Summaries of Proposals Awarded $15,000

The following 24 proposals received $15,000 stipends to refine and expand their ideas for impact.

Organization Submitter Proposal Title Location Proposal Summary
AdvancED / Measured Progress Holly King Redefining the Measurement of Early Childhood Program Quality and Child Outcomes Arizona, Georgia & New Hampshire This proposal seeks to identify a common set of indicators observed in high-quality early childhood programs that correlate to long-term academic and workplace success outcomes. This would enable early childhood programs to be consistent in accurately targeting meaningful elements of quality and actions for improvement.
Austin Chamber of Commerce Drew Scheberle Opportunity Austin: College and Career Readiness and Placement Texas Austin’s Opportunity for All goal to accomplish near universal readiness and placement of area high school graduates either into post-secondary education or the high-performance workplace.
Bellwether Education Partners Lina Bankert CAP (College Access & Persistence) and Gown: Building Ecosystem Connections to Increase Postsecondary Degree Attainment District of Columbia A deep-dive study of a state or region to highlight where in the pipeline students are most likely to fall through the cracks, followed by a playbook of recommendations to address systemic opportunities. Consideration of both K-12 and postsecondary lenses.
BloomBoard Jason C. Lange Competency-Based Educator Licensure through Micro-Credentials California & Pennsylvania This proposal will develop a policy paper on the lessons learned about using micro-credentials in the licensure context for educators.
Center on Reinventing Public Education Ashley Jochim & Travis Pillow Out-of-School Enrichment Accounts Washington An enrichment-allowance program where parents whose children qualify based on income or other risk factors (e.g. foster care) would be able to receive a monetary allocation, administered by a third party (a nonprofit or a government agency) to access out‑of‑school enrichment opportunities.
Center on Reinventing Public Education Travis Pillow & Sean Gill Real estate trusts for school facilities Washington This proposal describes the creation of real estate trusts to manage real estate holdings and make space available for schools, clinics, childcare centers, and other community organizations. This trust would centralize how schools (traditional and charter) obtain real estate by using a third party to assess the school’s need for space and match that need with available space that has been acquired within the respective jurisdiction.
Education Reform Now Michael Dannenberg Building a “Fast Track” to College District of Columbia This proposal is to develop for students academically prepared at the end of 11th grade two new pathways to fast track to college. Pathway (1) offers a 4+3 model of high school to and through college (4 years of high school & 3 years of college), whereas Pathway (2) offers a 3+4 model (3 years of high school & 4 years of college). In both cases, savings would be generated that could reform traditional 12th grade courses.
Education Strategy Group

 

Ryan Reyna Stop Remediation Before It Starts District of Columbia This proposal seeks to redesign the 12th grade year utilizing “transition” courses that provide opportunities to catch up on knowledge/skills not yet mastered. These courses would be co-developed by K-12 and higher education educators to ensure they meet the required level of rigor to succeed in entry-level college courses.
GoGetter Jared Wise GoGetter Online Skilled Trades Community California This proposal seeks to increase the supply of workers in skilled trades by recruiting young people to these careers, and build a more effective online connection tool between individual students and workers, businesses looking for employees to hire, and organizations which provide services to these individuals and businesses.
Graduation Alliance Rebekah Richards Pay-for-Performance Statewide Dropout Recovery Programs to Re-engage Opportunity Youth Indiana & Ohio This proposal outlines a “Pay-for-Performance” dropout recovery program with an open process to identify statewide providers who would receive compensation based on students completing accredited courses, earning diplomas and certificates, and job placement.
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana (HEAL) Connie Bellone Coordinated Care for the Whole Child – Sustainability Model Louisiana The proposal aims to expand its “Coordinated Care for the Whole Child Program,” a program designed to remove the physical, mental and social health barriers to learning, to more schools in Louisiana. The proposal includes leveraging the use of Medicaid dollars to support service provision.
Independent Consultant Avni Gupta-Kagan Simultaneously Redefining the Role of Schools and Social Workers South Carolina This proposal seeks to redefine the role and responsibilities specific to school social workers, so that schools both address the effects of poverty and support student learning simultaneously.
IntegrateNYC Sarah Zapiler Student-Generated Enrollment Algorithm for Increased Integration New York This proposal seeks to engage students in reforming the enrollment process through an equitable high school enrollment algorithm to produce sustainable integration in NYC.
Iowa Department of Education Kay Augustine Elevating the Voice of Those We are Called to Serve – System Design with Youth Engagement and Voice Iowa This proposal seeks to design and implement a sustainable integration of student engagement and voice into a multi-tiered system of supports and continuous school improvement.
Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

