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ARRA Dialogue Series
Building Coherence Across ARRA Funds

With more information and federal funding opportunities available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states are seeking support and guidance to help them best respond to those opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been actively providing outreach efforts and has participated in various opportunities to support states' ARRA needs.

On November 19, 2009, three regional comprehensive assistance centers and two regional educational laboratories (REL) collaborated with ED and invited their 14 states to a one-day meeting "Building Coherence Across ARRA Funds" in Rosemont, Illinois. The collaborating partners included the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center, Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center, and REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates, as well as the North Central Comprehensive Center and REL Central at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. Together, these centers serve the states of: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The forum provided a timely opportunity for senior officials from ED and state education agency (SEA) staff to engage in discussions on ARRA funds. The participants reviewed the status and details concerning grants such as Race to the Top, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Phase Two, Title I School Improvement Grants, and the Investing in Innovation Fund. The presenters from ED provided the latest information and guidance from ED and explained the details of current public notices and use of funds guidance. They also engaged the participants in discussions about building coherence among all ARRA funding streams, in a question-and-answer session to help SEAs plan across ARRA funds, and also in strategic planning for ARRA reform priorities.

In response to an online survey, 50 percent of the respondents said that they most valued learning about “the bigger picture” and the “coherence piece.”

Following you will find materials from this event, including the agenda, PowerPoint presentations from ED, and templates that the participants used to focus on ARRA.  We hope you find these resources useful.
 
ARRA Opportunities Session

The following PowerPoint presentation was used throughout the ARRA Opportunities session. Please note that under each topic the corresponding slides are noted. 
U.S. Department of Education PowerPoint Presentation

The Big Picture

Maura Policelli, Senior Advisor for External Affairs
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 2-12
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts


State Fiscal Stabilization Fund II
Jessica McKinney, Education Program Specialist
Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Group,
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 13-20
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts



Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Funds
Tate Gould, Senior Program Officer for the State Longitudinal
Data System Grant Program, Institute of Education Sciences
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 21-24
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts

Clarifications and Review of Previous Sessions
Maura Policelli, Senior Advisor for External Affairs
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 25-30
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts


Title I School Improvement Grant Funds
Zollie Stevenson, Director of Student Achievement and School
Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 31-37
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts


Questions and Answers
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts

Thinking Strategically for Coherence
Maura Policelli, Senior Advisor for External Affairs
Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education
Trish Brennan-Gac, Learning Point Associates
PowerPoint Presentation Slides: 38-43
Audio Clip
Audio Transcripts

ARRA Reform Priorities (Breakout Sessions)

Data Systems
Tate Gould, Senior Program Officer for the State Longitudinal
Data System Grant Program, Institute of Education Sciences
Matt Dawson, Chief Program Officer for REL Midwest
Statewide Longitudinal Data System Grant Program PowerPoint

Struggling Schools
Zollie Stevenson, Director of Student Achievement and School
Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jennifer Scala, National High School Center
School Improvement Grants PowerPoint

Additional Materials:
Agenda
ARRA Discussion Worksheet for the States
Race To The Top Program - Preamble and Major Changes
Timetable for Distribution of ARRA Funds
State Team Report Out Summary
Post-Event Evaluation Summary
Notetaking Template for the ARRA Priority Session
Notetaking Template for the State Sessions