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Finding a new balance between the federal, state, and local governments to make Title I more effective in the 21st Century

Richard Long , Executive Director for Government Relations, National Title I Association will present this final session at the National Title I Conference in Tampa FL.

Reauthorization has been the question for the past four years, it could happen this year; but when it is rewritten one of the key issues will be: What is the balance between Federal/State/Local educators and leaders and how can we make the program work better in the 21st Century. Discussing that question will be Ann Whalen, of the US Department of Education office of the Secretary (invited); Cathryn Gardner, State Director of Title I for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Suzanne Ochse; Joel Packer, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding; Lawrence D. Tihen, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Lee County School District, Fort Myers, Florida (invited); and Richard Long, Executive Director for Government Relations for the National Title I Association.

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Funding and Reauthorization? Will 2011 be a good year?

Richard Long, Executive Director for Government Relations, National Title I Association presents this information at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL.

Reauthorization of ESEA has been cited as one of the few bi-partisan issues on the agenda, but will that mean it will be done? Reducing the deficit is a demand of most Americans and how will that impact schools and the students we serve? What does Secretary Duncan mean when he calls the coming difficult times as the “new normal”? This session will look at how these issues will be framed by the Administration and the Congress.
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School Improvement Grants at Mid Year

Dr Sam Redding is the Executive Director of the Academic Development Institute, Director of the national Center on Innovation &Improvement, and Executive Director of the School Community Journal. He was co-editor of the Handbook on Effective School Improvement Grants and the Transformation Toolkit.

Dr Redding will present a cross-section of early SIG activity by states and districts, with some examples of promising practice and lessons learned. The presentation will also describe how states are coherently fitting their SIG/turnaround work within their broader support for school and district improvement.

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A Rethinking of Title I Parental Involvement – Moving to a Systemic Plan for Sustained Family Engagement

Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Ronn Friend, Team Leader for Technical Assisatance, U. S. Department of Education; Danita Woodley , Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education present this session at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL.

The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) blueprint to reauthorize Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reflects the importance of strengthening and supporting family engagement both through specific programs designed to involve families and communities and through policies that will empower and engage families. The proposal will require that districts and schools develop comprehensive, systemic plans for sustained family engagement, and fund those plans with at least 2 percent of their funds from the Title I, Part A, program. Rather than implementing a checklist of activities, districts and schools will use family engagement strategies that increase student achievement and create a welcoming environment, open communication, and strong collaboration between families and their children’s teachers, schools, and districts. Staff from ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the proposed changes to the ESEA.

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