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Race To The Top: Early Learning Grant Winners Announced Today

UPDATE: Want the Early Learning Challenge scoop? Join EWA’s Q&A with the experts today at 1:30 pm (ET). Call-in # 888-299-4099, passcode VB84100.

At 10 a.m. today, the winners of the first round of the Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge will be announced at the White House. A handful of states (out of the 35 that applied, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) will share $500 million in federal grants.

After the announcement, EWA will hold a conference call with two experts in the field. We’ll talk to Jon Schnur, executive chairman and co-founder of America Achieves (who also served as an advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and was on President Obama’s transition team), and Sharon Lynn Kagan, executive director of co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and professor adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

 There’s another important event coming up that I’d like you to put on your calendar. From Maine to California, school districts are reporting significant increases in the number of homeless students. On Monday, EWA will offer a webinar to help you get a deeper understanding of the underlying issues. How does homelessness impact an individual student’s long-term prospects both in and out of school? How are campuses responding to record levels of need? What are the overlooked (and under-reported) elements of this compelling story?

Our presenters will include Barbara Duffield, policy director of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children; Pamela Hosmer, Program Manager for the San Diego Unified School District’s Children and Youth in Transition program; and Dr. Ellen Bassuk, a Harvard University professor and founder and president of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

The webinar will run from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). You need to register in advance, and space is limited. Click here to sign up.


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