Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mid-December forum on DC's Race to the Top application

Today the DC State Board of Education and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced a December 15 community forum on the District's Race to the Top application process.

Attendees will learn about DC's application, who is involved, and the timeline, all presented by Dr. Kerri Briggs, State Superintendent of Education, and Lisa Raymond, President, State Board of Education.   The forum is being held on December 15 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Friendship Public Charter School, Chamberlain Elementary campus (1345 Potomac Ave SE, less than one block from the Potomac Avenue Metro station).   (More information is in the invitation/notice.)

The Race to the Top (RTTT) Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform.   The application requires states to document their past success and outline their plans to extend their reforms by using college- and career-ready standards and assessments, building a workforce of highly effective educators, creating educational data systems to support student achievement, and turning around their lowest-performing schools.   President Obama and ed secretary Arne Duncan announced this initiative in January; more information is available on the US Department of Education Web site.

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