Stimulus funds for education--including $3 billion for school improvement and $5 billion in the Race to the Top fund--will be distributed this summer. Susan Frost discusses examples of how funds can be used, and how to get your ideas to the table.
Frost goes on to explain there are four priority areas identified by the Obama administration that have particular significance in creating a world-class education system:
You will also learn about the very important role that partnerships or consortia--among states, districts, and non-profits--can play in the revisioning of excellence and innovation in schools.
Finally, Frost reminds us that the stimulus funds are largely a one-time investment. Think about how the money can be used for start-up, but include in your proposal plans for sustaining and scaling up the work.
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Susan Frost has been following educational policy for 30 years. She served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and is currently a consultant on education policy, specializing in issues such as middle grades reform, adolescent literacy, international benchmarking and promoting the teaching of critical foreign languages.
Shari Albright is an executive director in Asia Society's Education Department.