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National Webinar:
What are the Department of Education's Priorities for 2011 and Beyond?
A Special Preview for Education Grantmakers

December 13, 2010

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The $100 billion rollout of federal recovery funds, along with significant contributions from the philanthropic community, has spurred transformative changes in education policies and practices at the national, state, and district levels. Yet, despite these accomplishments, numerous challenges lie ahead amid the shifting political, economic, and funding landscape. With 2011 around the corner, the Department of Education will outline its priorities and plans for the coming school year and beyond.

In this special end-of-year preview for education funders, you'll hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Chief of Staff, Joanne Weiss, and Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Suzanne Immerman, on several topics, including:

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  • What are the Department's key accomplishments of 2010 and what are the implications for the future?
  • What are the Department's core areas of focus for the coming year?
  • What roles can grantmakers play to build on the momentum for change?

After the presentation, we will hear from Lori Fey, Portfolio Director, Policy Initiatives at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and Richard Laine, Director of Education at The Wallace Foundation who will offer their comments on priorities and themes for the year ahead in education. We will then invite you to join the conversation by offering your questions and comments.

This webinar is presented as part of the Foundations for Education Excellence initiative, made possible through generous support by the C.S. Mott Foundation. We also thank the U.S. Department of Education, the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Grantmakers for Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable for their assistance with this effort.
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