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Investing in our Children's Future: Understanding Stimulus Funding and
Leveraging Philanthropy to Support Long-term Education Goals

February 16, 2010

Despite the many challenges facing our nation, we enter 2010 with a unique opportunity to advance the cause of education reform in this country. President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, have committed to investing unprecedented federal resources to improve our nation's schools. The education funding community has a unique opportunity to form partnerships and leverage these resources to promote and support more effective education policies and practices, particularly in the next few months.

In response, this webinar provides education funders with information on the U.S. Department of Educationís strategies and priorities regarding the stimulus funding, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and President Obama's proposed 2011 budget.

Featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Education:
Judy Wurtzel, Deputy Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
Charlie Rose, General Counsel

Presented in partnership with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and in cooperation with the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers for Education, the webinar addresses the following important issues related to improving K-12 public schooling across the country:

1. Maximizing the Opportunity: Why the next few months constitute a critical moment for funders to mobilize support for the Administration's efforts to develop and scale educational innovations that have the potential to reduce the achievement gap.
2. Mapping the Landscape: What opportunities exist for funders to leverage their financial resources through partnerships and what is the timeline for participating in them?
3. Being Strategic: How can funders work together in coming months to identify the resources needed to ensure that best-in-class education organizations are well positioned to compete for Federal funding?
4. Generating and Maintaining Local/Regional Momentum: To mobilize desired partnerships, funders will need to organize ongoing conversations that help coordinate and align funder collaboratives with local/regional opportunities. What is the best way to do this?

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