K –12 Education: Counting Down to 2014

2012 Mar 29
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It’s many, many months until the school bell rings for the start of the 2014–15 school year, but education advocates in Washington D.C., Illinois and across the country are already getting ready.

Recently, Education Sector, an independent education policy think tank, held a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards. The Standards will lead to new K–12 academic standards and assessments for the 2014 school year.

The education world and some policymakers know about the changes but not enough people outside of these arenas are up-to-speed. That lack of knowledge and the need for better communication and messaging were all part of the discussion that included Robin Steans, Executive Director at Advance Illinois; Joel Vargas, Vice President at Jobs for the Future; and Michael Cohen, President at Achieve.

The panel members agreed that policymakers can’t wait for more money to arrive in order to reform schools and get ready for 2014—there is just no more money coming down the line. Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction at Idaho State Department of Education, pointed out that last year 30 states passed education reform bills and were able to make changes even without extra dollars.

In terms of current resources, Allan Odden, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, stated that right now half of all federal block grant dollars intended for teacher observation and tutoring don’t end up going to those programs in the states. He believes something needs to be done to ensure dollars are flowing were they are meant to go.

Back-to-school 2014 will bring about some of the biggest changes in education since No Child Left Behind, at least in the 46 states and the District of Columbia as they have all adopted the new Standards. The clock is ticking.

Adam Shapiro, Vice President

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Rush University Medical Center opens new hospital building

2012 Jan 9
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At Lipman Hearne, we take great pride in helping our clients accomplish great things. That’s why we’re very excited by the recent opening of Rush University Medical Center’s new 14-story hospital building, located at Ashland Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago, IL.  Lipman Hearne developed the new building’s $300 million fundraising campaign theme, “It’s [...]

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The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington supports giving to small non-profits all year long

2011 Dec 29
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Throughout the holiday season, giving is top of mind and charitable contributions to large non-profit organizations are at their peak. Despite this upsurge in generosity, many smaller organizations are often overlooked because they can’t afford to make their voices heard. With their newly released 2012 edition, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is again providing [...]

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2011 Education Mission update: Support for local classroom projects

2011 Dec 6
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Throughout this year, our team here at Lipman Hearne has participated in activities in support of Lipman Hearne’s 2011 mission to contribute to education-based causes. We ran a 5K, cleaned up a school yard, and even painted a nutrition pyramid on a classroom wall. Inspired by the ongoing efforts of teachers in the communities surrounding [...]

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2011 Education Mission update: Chicago staffers run with “Heart + Sole”

2011 Nov 9
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To help fulfill Lipman Hearne’s 2011 mission to contribute to education-based causes, Rob Moore, Alexia Koelling, Tom Dahl, Elizabeth Weidenaar, Katie Greer, Jennifer Pollack, Ali Ferrell and Saraheva Monroe, from the Lipman Hearne Chicago office, participated in the 2011 Carrera de los Muertos.  An annual 5K event through Chicago’s historic Pilsen and University Village neighborhoods, [...]

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2011 Education Mission: 9/11 Day of Service

2011 Sep 19
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On September 11, staff from our DC office—Jim Healy, Eric Bailey, Shellie Byrum, Meghan Snyder, Megan Cotton, and  Jennifer Dusenberry—volunteered at Burrville Elementary School during an annual 9/11 Day of Service event. We partnered with HandsOn Greater DC Cares, the event organizer, and served as a way to honor those touched by the 9/11 attacks. [...]

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Brand and the Bottom Line

2011 Sep 13
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Branding is not an abstract science, disconnected from the underlying business realities of academic institutions.  Ask Coke what their brand is worth, or Apple, or Four Seasons:  in all cases, a strong and well-focused brand causes consumers to value a product or service more and, therefore, pay more for it. This is also true in [...]

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Support for U.S. Marines in Afghanistan

2011 Aug 31
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We’ve always considered ourselves lucky to be able to partner with so many visionary people and organizations. And we’ve learned that the best way to honor their work is to provide them with the support they need to do the task at hand. That’s why we responded so quickly when a friend of ours asked [...]

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Lipman Hearne 2011 Education Mission: Hands On DC Work-a-thon

2011 May 12
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On April 30, Megan Cotten and I volunteered at Hands On DC for their annual Work-a-thon. Hands On DC is a DC nonprofit that organizes projects to make physical improvements to DC-area schools. Below are pictures from our work at Raymond Elementary. Megan and I showed off our art skills by painting a food pyramid [...]

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The Cost/Benefit of Higher Education

2011 Apr 14
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The results are indisputable.  In the first quarter of 2011, the U.S. economy added 521,000 jobs for people who hold college degrees.  At the same time, the country’s economy lost 318,000 jobs for people without college degrees.  It couldn’t be more clear: Our economy is built for people with a college education, not for those [...]

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