(in collaboration with Chiefs for Change)

Ashley Berner & David Steiner Mapping the Knowledge Domains in ELA Curricula Maryland Analyze an ELA curriculum by “mapping” the knowledge domains that are implicit in the selection of the texts to be read. The analysis and reports provide critical resources that enable leaders to make the best ELA curricular decisions for the students they serve.
Learning Heroes

 

Bibb Hubbard, Cindi Williams and Erica Felker Equipping Parents in Understanding Grade Level Mastery District of Columbia The proposal seeks to “road test” in a local setting the Readiness Check, an interactive tool that gives parents a “gut check” on how their child has mastered the foundational skills needed for success as they progress from grade to grade.
Louisiana Community & Technical College System Emily Campbell, René Cintrón, Tarie Roberson & Amber Blair Addressing Barriers for Adult Students Louisiana The proposal captures their program, WorkReady U, as part of a system of public community and technical colleges coordinating to offer a series of state and institutional policies to solve social and economic challenges.
mindSpark Learning Shannon Myers STEMpath Colorado The proposal would create a graduate-level teacher certification program in STEM (e.g. computer science), starting in Colorado. This certification program would combine coursework and industry externships.
National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools Lauren Rhim A Blueprint for Educating Students with Disabilities in Portfolio School Districts New York The proposal outlines a vision for a robust and multi-pronged blueprint to educate students with disabilities well in portfolio districts.
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Gus Reyes Preparing Hispanic children for success on their journey in early childhood education California This proposal seeks to build a resource for Hispanic families on how to engage with the early childhood system and what to expect to help children get ready for academic success.
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Rachel Belin Student Voice Think Tank Kentucky This proposal seeks to institutionalize and expand a unique student-led education research model pioneered by the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team.
The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Glenn Whitman

 

Neuroteach Global Maryland This proposal seeks to design and launch a professional development tool using technology to revolutionize how educators develop their understanding of the Science of Learning and their ability to translate research into actions through virtual micro-learning experiences.
University Ventures Ryan Craig Closing the skills gap through last-mile training New York To address the technological skills gap, the proposal aims to open up Pell Grant eligibility to “Last-Mile” training programs. Last-Mile Training takes a Design Thinking approach to the skills gap: designing backwards from good entry-level jobs rather than forward from high school.
YouthForce NOLA Cate Swinburn YouthForce NOLA: Real-World Skills for Real-Life Success Louisiana An education, business, and civil collaborative that prepares New Orleans public school students for the successful pursuit of high-wage, high-demand career pathways.

 

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Pathway 2 Tomorrow Awards 24 Proposals with $15,000

Contact: Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA
303-238-3011/ jane@jkdjane.com

Pathway 2 Tomorrow Awards 24 Proposals with $15,000

Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (P2T) has awarded 24 recipients across 17 states and the District of Columbia with $15,000 stipends for innovative ideas to transform education outcomes in the U.S.

“Through P2T’s Call for Proposals, it is clear that individuals from across the country are committed to improving our education systems and seek to build upon the foundation to push existing boundaries and reach new ones,” said Hanna Skandera, former New Mexico secretary of education and P2T visionary. “We are confident that these game-changing ideas will impact students, schools and communities across the country. We’re thrilled to be working with these individuals to refine and expand on the proposed solutions and report on their impact.”

