Melissa Mellor

Upcoming Special Edition Whole Child Podcast: Understanding the Education Stimulus Package

Edited April 16, 2009: The special edition Whole Child Podcast on the education stimulus package is ready for download at

Tomorrow, tune in to our special edition Whole Child Podcast on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus package. The podcast episode will outline the stimulus plan for education and describe how the $100 billion allocated for education programs can be used for school improvement activities, including capacity-building professional development.

  • David Griffith, ASCD director of public policy, will explain the time line and intent for how the education stimulus dollars are being allocated. He'll describe how the money can be used to not only save teachers' jobs and keep class sizes down, but also to improve standards and assessments, enhance data systems, increase teacher effectiveness, and turn around low-performing schools.
  • Ann Cunningham-Morris, ASCD director of professional development, will describe what capacity-building professional development is and how it can be implemented. She'll also explain how such professional development is critical to school improvement and its sustainability, which makes it an appropriate use of the education stimulus dollars.

This podcast episode is one of many free resources related to the stimulus package that we're putting together for educators. Listen to the podcast to learn about our other resources, and visit our Education Stimulus Resource Web page for more information.

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