EDIS Update 02.08.17
Dear EIMAC Members, Partners and Friends,
Winter CIO Network + Future Ready + Financial Transparency Meeting
The 2017 Winter CIO Network Meeting is convening in Washington, DC this week. This year's meeting will focus on supporting implementation of systems and technology to support state ESSA plans, thinking strategically about the use of data and technology in digital learning plans, and advancing collaborative work. The CIOs will have an opportunity to meet with staff from CCSSO's Action Networks, folks from FCC and USAC, and have a strategy session with CoSN. Also, the CIOs will develop a plan for the 2017 EIMAC workgroups.
In addition to the CIO Network, CCSSO and partners organizations are convening two groups as part of the CIO meeting.
First, there is a Future Ready pre-session "Leveraging ESSA to Advance Digital Learning Strategies" that will provide state teams the opportunity to engage in activities, intra-state sharing and in-depth discussion to develop an action plan for digital learning using the Future Ready Planning tools.
Second, the Financial Transparency working group facilitated by the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center will join the CIOs for the morning on Thursday and then as an individual group in the afternoon explore the financial transparency reporting requirement outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
We look forward to the busy and productive week and will share outcomes from the meeting with the full EIMAC network in a Deep Dive in 45 webinar soon.
Secretary of Education
The Senate yesterday voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. As expected, two HELP Committee members, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME), voted against this nomination, bringing the Senate to a tie and requiring Vice President Mike Pence's first vote as President of the Senate to bring the final vote to 51-50.
Final ESSA Regulations
You may have seen that the Trump Administration "hit pause" on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability regulations on Friday. By executive order, the Administration delayed for up to 60 days the implementation of any Obama administration regulations that haven't yet taken effect.
This procedural move was widely expected as the new Administration transitions into office, and it should not cause states undue delays in ESSA implementation. At then-Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) confirmation hearing, the following exchange with Chairman Alexander sought to reassure states working to finalize and submit ESSA plans:
Chairman Alexander asked DeVos about state ESSA plans and whether it is her intention to continue on the schedule the current administration has set for approving plans? DeVos answered: "Absolutely, Senator, and if there is any confusion or questions around the transition, rest assured it will be high-priority if confirmed for me to ensure that the plan is adhered to and that the law is implemented, as you all intended."
That is all to say: keep doing what you are doing to help states around ESSA!
CCSSO and the Aspen Institute Release Commitments for Advancing Educational Equity in States
The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs, a series of commitments to help state education chiefs take action to achieve educational equity in their states. more
CCSSO Announces Innovating ESSA Educator Engagement Grants for States
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is pleased to announce that CCSSO is offering states an Innovating ESSA Educator Engagement Grant opportunity designed to increase the state’s capacity and efforts to meaningfully engage with educators around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). more
Advocacy in Action
CCSSO Issues Statement on U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation
Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), issued the following statement. more
EducationSuperHighway Releases 2016 State of the States Report
EducationSuperHighway launched the 2016 State of the States report about K-12 broadband in our nation more
Department of Education Announces New Grant fo Innovative Practices
The U.S. Department of Education announces a new evidence-based grant program to support innovative practices that serve high need students in K-12 education, and to support the expansion of those practices supported by evidence of effectiveness more
Events & Resources
Upcoming CCSSO Meetings
February 8-10, 2017: Winter CIO Network Meeting (Washington, DC)
May 24-26, 2017: Spring EIMAC Workgroup Meeting (Phoenix, AZ)
February 14 @ 12:00 EST: Deep Dive in 45 #7: Winter CIO Network Meeting Debrief
February 9 @ 2:00pm EST: SETDA - Selecting Quality Instructional Materials for Learning Webinar
February 21 @ 12:00pm EST: Deep Dive in 45 #8: Personalized Student Outcomes - A Watson-Based Instructional Improvement System at Work in Texas
E-Rate CIO Memo -- This resource was developed by the E-Rate Workgroup to provide guidance to CIOs on how to maximize the E-Rate program and the role of the E-Rate State Coordinator. It will to be formally released this Friday at the CIO Network Meeting, but is available online now with a CC-BY license