The goal of the Call for Proposals was to hear locally responsive ideas with the potential to transform our education system at the state and local levels. These proposals rose to the top through a rigorous review process. Over 2 months, P2T received 240 submissions across 39 states representing all geographical regions. Proposals came from policymakers, entrepreneurs, educators, parents, researchers, advocates, nonprofits and business leaders. Submitted proposal topics ranged from closing the skills gap, teacher recruitment and preparation, personalized learning, higher education debt relief, and more.

The submitted proposals were reviewed by more than 30 cross-professional leaders. The selected proposals demonstrated established need, were research-informed, innovative, encompassed a clear path to implementation and anticipated significant results.

“We represent a group of people who are working every day on improving education for our nation’s students, and P2T has helped us uncover these locally responsive solutions,” stated the reviewers, who wrote an Open Letter following their review experience.

One of the 24 awarded proposals will receive the Innovation Award of $100,000. P2T will announce the recipient later this month.

LIST OF WINNERS

The following 24 proposals received $15,000 stipends to refine and expand their ideas for impact. For more details on the proposals, please click here.

Organization Submitter Proposal Title
AdvancED / Measured Progress Holly King Redefining the Measurement of Early Childhood Program Quality and Child Outcomes
Austin Chamber of Commerce Drew Scheberle Opportunity Austin: College and Career Readiness and Placement
Bellwether Education Partners Lina Bankert CAP (College Access & Persistence) and Gown: Building Ecosystem Connections to Increase Postsecondary Degree Attainment
BloomBoard Jason C. Lange Competency-Based Educator Licensure through Micro-Credentials
Center on Reinventing Public Education Ashley Jochim & Travis Pillow Out-of-School Enrichment Accounts
Center on Reinventing Public Education Travis Pillow & Sean Gill Real estate trusts for school facilities
Education Reform Now Michael Dannenberg Building a “Fast Track” to College
Education Strategy Group Ryan Reyna Stop Remediation Before It Starts
GoGetter Jared Wise GoGetter Online Skilled Trades Community
Graduation Alliance Rebekah Richards Pay-for-Performance Statewide Dropout Recovery Programs to Re-engage Opportunity Youth
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana (HEAL) Connie Bellone Coordinated Care for the Whole Child – Sustainability Model
Independent Consultant Avni Gupta-Kagan Simultaneously Redefining the Role of Schools and Social Workers
IntegrateNYC Sarah Zapiler Student-Generated Enrollment Algorithm for Increased Integration
Iowa Department of Education Kay Augustine Elevating the Voice of Those We are Called to Serve – System Design with Youth Engagement and Voice
Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

(in collaboration with Chiefs for Change)

Ashley Berner & David Steiner Mapping the Knowledge Domains in ELA Curricula
Learning Heroes Bibb Hubbard, Cindi Williams and Erica Felker Equipping Parents in Understanding Grade Level Mastery
Louisiana Community & Technical College System Emily Campbell, René Cintrón, Tarie Roberson & Amber Blair Addressing Barriers for Adult Students
mindSpark Learning Shannon Myers STEMpath
National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools Lauren Rhim A Blueprint for Educating Students with Disabilities in Portfolio School Districts
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Gus Reyes Preparing Hispanic children for success on their journey in early childhood education
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Rachel Belin Student Voice Think Tank
The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Glenn Whitman Neuroteach Global
University Ventures Ryan Craig Closing the skills gap through last-mile training
YouthForce NOLA Cate Swinburn YouthForce NOLA: Real-World Skills for Real-Life Success

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An Open Letter: A Vital Opportunity of Re-Emergence for Education

October 29, 2018

This month, we had the honor of serving on the review panel to evaluate proposals for Pathway 2 Tomorrow’s Call for Proposals. The experience was powerful and reaffirmed what we all know about our education landscape today. Civil discourse is often lacking, but what we experienced was meaningful and illustrative of what is possible. We are a diverse set of leaders who are in no way abandoning our foundation but believe we need to cast a positive vision for education for future generations. The P2T review process was grounded in the belief that different perspectives coming together would refine our thinking so the ideas behind the proposals transform into actions to positively impact the path forward.

