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September 30, 2020

Securing and protecting education funding in California

A new report from a California-based think tank.

PACE Publications

Securing and Protecting Education Funding in CaliforniaCarrie HahnelHeather J. HoughJason Willis

California’s school districts, already receiving funding insufficient to meet educational goals and address the needs of students, face flat or declining revenues and rapidly growing student academic and social-emotional needs triggered by COVID-19. Securing the funding necessary to address these needs and meet state goals will require an enormous, sustained effort from many stakeholders. This brief and a substantial related report, Securing and Protecting Education Funding in California—which provides context and describes paths forward in the short and long-term examine how California could generate and protect education revenues now and in the future. The research concludes that California’s leaders and education stakeholders should act now to address urgent, short-term fiscal needs while also creating a long-term master funding plan for education. Read the brief, report, and infographic with key recommendations here >>>

PACE in the News

Don’t Cite Pre-Pandemic Screen Time Guidelines for Distance Learning, Pediatricians Say via CapRadio. Insights from H. Alix Gallagher of PACE. Read the full article here; access the associated PACE policy brief and infographic by H. Alix Gallagher and Benjamin W. Cottingham with a related publication set here >>>

PACE Events

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Prop 15: The Risks & Rewards For Schools & Businesses—A Voter Game Plan. Panelists include Heather J. Hough of PACE, Kirk J. Stark of UCLA Law, David Wagner of KPCC/LAist, and Kyle Stokes of KPCC/LAist. Details and registration for the webinar here >>>
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Webinar: State and Federal Opportunities to Support More Diverse and Inclusive School Systems

Notice of another webinar in a few months time.

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State and Federal Opportunities to Support More Diverse and Inclusive School Systems

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and
the National Coalition on School Diversity
Sponsored by Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)
and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1 – 2 p.m. ET

The nation’s work towards greater racial equity and a more just society in many ways begins with more diverse and inclusive learning environments. Yet public schools are increasingly segregated along both racial and socioeconomic lines. Many of the most extremely segregated schools are also the most under-resourced, disproportionately staffed by inexperienced educators, lack of access to quality curriculum, and lack of quality facilities or access to technology. Even where there is student diversity, access to a diverse and inclusive learning environment may still be out of reach.

Research shows diverse learning environments and experiences can improve outcomes for all students and help prepare them for participating in a diverse, global economy. States and the federal government can play a critical role in creating more diverse and inclusive school systems and in supporting and accelerating state and local efforts.

During this briefing, speakers will discuss:

  • The benefits of diverse and inclusive schools and how they can be achieved.
  • Instructional approaches that create inclusive classrooms that recognize the potential of each and every student and how school systems can be designed to support these approaches.
  • The importance of culturally and linguistically responsive practices and how educators can be supported in the development of these practices.
  • State and federal opportunities to support and accelerate more diverse and inclusive school systems.

Opening Remarks

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Member of the Office of Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)


  • Maria Hyler, Deputy Director and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute (Moderator)
  • Carlos Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Riverside
  • Janel George, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin and President, National Academy of Education

A Q&A will follow the moderated conversation.

Registration is required. Can’t make it during the scheduled time?
Register anyway, and we’ll email you the recording afterward!
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USDLA Webinar Friday Series

Note this webinar coming up on Friday.

USDLA Friday Webinar Series
Friday, October 2, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
FREE Event
 “Remote Learning – Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”
Presented by: Cathy Skora
13+ Years as teacher in Charter School
Certificate In Responsive Classroom
Skilled and experienced in lesson planning including differentiated teaching and learning, and solid classroom
management skill.
Extensive experience in training and development in educational, personal development, and corporate settings.
Skilled at student-centered, active, and inquiry based teaching and learning
The presentation will explore how parents and teachers may assist students in succeeding with online learning.
In this presentation we will:
  • share obstacles
  • problem solve to transform obstacles to opportunities
Our process will include:
-brief overview of creative problem solving process
-use evidence- based teaching and learning methods
  • student-centered learning
  • active learning
  • inquiry-based learning
Overview of responsive classroom techniques as a classroom management strategy for remote learning.
Each of the above categories will be utilized as opportunities to make remote learning a more user friendly experience for teachers and parents.
National Distance Learning Week November 9-13
Call For Proposals NOW OPEN Through September 30!
Registration Open Now
USDLA Annual Legislative Forum October 9
IFWE International Forum for Women in eLearning – Virtually
December 2 – 3
USDLA 2020 State Chapter Events
September 29 – October 2
September 30 – October 2, FDLA Annual Conference]
December 14 -15
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit:
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

September 29 Project Tomorrow NEWS: Tomorrows Webinar and Congressional Briefing!!!

A newsletter from the folks behind the annual Speak Up survey.

September 29, 2020

Headline News!

Webinar Tomorrow:
▪ September 30: A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning

Upcoming Event:
Speak Up Congressional Briefing – October 21
▪ Virtual Briefing this year: opportunities for students to participate from across the country

Tell me more….

Speak Up Research Project

Planning for 2020-21 school year:
▪ New Speak Up surveys open on November 9th!
▪ Want to join Speak Up Select? Totally customized surveys for 25 K-12 schools or districts at no cost to you!

