Partnership is a Two-Way Street: What It Takes for Business to Help Drive School Reform

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 1:00pm
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One of the core missions of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce is to help our members in their efforts to become effective advocates for education. As such, one of the most common questions we receive is, “What does it look like to do education reform right as a corporation/business association?” In response, ICW has commissioned a new report—Partnership is a Two-Way Street: What It Takes for Business to Help Drive School Reform—in which we follow three examples of business leaders successfully driving educational improvement efforts.

The new report delves into the efforts undertaken by the Austin (TX) Chamber of Commerce in the development of their 20,010 by 2010 initiative, the Ford Motor Company Fund’s involvement in reimagining Nashville (TN) Public Schools with their Next Generation Learning program, and the role the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education played in their state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Though each took a very different approach to changing the status quo, there were many common themes and lessons learned among the initiatives.

On June 8th, the authors of the report—Frederick Hess and Whitney Downs of the American Enterprise Institute—discussed what they found when they interviewed the leaders of education reform efforts in Austin, Nashville, and Massachusetts.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT


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Speakers included:

  • Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Whitney Downs, research assistant, education policy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Domenic Giandomenico, director of education and workforce programs, Institute for a Competitive Workforce