We are at a pivotal moment in education. As divides become more apparent, Pathway 2 Tomorrow (P2T) is inspiring fresh thinking and connecting an increasingly siloed landscape. Through P2T, individuals from all experiences and perspectives are committed to improving our education system and preparing our children for meaningful careers while maintaining high expectations for all.

As P2T prepares to announce the selected proposals — and winners of a $15,000 stipend to refine and expand on their solution — it is important that we emphasize that the purpose of P2T extends beyond the awards themselves. It represents one avenue to once again make education relevant in the fabric of our communities and the importance of pulling together to leverage the relevance into impact.

P2T, to date, has demonstrated the value of bringing people together and leveraging our unique convictions to achieve further progress. It has reminded us of what’s possible for our country when we engage in respectful discourse and work toward a common goal. P2T has acquired over 100 partners and supporters — from all regions, roles, and political inclinations – agreeing that we must shift our approach and commit to a newfound, locally responsive direction. P2T garnered 240 ideas from 33 states, representing both urban and rural communities, and many perspectives – parents, entrepreneurs, elite researchers and education leaders.

The act of bringing a diverse set of individuals together was intentional and positioned each proposal for robust review through various lenses. The conversations were lively, the debates were respectful and the outcomes are valuable. While we represent a group of people who are working every day on improving education for our nation’s students, we often don’t know of the promising initiatives that are currently underway all over our country. P2T has helped us uncover these locally responsive solutions.

Both higher education and K–12 leaders must come together, in collaboration with private sector partners, to make aligned, substantive changes to our overall education system. These systemic, and likely disruptive, shifts must improve the skills of graduates, tying strategies to economic and workforce demands, and inform opportunities for further innovation. We must change how we think about education and teach our children to think critically and problem solve on their own through student-centered and personalized approaches. We must reimagine the roles of educators and advocates to position education as a desirable career – training, supporting, and rewarding educators is a key component of progress. We will continue to steward our current coalitions, while recognizing that the tent must be broadened to encompass our students and families and to leverage the resources and relationships of the larger community for maximum impact.

The momentum we’ve built can continue to bridge the divides. Our way forward builds upon the foundational principles of autonomy, accountability, equity, and choice, while calling for more audacious ideas — to disrupt the status quo and transform the existing system — and for courageous leaders to accelerate progress and coalesce the next phase of the education movement. The process of idea generation and the themes that emerged from P2T’s Call for Proposals clearly indicate that education remains a priority in the minds of Americans, and individuals at all levels are committed to finding solutions to guide the next phase. A new wave of relevancy is upon us, but it is contingent upon many voices and perspectives working in alignment again. The solutions will come, but only if we can leverage our commitment and inspire the commitment of others.

We are committed to rebuilding relationships and pushing the boundaries of education reform’s history to find new horizons. We will demand of ourselves that we move beyond our tired, sometimes jaded perspectives, and encourage the same of others. We have shown, personally, that there is value in reinventing and reigniting the fuel that working together inspires and it starts with passion, commitment, and courage. We believe that as Americans, we will pull together and harness our unique convictions for what is possible for our next generation.

