders also have to give these educators on the front line the resources and support they need to do their jobs well. Read more >

RESOURCES
  • The 2010 State of Preschool Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten programs during the 2009-2010 school year
    The report, prepared by the National Institute for Early Education Research, includes information on national trends in public preschool programs, state profiles with detailed program information, and comprehensive appendices of survey and program data. The report emphasizes the need for effective, high-quality early education programs that provide critical support to a child's development. The data also show that the recession had a significant impact on state funding for preschool programs in the 2009-2010 school year. Read more>

  • Coalition supports early childhood education in new ESEA
    As federal lawmakers consider reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this brief makes the argument for a robust early education component in the effort to provide high-quality programs in the fight for equal educational opportunities for all children. Read more>
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