Learning Forward Advocacy
Advocacy update: June 7, 2019
For the past month, negotiations have been ongoing between Congressional leaders and the President about a final deal on overall spending caps for this fiscal year and next. Without a deal on overall spending, all defense and domestic discretionary programs, including education, face deep cuts over the next two fiscal years as they are forced to adhere to the mandatory spending caps established by the Budget Control Act. A few weeks ago, Congress and the President seemed poised to agree to a deal that would waive the Budget Control Act and establish higher, more reasonable spending caps. At one point, Congressional leaders suggested a spending caps deal might be announced before the day was out. But that day ended with no deal and hints that the parties to the negotiation remained far apart on how much to spend on domestic programs. This week, Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) stoked the fires of optimism again by indicating that a deal could come in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, even without a deal on spending caps, the House continues to move forward with its plan to pass all twelve spending bills by the end of June. Next week promises to be a major leap forward towards meeting that goal as the House has scheduled a floor vote on a package of five of those bills, including the one covering education spending. The House version of fiscal year 2020 education spending would increase education funding by $4.5 billion over last year, adding $500 million to Title II-A. The Senate, in the meantime, has not moved forward on any of its spending bills, awaiting overall spending numbers before it proceeds. The latest rumor suggests that an initial Senate Appropriations Subcommittee mark-up of the fiscal year 2020 education spending bill, tentatively scheduled for the second week in June, may slip even later in the month.
ICYMI: Capitol Hill Briefing
Learning Forward’s Capitol Hill briefing on September 27 was a great success as we shared data at the national, state, district, and school levels providing evidence that professional learning is making a positive impact on teacher practice and student outcomes.
We encourage all educators to watch the briefing and to join us in documenting and providing evidence as we ready for next year.
Evidence, evidence, evidence
Evidence of impact is not optional. From your ESSA plans to Title II to talking with your district superintendent, everyone wants to know when professional development is making an impact and how you know. Learning Forward is here to help. We invite you to join your peers from across the U.S. to share your successes here.
Tell us what Title II funds in your school or district, and most important, what outcomes you see as a result. Outcomes might include improved graduation rates or assessment scores, improvements for specific populations of students, or other indicators that students are experiencing more meaningful learning.
A New Vision For Professional Learning: A Toolkit to Help
States Use ESSA to Advance Learning and ImprovementSystems. This toolkit helps leaders leverage professional learning as
an essential tool in overcoming systemic inequities and guaranteeing
excellence for all.
Agents for Learning Toolkit: A Guide to Amplifying Teacher
Voice and Stakeholder Engagement. This toolkit suggests ways to cultivate teacher voice and agency in policy decisions and the implementation of professional learning.
Webinar series: Speak up for Title II
Learning Forward hosted a series of advocacy webinars designed to help educators build their advocacy skills. Each free webinar provides background information, the legislative status of Title II, and offers practical steps for how you can engage in this critical fight.
Build your skills to advocate for professional learning during this federal budget season and beyond. Our immediate advocacy priority is urging policymakers to restore Title IIA funding, which is the primary source of federal funds for professional learning. This free webinar will cover Learning Forward’s policy efforts overall, and offer an update on the federal budget process and timeline. Also, attendees will learn how to advocate for Title II, including: Creating an elevator speech Contacting your senator Arranging site visits…Find out more »
Congress has been busy and Title II appropriations are moving. Join us for an A-Team Action Call on Thursday, June 28 at 3 pm ET to hear the up-to-the-minute federal update and to get some tips on sharing your professional learning story.Find out more »
This webinar will focus on state and district approaches to measuring the impact of professional learning. In addition, this webinar will provide information on impact requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how these requirements can be leveraged to strengthen professional learning in your school or district.Find out more »
Watch the live stream of today's special Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, DC, at noon - 1:30 p.m. ET. “Professional Learning: Practice and Impact” will provide information for Congress, the Administration, and K-12 education stakeholders about the impact of Title II-A funds in schools and districts across the country. The event will bring together nationally recognized professional development practitioner experts to focus on how Title II-A supported initiatives in instructional coaching, mentoring, and team teaching are making a difference in teacher practice…Find out more »
With the U.S. Department of Education having approved all state Every Student Succeeds Act plans, states and districts are busy translating those plans into practice. This webinar will feature an opportunity to hear how two key states are implementing Title II and to learn what resources, tools, and messaging they are using to support districts and to build evidence on behalf of the program.Find out more »
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I love the emphasis on advocacy for our field – the sample templates Learning Forward shares to communicate with state reps regarding policy, the up-to-date info about policy and legislation that could impact our field. I also really appreciate that Learning Forward is the standard-bearer for professional learning standards and provides a framework that supports calibrated understanding of quality and how to strive for it. — Rhonda