Jeremy Anderson — President, Education Commission of the States
Christopher Cerf — former Superintendent, Newark Public Schools & former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education
Whitney Chapa — Director of Strategic Initiatives, Arizona Board of Regents
Justin Cohen — Chief Operating Officer, Wayfinder Foundation
James Cryan — Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Prep
Barbara Damron — Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department
Scott Ellsworth — Principal and Owner, Scott Ellsworth Consulting
Dale Erquiaga — President and CEO, Communities in Schools
Alison Griffin — Senior Vice President, Whiteboard Advisors
Lindsay Jones — Interim Executive Director, National Center for Learning Disabilities
Holly Kuzmich —  Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute
Toney McNair, Jr. —  Choral Music Teacher, Indian River Middle School & 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year
Kira Orange Jones — Member, Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education & Senior Vice President, Teach For America
Madeline Pumariega — Chancellor, Florida College System
Deborah Quazzo — Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
Elizabeth Rorick —  Deputy Executive Director, National Parent Teacher Association
Jessica Solano —  Teacher Engagement Leader, Polk County Public Schools & 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year
Ben Wallerstein — CEO and Co-Founder, Whiteboard Advisors
Rebecca Watts —  Chancellor, Western Governors University Ohio
Martin West — Member, Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education & Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jamie Woodson — Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee SCORE
Carey Wright — State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi Department of Education

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Leaders Convene This Week to Select Innovative Ideas for Educational Impact

October 1, 2018 Leaders from across the country convene this week in Denver, Colorado to select proposals for advancement as part of the Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (P2T) Call for Proposals. The review panels consist of cross-professional leaders including educators, advocates, elected officials, and education chiefs of both K-12 and higher education systems.

“P2T has brought together some of the brightest minds to evaluate promising solutions,” said Hanna Skandera, former Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico and founder of P2T. “The reviewers will determine the potential for truly innovative and gamechanging ideas in education to impact states and local communities.”

Proposals advanced by the review teams will receive a $15,000 stipend to refine the idea for maximum impact. Selected proposals will also be considered for the $100,000 Innovation Award. More information about Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future can be found at www.p2tomorrow.org.

Review Panel Participants:

  • Jeremy Anderson – President, Education Commission of the States
  • Bridget Burns – Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance
  • Christopher Cerf – former Superintendent, Newark Public Schools & former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Whitney Chapa – Director of Strategic Initiatives, Arizona Board of Regents
  • Justin Cohen – Chief Operating Officer, Wayfinder Foundation
  • Soncia Coleman – Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, United Way Worldwide
  • Michael CrowPresident, Arizona State University
  • James Cryan – Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Prep
  • Carol D’Amico – Executive Vice President, Strada Education Network
  • Barbara Damron – Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • Cristina DeJesus – President and CEO, Green Dot Public Schools California
  • Scott Ellsworth – Principal and Owner, Scott Ellsworth Consulting
  • Dale Erquiaga – President & CEO, Communities in Schools and former State Superintendent, Nevada Department of Public Instruction
  • Alison Griffin – Senior Vice President, Whiteboard Advisors
  • Lisa-Marie Haygood, National Parent Teacher Association
  • Lindsay Jones – Vice President, National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Holly Kuzmich – Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute
  • Pedro Martinez – Superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District
  • Peggy McLeod – Vice President, UnidosUS
  • Toney McNair – 2017 Teacher of the Year, State of Virginia
  • Maria Moser – Senior Director of Teaching and Learning, UnidosUS
  • Kira Orange Jones — Member, Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education & Senior Vice President, Teach For America
  • Madeline Pumariega – Chancellor, Florida College System
  • Deborah Quazzo – Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
  • Elizabeth Rorick – Deputy Executive Director, National Parent Teacher Association
  • Jessica Solano – 2017 Teacher of the Year, State of Florida
  • Leslie Villegas – Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
  • Ben Wallerstein – CEO and Co-Founder, Whiteboard Advisors
  • Rebecca Watts – Chancellor, Western Governors University
  • Martin West – Member, Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education & Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • John White — State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Jamie Woodson – Executive Director, Tennessee SCORE
  • Carey Wright – State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi Department of Education

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NEW $100K INNOVATION AWARD TO TRANSFORM STATE & LOCAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Jane Dvorak, 303-919-9275, jane@goteamtbg.com

 

DENVER, Colo. – Aug. 16, 2018 – Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (www.p2tomorrow.org) today announced a significant Innovation Award for submissions of agile education solutions to transform state and local outcomes in both K-12 and higher education.

