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AREL Invites You to the National Release of the George W. Bush Institute's Operating in the Dark

February 4, 2013 5 minute Read by Kerry Ann Moll

AREL Invites You to the National Release of the George W. Bush Institute's Operating in the Dark

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Coffee & light breakfast at 9:30 a.m.)

Thomas B. Fordham Institute 1016 16th Street NW, 7th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 (or nationwide via webcast – see details below)

To RSVP, email your name, job title, and organization to AREL Program Coordinator, Patrick Kobler at pkobler@bushcenter.org.

For our supporters who cannot make the panel in person: this event will be webcast live nationwide.  There is no need to sign up for the webcast – simply click here as the event begins at 10:00 am, and click on the event link provided. Members of the webcast audience who would like to submit questions during the event can email them to questions@edexcellence.net. You may also follow the event live and let your voice be heard by using #IntheDark on Twitter.  Use this hashtag in the coming weeks to join in the conversation on our states’ roles in recruiting, preparing, licensing and granting tenure to our nation’s principals

About Operating in the Dark We are excited to announce the George W. Bush Institute will be releasing the Alliance for Education Reform's (AREL) inaugural policy report Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership, on February 5, 2013.  Operating in the Dark is a first-of-its-kind compilation of state-reported data on how the 50 states and the District of Columbia are using their authority to increase the supply of high-quality principals. Research shows the United States faces a shortage of high-quality school leaders at a time when it is more apparent than ever that principals are key to attracting and retaining teacher talent and driving the improvement of student learning.  Through AREL’s new report, we intend to shed light on where states are “operating in the dark” concerning their approach to principal preparation, licensure and data collection and determine action-orientated solutions intended to boost student achievement.  The Bush Institute believes that every child deserves a great principal and AREL’s first report will look at the states’ roles in making this mission a reality. Underscoring the importance of school leadership, the Bush Institute is partnering with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and America Achieves for the national release of AREL’s report to host

Operating in the Dark – an important discussion about our states’ role in increasing the supply of high-quality school principals and monitoring their effectiveness.  The event will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C. A full list of panelists and presenters, including the Bush Institute’s Education Reform Advisory Council Member and Florida State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Tony Bennett, can be found here. I would like to personally invite you to attend this event.  If you are in the D.C. area on February 5 and would like to attend, please RSVP to AREL Program Coordinator, Patrick Kobler by emailing pkobler@bushcenter.org.   Seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to attend. I would also like to invite those who are unable to join us in Washington, D.C. to partake in the event via webcast.  To do so, please log on here at 10:00 a.m. on February 5 and please share this link with your friends and colleagues.  You may also join the conversation and give your opinions on our states’ role in improving school leadership via Twitter by using #IntheDark. Also on February 5, AREL will be launching its Operating in the Dark website.  On this website you can see if your state is “operating in the dark” or is showing promising efforts, through an interactive map and will have access to AREL’s full report and executive summary. I hope you are able to be a part of this launch.

This blog was written by Dr. Kerry Moll, Director for The Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) at the George W. Bush Institute. You can follow her on Twitter @KerryAnnMoll.

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