State policymakers and business leaders know our nation cannot remain a first-rate economic power with a second-rate education system. Under the leadership of our chair, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and our Executive Committee, ECS is committed to being a force for change and improvement of public education at all levels. We track education policy trends, translate research, provide counsel and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another. Our particular areas of focus in 2011-13 are: aligning the early learning, K-12, and postsecondary education systems; benchmarking to international standards; school-level leadership; longitudinal data systems; and aligning education with workforce and economic development needs.
We believe that systematic changes in education are possible only when the business community and education stakeholders are actively involved in policy development and implementation. The support of the business community is critical to strengthening ECS’ ability to help states address the challenges of reform and restructuring in a systematic, strategic and collaborative way.
Join ECS, state policymakers, and education leaders as we create and promote strategies that will increase and improve educational opportunities for all Americans by becoming an ECS Corporate Partner.
Please contact ECS President Jeremy Anderson at 303.299.3624 for more information.
ECS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights, and disaster relief. In addition, the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2010, the entire GE family—including businesses, employees, retirees, and the GE Foundation—contributed more than $250 million in cash, products, and services to charitable organizations around the world. For more information, please visit www.gefoundation.com.
USA Funds® is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance student success in postsecondary education and following graduation. Established in 1960 to help families finance rising college costs, USA Funds has supported a total of $247 billion in financial aid for higher education and has served more than 22 million students and parents, as well as thousands of educational and financial institutions. USA Funds provides grants to support initiatives that improve student access to and success in higher education, and serves colleges and universities with a financial literacy and academic success curriculum for college students, debt management and default prevention consultation and support, training for financial aid administrators, and student aid policy compliance assistance. For more information, please visit www.usafunds.org.
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. We enable teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction so that students become more active, engaged learners. Our digital products are leading the way in data-driven instruction, breaking new ground in mobile learning and setting the standard for next-generation digital curriculum and assessment. And our professional services team, with years of classroom experience, helps schools implement our digital solutions to meet their local conditions. For more information, please visit www.amplify.com.
T&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2012, more than $131 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. For more information, please visit www.att.com.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. The Company’s mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. Through its Everest, WyoTech and Heald campuses, Corinthian offers diploma and associate degree programs in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including healthcare, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. For more information, please visit www.cci.edu.
For years Farmers Insurance has been giving back to the education community with our free, award-winning education programs, school and teacher grants, and support of national organizations like ECS. In an effort to take our commitment to educators to the next level, in September 2013 Farmers will launch our own education foundation: the University of Farmers Education Foundation (UFEF). And we want to launch UFEF in a big way! So we are setting out to thank a million teachers (TAMT) for everything they’ve done. We can all name a teacher or two who had an influence on our life and what better way to launch an education foundation than to pay tribute to these extraordinary people. We want to walk the talk of thanking teachers, too. That’s why we are committing to give $1,000,000 to teachers and schools across the country within a year’s time. For more information, please visit www.farmersinsurance.com.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter school sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation. To accomplish this mission, NACSA works to improve the policies and practices of authorizers—the organizations designated to approve, monitor, renew, and, if necessary, close charter schools. NACSA provides training, consulting, and policy guidance to authorizers. It also advocates for laws and policies that raise the bar for excellence among authorizers and the schools they charter. In late 2012, NACSA launched its One Million Lives campaign to give one million more children the opportunity to attend a great school. For more information, please visit www.qualitycharters.org.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services to learners of all ages around the globe. For more information, please visit www.pearsoned.com.
State Farm Foundation
The State Farm® mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. We achieve our mission through the products and services we offer, as well as through our involvement in and commitment to the community. We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to improve the quality of life in the communities where our associates live and work. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com.
The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of energy management, education, and healthcare. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org or follow @VerizonGiving.
Burns & McDonnell has provided engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions, but our vision—since our founding in 1898—has always been to improve the quality of life. We focus on work that matters, every day. From reliable power to clean water, safe transportation to efficient manufacturing, our mission is to make our clients successful. As a 100% employee-owned firm, we envision our future and seek to support inspiration and ingenuity. Our foundation’s guiding principles emphasize the importance of investing in STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and math. For more information, please visit www.burnsmcd.com.
The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
Gilmore & Bell was established in 1979, and today is one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States. The firm specializes in public finance transactions for governmental and non-profit entities, including numerous educational institutions, serving as bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel in a wide variety of tax-exempt financings and providing tax and arbitrage rebate services in connection with tax-exempt financings. Gilmore & Bell has 51 attorneys and five offices, located in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, Wichita, Kansas and Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. The firm’s attorneys have varied and extensive experience in all aspects of public finance transactions, including planning, structuring and coordinating financings, drafting legal documents, appearing before public bodies and agencies, and consulting with issuers, borrowers and investment bankers on a wide array of public law matters. For more information, please visit www.gilmorebell.com.
The Lexile Framework for Reading/The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
MetaMetrics® is focused on improving education for students of all ages. The organization developed The Lexile® Framework for Reading and its companion scale, The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. The Lexile Framework provides a common scale for matching reader ability and text complexity, enabling teachers and parents to choose materials that can help to improve student reading skills, and monitoring progress towards state and national proficiency standards. The Quantile Framework provides a common scale for matching mathematical achievement and the complexity of mathematical skills and concepts. By using the Quantile Framework, teachers and parents are able to choose materials that can help to improve student mathematical understanding and to monitor progress towards state and national proficiency standards. For more information, please visit www.lexile.com and www.quantiles.com.
Measured Progress Measured Progress has worked with 30 states, hundreds of districts, thousands of teachers, and millions of students through assessment programs that go far beyond filling in the bubbles. At Measured Progress, assessment is more than just a score; it’s a roadmap that guides educators to adjust instruction and improve outcomes for students and teachers alike. It’s all about student learning. Period. For more information, please visit www.measuredprogress.org.
Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. For further information, go to PeabodyEnergy.com and CoalCanDoThat.com.
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of technology-based school improvement and student assessment programs for K-12 schools. Renaissance Learning’s tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance core curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing and math. Renaissance Learning products help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all levels. As a result, teachers using Renaissance Learning products accelerate learning, get more satisfaction from teaching, and help students achieve higher test scores on state and national tests. Please visit us at www.renlearn.com.
Partners in Education
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.
Maxine Clark and Robert Fox Foundation
Maxine Clark and Bob Fox are entrepreneurs and community citizens with a wide reach in education, health care, and immigration reform, all with a focus on improving the economic outcomes for the metropolitan St. Louis region and the State of Missouri. Ms. Clark is the Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop and has led that company’s foundation to support families through health and wellness and literacy initiatives that focus on children and families throughout the United States.