 

The recipient of the Innovation Award will receive $100,000 to develop the solution into an expanded implementation plan at scale. P2T seeks innovative and bold solutions that are research-informed, implementable, and drive measurable outcomes, with a presumption of high expectations for all students. Solutions can effect change across the spectrum — from early childhood education to career readiness and anything in between – accelerated by input from a broad range of entrepreneurs, educators, parents, students, business leaders, advocates and researchers.

 

In the first stage of the selection process, P2T will select a certain number of proposals to receive $15,000 apiece for use in developing high quality implementation plans. The Innovation Award of $100,000 will be given to the top proposal with the most innovative and impactful plan for improving education. The deadline for submissions – with nothing more than a 3-page proposal required – is August 31st.

 

Detailed information regarding proposals, including required components, submission instructions, webinars walking through the process, evaluation criteria and timelines, is included at www.p2tomorrow.org.

 

P2T – backed by respected local and national voices and more than 50 partners in education, business, and innovation – bridges the gap between seasoned education leaders and those who have promising ideas but limited policymaking experience by elevating forward-thinking solutions for implementation across the country.

 

“Across the country, we hear about the pressing need for fresh ideas in an evolving education landscape,” said Hanna Skandera, former Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico and P2T founder. “We believe these incentives can help bring agile and locally responsive solutions to the forefront.”

 

Potential topics for proposals may include, but are not limited to, new delivery systems in K-12 knowledge; alternative higher education pathways for workforce training; optimizing technology use in K-12; higher education debt relief, and much more.

 

Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of the GSV Acceleration Fund, said, “The wheels are in motion to make lasting change in education to give all people equal access to the future.  Now is the time to bring forward even more ideas to help us disrupt the status quo and see faster results. P2T provides this opportunity.”

 

Bill Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Strada Education Network agrees. “We are in a critical moment to strengthen the pathways between education and employment.  Pathway 2 Tomorrow has successfully brought together a broad coalition of entities and organizations committed to discovering solutions to these challenges.”

 

P2T will support selected proposals for creation of implementation plans at scale and develop a toolkit of solutions for state and local policy leaders. In a second phase, P2T will help local leaders build coalitions around shared policy priorities and intentional outcomes, with implementation plans for impact.

 

For more information about the P2T initiative and its Call for Proposals, visit www.p2tomorrow.org.

EducationNext: Looking for Innovative Policy Solutions from Voices Not Always Heard

AUGUST 2, 2018

Education Next

This summer marked the launch of a new initiative called Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future aimed at producing a catalog of locally inspired policy proposals to meet the needs of state and local education leaders.

The centerpiece of the effort is an open call for proposals for innovative policy solutions that are tied to the needs of specific communities—but could be valuable to other communities around the nation. With less than a month remaining until the submission deadline, Education Next editor-in-chief Martin West sat down with P2T’s leader, former New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, to discuss the initiative’s origins, its aspirations, and what makes it unique.

Martin West: There’s been a lot of talk of late about the fact that the broad political consensus around an education reform agenda centered on principles of standards, accountability, and choice that prevailed for much of the past several decades has broken down in recent years. Do you agree with that analysis? And, if so, in what sense is P2T a response to this development?

Hanna Skandera: No, I don’t think it’s broken down, but I do think we must recognize that the ed reform space is evolving. Standards, accountability and choice are pivotal pieces of the foundation—they are absolutely necessary, but not sufficient on their own. It is time to build on that foundation and cast a forward-looking vision that is responsive to local and regional needs, which was the impetus for Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future. For example, we have to recognize we have a long way to go when it comes creating 21st century educational models that are more responsive to individual student needs and simultaneously more responsive to workforce and economic needs.

MW: You haven’t been just an observer of education reform in recent decades; you’ve been a participant, most recently as the state chief in New Mexico. How has your experience there and in prior roles informed this new effort?

