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Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative 8/12 Event

The final virtual session of the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative will be held on August 12. Registration will open soon

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New ARP Resource Launched

New Resource: COVID-19 Recovery and the Strategic Use of Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

This multimedia package was compiled from a workshop was co-sponsored by Region 2, 13, and 15 in collaboration with the National Center. The workshop was designed to discuss the implications of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, assist state education agencies (SEA) in strategic planning with featured examples of states' approaches, and provide opportunities for state specific and cross-state planning and discussion. A discussion/planning tool is provided for SEA use.

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Education Stories from the Field Phase 2 Timeline Launched!

Education Stories from the Field Phase 2: Maintaining Education Quality across Pandemic Schooling Models

In April 2021, the National Center posted the first installment of “Education Stories from the Field: Leading During a Global Pandemic,” a series of in-depth interviews with state education leaders in Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming that documented the experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic response at a state level. In a new installment recently published, the National Center checks back in with these state chiefs to learn about their decision-making processes, the lessons they learned, and the challenges they encountered as they led their states through the first six months of a school year unlike any other.

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Secretary Cardona Launches the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative

The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative is a professional learning community that brings relevant stakeholders to the table to discuss how to build effective plans for high-quality, evidence-based summer learning and enrichment. The Collaborative, a partnership of the U.S. Department of Education with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association with support from the CCNetwork and other national partners launched with a National Convening in April 2021.

Click here to read more in a Press Release from ED

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