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Our webinars bring together leaders and experts in the field who are grappling with and identifying solutions to today's education issues at the local, state, and national level. By surfacing and facilitating conversations that promote adults working together instead of at cross purposes, we’re helping to amplify insights and ideas that policymakers and practitioners can use to create dramatic change for children.

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Every organization has big, bold ideas. In the education sector, those ideas are rooted in making education more effective, equitable, and transformative for students. But turning ideas into impact requires a strong strategy. Attend this webinar to learn how the leaders of uAspire, Saga Education, and Envision Learning Partners deploy Direct, Widespread, and Systemic Impact strategies to respond to the needs of this moment and advance their impact.

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In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation, Bellwether Education Partners is seeking initial applications for a new grant fund designed to help families and students leverage public policy to find and engage in supplemental learning options. Applicants should have bold ideas related to ensuring that families can access supplemental learning related to their child’s needs, interests, and goals.

In this webinar, learn more about the RFI and ask questions related to this fund and the application requirements.

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Education finance sets the foundation for what is possible in schools. Creating greater equity in education finance can help to level the playing field for underserved students, but there are political barriers to change.

What is the political reality for creating, implementing, and improving equitable state school finance systems? Hear from legislators and advocates on their efforts to create more equitable funding for students in their states, what work still needs to be done, and lessons learned to ensure that finance and inequity no longer shortchange students.

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More than a year into the pandemic, school districts have changed how they do their work. Moving and changing big systems is not easy, but district leaders have pushed forward innovations, created interventions, and learned a lot along the way.

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The Biden Administration signed its first major law — and it’s a big one: $1.9 trillion in spending with additional stimulus checks going to millions of Americans, child tax credits for families, and funding to pull millions of Americans out of poverty. It also includes a lot of funding for schools that could be transformative — or just absorbed as business as usual. Whether and how America’s students benefit from the aid package is an open question. How should states, cities, and schools use this funding to go from pandemic to progress? How can education leaders use this boost in funding to innovate and support students, especially those who live on the margins? And what are the key lessons from the last big education recovery bill during the Great Recession in 2009.

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Many major school systems remain 100 percent virtual and have not provided in-person instruction since March. More than 3 million students may not have logged into virtual school or received any formal education since then either. Meanwhile, an intense national debate has broken out about whether schools should be open or not. Before the Biden-Harris Administration takes the helm in D.C., we ask: Is it time to reopen schools? How can education leaders do it safely?

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As schools open this year, leaders may have more clarity on how they will assess student physical health than how they will assess student learning. Some have protocols for daily temperature checks, but are unclear whether annual student assessments in reading and math, for example, will be administered.

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A global pandemic has interrupted standards-based accountability systems, which were originally built as a path to higher and more equitable outcomes for students. But with the twin forces of COVID-19 and the national call to action on racial inequity, the question of how we should measure the impact of education systems on students, particular students of color and low-income students, is more urgent than ever.

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Join Bellwether’s Andy Rotherham and four pivotal sector leaders to discuss what’s happening on the ground in American schools and what school leaders need now to meet this remarkable challenge.