HS: Too often we framed the foundational pieces—accountability, high standards, and choice—as everything. As I mentioned before, they are absolutely necessary, but they cannot be the end point. Once these foundations are in place, we must build upon them. It’s time now to build, and as we do, we must be more responsive to local needs, more innovative, and more inclusive in our approach.

MW: The P2T initiative is starting with an open call for proposals. The end goal is a catalog of ideas that education leaders around the country can and will draw upon to fulfill the commitments they’ve made to the communities they serve. What comes in between? What is the process by which initial proposals will be vetted, developed, and disseminated?

HS: The call for proposals aims to discover bold and innovative solutions to transform education outcomes. The initial call for proposals is designed to identify those ideas at a very high level and select the most promising ones to develop into more expansive policy papers. Some ideas may be completely outside the box while other may address basic challenges we’ve failed to create adequate solutions for to date.

The process to develop the policy papers may be unique to each selected solution, and P2T and its Partners will work to support the submitter in the development process as needed.

Once the final policy catalog is compiled, P2T will use a variety of channels to circulate the ideas for implementation, including local coalitions to inform strategic priorities and implementation plans, partner organizations to distribute aligned solutions in conferences or events, and publication of solutions in various mediums.

MW: Your website emphasizes that you want to receive proposals from “voices not always heard” in the conversation around education reform. Who exactly do you have in mind?

HS: We believe that great ideas are out there but that people with those ideas may not have had the time, means, or expertise to develop their ideas fully in a way that is well-positioned for implementation. We hope our process lowers that barrier to entry so anyone with a good idea can share it—teachers, parents, students, entrepreneurs, advocates—we want to hear all ideas that can help us impact students faster.

MW: What sorts of ideas are you hoping to receive? By what criteria will they be evaluated?

HS: We hope to receive ideas across the spectrum spanning K-12, higher education and early learning. We’ve highlighted some topic areas that many prospective governors are talking about, for example, career technical education, personalized learning, early college or college affordability, however, all ideas are eligible.

Proposals will be reviewed by a cross-professional group of peers (local educators, leaders, and advocates) and evaluated using 5 criteria: evidence of need, alignment with available research, innovativeness, feasibility of implementation, and expected outcomes/results. While we have specific criteria, I’d like to emphasize that the evaluative process values the promise of the idea, not the scholarly nature of the prose.

MW: OK, so let’s say I want to propose an idea. What exactly is required? How heavy is the lift? And what happens after I submit?

HS: The initial proposal, due August 31, is limited to 1 to 3 pages. We’re intentionally trying to reduce the barriers to participation so that we hear from all voices, especially those who don’t develop proposals frequently. We have a sample proposal available on our website to show the high-level overview of the solution.

After you submit, the review panel will select proposals for advancement. Those selected will work with P2T and its partners to develop more expansive policy paper including more details on the solution and what it would take to scale. The authors of those policy papers would receive a $15,000 stipend.

MW: You announced the initiative at the end of June. What kind of a response have you seen so far?

HS: The response so far has been great. We have well over 50 partner organizations and even more supporters who agree that we have a critical need for fresh ideas and support the P2T initiative. We’ve been encouraged by the various organizations and individuals who have reached out with questions and signaled they are preparing their proposals for submission. There really are some great ideas out there!

We have heard that some people are hesitant to submit because they don’t know how to write a policy paper and want to emphasize that we are looking for the promise of the idea, not the language with which it is presented. And if you’re looking for support to translate your idea into a policy paper, Whiteboard Advisors, a P2T Partner, is offering coaching for interested submitters, as well as a policy boot camp webinar on August 8th. More information on both of those opportunities is on our website.

MW: This sounds like an ambitious initiative. What would success look like? And how are you setting the effort up to succeed?

HS: It is ambitious—but we are taking on this ambitious initiative because our students have no time to waste. The extensive, broad base of partners and supporters is the backbone of this initiative. They signal the need for P2T and will support it in its future phases. The P2T team is intentionally lean, as we draw on the expertise of various partners to support the activities.

