Voices Action Ideas Vision

Proposed Solutions
1. Develop a menu of strategies to facilitate teacher collegiality and cooperation.
2. Develop and distribute a comprehensive description of what it means to be a professional educator.
3. Support evidence-based instructional practice recommendations that incorporate student collaboration.
4. Provide teachers with increased common planning time for collaboration.
Proposed Solutions
5. Allow children to show they have mastered standards and move on to more difficult and/or complex concepts
as they are ready.
6. Encourage and support schools to create partnerships between nearby schools of other levels (elementary,
middle, high and college).
7. Assess students individually in each content area.
8. Enhance integration of technology into instruction.
Proposed Solutions
9. Cap class size at 25 students to allow for more individualized instruction for all students.
10. Implement a block schedule for extended school days in secondary education.
11. Extend the school year from 180 days to 210 days.
12. Compensate staff for increased number of work days and hours.
13. Extend the 6 ½ hour school day for elementary and secondary schools by up to 90 minutes.
14. Allocate a block of remedial tutoring time for students in need of extra help and enrichment activities for those
who are doing well.
15. Revise promotion policies so that students must pass four out of four core subjects, providing opportunity to
make up unsuccessful coursework.
Proposed Solutions
16. Align start times to be research-based and age appropriate to support students’ biological and academic needs.
17. Move traditional after-school activities to before school.
18. Give local school districts the autonomy to set school and activity hours.
Proposed Solutions
19. Explore revenue neutral options schools have to support increased time in school.
20. Explore various options that would require increased revenue to extend time in school.
21. Pursue alternative revenue options to support extended time in school.
Proposed Solutions
22. Give teachers, families and districts that are directly affected by funding changes related to time in school a
specific and potentially strong voice on committees or decision-making bodies.
23. In cases where civil rights and lack of equity for all students are issues, develop federal policies to support
Proposed Solutions
24. Create a national media campaign to educate the public on the need to reform our school calendar.
25. At the local school level, involve the PTA or a core group of parents to disseminate information and influence
parental and community support.
26. Empower a core group of student leaders to integrate student voice.
27. Place teachers and our unions in the driver’s seat of this initiative.
Source: National Association for Year-Round Education
Balanced Calendar
Traditional Calendar
Spring Break
5 Days Off
Days Learn
Days Off
Spring Break
Days Off
Days Learn
15 Days Off
Days Learn
Days Learn
Winter Break
Summer Break
Summer Break
Days Learn
Days Learn
15 15
Days Days Days Learn
Off Learn
Fall Break
15 Days Off
10 Days Off
Thanksgiving Break
3 Days Off
Winter Break
Thanksgiving Break
3 Days Off
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High School is Not Forever
The Win-Win Classroom, Info Northeast, Between the Lines,
JILL BASS taught in the Chicago and New York City public
schools for 14 years. She has a master’s in instructional leadership
from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has been a
professional developer, curriculum writer, educational consultant,
and instructional coach. She is currently director of the Mikva
Challenge’s National Center for Action Civics, overseeing curriculum
development and teacher training.
JEAN-CLAUDE BRIZARD is currently a senior adviser at the
College Board, focusing on developing the organization’s career
readiness initiative. He is the former chief executive of Chicago
Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was
superintendent of schools for the Rochester City School District
in New York.
ANNA BURGER is a long-time strategist who was an advanced
leadership fellow at Harvard University and served on President
Obama’s Economic Recovery Board. She was chair of Change to
Win and the first woman to head an American labor federation. In
2010, Burger retired as secretary-treasurer of SEIU, the nation’s
fastest growing union, where she had served since 2001. Burger
was named one of Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Most Powerful
Women in 2006 and 2009.
TOM COSGROVE (Ex officio), co-founder of New Voice Strategies,
brings strong experience as a message and communications
strategist to our work. He has designed and implemented successful
communications and grassroots campaigns for more than three
decades, as an environmental activist, campaign manager, political
media consultant, and adviser to businesses and nonprofits.
ELIZABETH EVANS (Ex officio) is the founding CEO of
New Voice Strategies. She has more than 25 years of professional
experience in community-based organizing and policy advocacy,
strategic communications, law, and policy. She is a recognized
national leader for building unconventional alliances and bringing
innovative approaches to solving difficult policy problems. For the
last 12 years, she has focused on education policy. Previously, she
spent 10 years as a courtroom litigator for the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission.
JOHN HUSSEY is chief strategy officer at Battelle for Kids. He
provides organizational and strategic oversight for the organization’s
clients in the areas of innovation, technology, communications,
development, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Battelle for
Kids, John enjoyed a 30-year career in education and technology.
He previously served as the regional manager for SchoolNet, Inc.,
helping create web-based products to help teachers access student
data and curricular standards via the Internet for use in instructional
planning. He was also a middle school science teacher and
technology coordinator in several Ohio school districts.
KIPLUND “KIP” KOLKMEIER is of counsel to the Political
Law and Government Relations practice groups of Perkins, Coie,
LLC & Kolkmeier Consulting. His legal practice focuses on state
legislative lobbying in Illinois, corporate and governmental ethics
issues, administrative rulemaking and executive agency lobbying,
PAC management, state and federal campaign finance issues, and
association management. He previously was a partner at the law
firms of Sidley & Austin, Altheimer & Gray, and Wildman, Harrold,
Allen & Dixon.
ASHLEY WARLICK has been a public school teacher for more
than 12 years. For eight of those years, she taught elementary
school in the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. She
has expertise in teaching students with special needs, and brings a
strong interest in the arts to her work. Ashley
recently accepted a position teaching abroad
at the American Overseas School in Rome.
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