New reports and resources

▪ 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series: two reports available now
▪ Remote E-Learning at Home resources

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

-The Project Tomorrow Team


Webinar Tomorrow: September 30 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

Instagram- Sept 30th Webinar 2

A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning from the classroom to Zoom and back

Maximizing effective instruction across physical and digital environments is key to meeting student learning goals during an uncertain school year. Educators and students alike had to learn on their feet last spring as classrooms made the sudden shift to remote learning. A proven instructional practice that worked in the physical classroom may not have translated well to Zoom. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the current paradigm shift in differentiating digital content and resources to support student learning, whether that happens in person or in hybrid or remote settings. Teachers’ ability to adopt and adapt to new instructional practices will be crucial to ensuring that student learning continues.

▪ What strategies can teachers embrace to make the most of precious classroom time?
▪ What activities are best suited to a virtual environment, particularly when in-person learning time is limited?
▪ How do you create a seamless transition between the two?

Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation at BrainPOP, will facilitate a timely conversation with three K-8 school principals and a district leader who are re-imagining the use of digital content based on lessons learned last spring. Educators will come away with fresh insights and practical ideas to become even more effective and agile this school year.

Panelists include:

Dr. Brooke Morgan, Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Talladega County Schools (AL)
Brian Dishman, Chief Academic Officer at Wayne County Schools (KY)
Ben Gilpin, Elementary School Principal in Western School District (MI)
Brenda Hall, Executive Director, Southern California Professional Development Federation (CA)

Upcoming Event

Copy of 2020 Virtual Briefing 1

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

Virtual Event hosted by edWeb

October 21 at 9 am PT, 12 noon ET

Each year since 2004, Project Tomorrow has hosted a Congressional Briefing in Washington DC to share the national findings from our research. We bring the voices of K-12 students, parents, educators and community members to Capitol Hill to be sure our policymakers are hearing directly from those most impacted by national education policy. The event includes the release of our national Speak Up report.

But this year’s Congressional Briefing will be different! The COVID19 pandemic has provided us with the impetus to open up this event to be more inclusive. For the first time, our Speak Up Congressional Briefing will be an virtual event so all that anyone who cares about K-12 education can participate from all around the county and the world.

In addition to sharing the research findings, the highlight of every Speak Up Congressional Briefing is the panel of students who tell their own stories about the role of digital tools, content and resources within their learning lives. Those insights are more important this year than ever due to the sudden shift to digital learning in spring 2020. The 2020 virtual panel of students will include elementary, middle and high school students from cities and towns across America.


Tell me more…

Speak Up Research Project

SU 2020-21

Project Tomorrow is re-framing our Speak Up Research Project for the 2020-21 school year to be more responsive to the needs of our participating schools and districts nationwide in these challenging times. We look forward to helping education leaders translate the voices and ideas of your stakeholders into actionable knowledge that can inform your plans and help you make better decisions.

New Speak Up surveys for schools and districts: to collect feedback from your K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

▪ Shorter surveys
▪ Easier to use
▪ Still no costs to participate – open to all K-12 schools and districts
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Focus on the impact of digital learning – in school and at home
▪ Surveys open for your use from November 9 – May 28, 2021
▪ New tools to help you use the feedback data more effectively to make decisions
▪ Learn more here: (need to update page for this info)

Introduction of new Speak Up program: Speak Up Select – for a select set of schools and districts who need customized survey tools for their stakeholder feedback

▪ We will develop for your school or district three fully customized surveys for your own use
▪ You pick the audience and the topics – we will do the question and survey development for you
▪ Entire turnkey process facilitated by Project Tomorrow – no costs to you
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Only available this year for 25 schools or districts nationwide – first come, first serve
▪ Interested in learning more? Fill out this interest form!
▪ To be considered, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at by September 30


New reports and resources

90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series – a collaborative project with Blackboard. Two reports available now!

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: The Shift to Digital Learning
The cavalcade of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the sudden and unplanned shift in the delivery mechanism for instruction, from primarily face-to-face, in-classroom instruction to digital learning facilitated over the Internet from home. Almost overnight, technology tools became the principal instrument for enabling the continuity of learning for students across the country. It also goes without saying that the roughly 90 days of school closures most likely forever changed our expectations for teaching and learning in K-12 education, and most certainly has shone a new spotlight on the role of digital tools, content and resources within the learning experience.

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Equity in Learning
The sudden and unplanned move to remote e-learning resulted in a spotlight on the challenges to ensure that every student has appropriate, safe and consistent access to digital tools and resources to support learning outside of school. But creating equity in learning environments is about more than provisioning a Chromebook and a Wifi hotspot to a family. Equity in access to quality teaching and learning matters too.


The E-Learning from Home Experience – Research and Data Collection Tools from Project Tomorrow

To support the current needs of K-12 schools and districts during the COVID19 pandemic, we have assembled a comprehensive set of resources on home connectivity and remote learning to help K-12 school and district leaders understand the readiness and impact of at home e-learning on their students, parents and families. Our set of resources include reports, infographics, webinar recordings, presentations and tools for local data collection to help education leaders make key decisions and investments for the school year no matter whether their back-to-school format is fully online, fully face-to-face on premises, or a hybrid blend of both. These resources are available for any K-12 school or district to use.

Resources include:
▪Reports and infographics based upon Speak Up Research Findings
▪Webinars and online conference presentations from Project Tomorrow
▪Data collection tools to support the e-learning experience from home


Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is currently recruiting schools and districts to participate in a variety of research opportunities for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management


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If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at or via phone at (949) 609-4660.

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Vista Virtual School: Orange Shirt Day 2020

An item from a Canadian-based K-12 online learning program.

Vista Virtual School: Orange Shirt Day 2020


Orange Shirt Day 2020

Wednesday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. The goal of Orange Shirt Day is to raise awareness of the intergenerational impacts of Canada’s Indian Residential Read more…

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