Success would be a robust catalog of solutions that are truly innovative, locally responsive, and scalable. Ultimately, we would like to see locally-driven coalitions work together to implement these solutions in a way that addresses their local and regional challenges and closes educational and economic gaps in their communities. P2T is a unique opportunity for states and communities to work together to create solutions that are locally inspired.

From The 74: Exclusive: Pathway 2 Tomorrow Issues Call for Innovative, Local Education Proposals, Seeks Solutions From ‘Voices Not Always Heard’

JUNE 28, 2018

Emmeline Zhao, The 74

 

An initiative launching today is issuing an open call for proposals to match community needs with innovative education policy solutions.

Led by former New Mexico secretary of education Hanna Skandera and education consultant Kristen Lozada Morgan, Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future “is an inclusive approach to education solutions and is interested in hearing from voices not always heard – those of educators, practitioners, parents, researchers, advocates, nonprofit and business leaders, and entrepreneurs.”

“What’s really unique about Pathway 2 Tomorrow is the local grounding,” Skandera told The 74. “It comes out of local voice and demands, and the way these ideas are shared in states and communities is through partners. People don’t go to a policy catalog to create their next policy agenda. They go to the places and the coalitions that they build at the local level and the people they trust.”

P2T has signed on nearly 50 bipartisan partners and even more supporters and advisers, ranging from school chiefs to political leaders. Among the partners are Teach for America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Data Quality Campaign, and the College Board.

Amid an evolving education landscape that is clamoring for solutions to prepare for the growing needs of an unknown future economy, coupled with new requirements for state-driven policy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, P2T launched as a response to the changing needs of state and local business, government, and education leaders.

“We know that in any given space, it’s a local decision more than ever based on our political space and ESSA. States are leading,” Skandera said. “So how do we really encourage and support in their leadership and ensure that they’re set up for success in their local environments and that we have ideas that are responsive to what they need? There’s no presumption at Pathway 2 Tomorrow that any individual or entity has all the right answers.”

From a legislative standpoint, there’s a critical need for coordination and cooperation across business and education to overcome workforce development and economic challenges, said Republican Indiana state Rep. Todd Huston.

“These solutions will require intentional consideration of, and alignment between, K-12 and higher education, and these complex challenges cannot be solved independently,” Huston said.

Through Aug. 31, P2T is accepting three-page idea proposals that can “effect change in education across the spectrum, from early childhood education to career readiness and anything in between.” Submissions will go through a review process, and selected finalists will receive $15,000 to execute their proposals. P2T will also curate chosen proposals and policy papers into a solutions catalog for state and local leaders.

“With ESSA and all the incredible stakeholder engagement that states did, we saw a lot of local ideas and suggestions in a way we hadn’t seen in the past,” said Carissa Miller, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a P2T partner. “Those conversations haven’t ended, but this is another opportunity for sharing and cultivating good ideas to help build a more robust system. Being open to local innovation so we can provide equitable opportunities and increase equity in our schools is the reason we do all of these things.”

And, for the first time since No Child Left Behind, when education governance was stronger at the federal level, states no longer have a cohesive vision to work toward — and in the absence of that vision, the country has started to drift apart, said Derrell Bradford, executive vice president of 50CAN, also a P2T partner. Bradford and his group don’t believe in centrally organized policies at the federal level, instead favoring a “locally led, nationally supported” system in which leaders can work together while serving the very disparate needs of each individual community.

“In the Obama-Duncan NCLB era, we at least had a set of common principles. People didn’t agree with all of them, but people at least agreed upon them, and they mainly kept us together,” Bradford said. “The absence of anything coherent like that right now has fractured the landscape so incredibly that we might not recover from it. The idea of going to the states and trying to build these landing pads of ideas that are state-manufactured, sourced locally, and unique to the context of individual states, I hope, will start bringing people who were allies when we had a playbook back together again.”