Stephen Bowen to Join CCSSO Team as Director of Innovation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Stephen Bowen will join CCSSO to lead the organization’s work on innovation. Bowen will leave his post as Commissioner of Education in Maine and join as the Strategic Initiative Director for Innovation at CCSSO formally in September. In this role he will direct work in emerging innovative practices in education, including digital learning, competency based learning, and open educational resources.


Idaho Deputy Carissa Miller Joins CCSSO as Deputy Executive Director

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that Carissa Miller is named deputy executive director overseeing CCSSO’s membership program, federal advocacy activities, and research service. Carissa will start in this position in February of 2013.


CCSSO Announces New Executive Director

Chris Minnich has been named Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The decision follows a nationwide search by CCSSO Board of Directors to find a successor for Gene Wilhoit, after he announced his plans to retire in June.


Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO Executive Director Announces Retirement

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that executive director Gene Wilhoit will retire. The CCSSO board of directors has begun a national search for a successor. Wilhoit plans to remain at CCSSO until a new executive director assumes the post.


CA Teacher Named 2012 National Teacher of the Year

April 23, 2012, Washington, DC – The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher in California is the 62nd National Teacher of the Year. Mieliwocki, along with all 2012 State Teachers of the Year will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 24.


Announcing $12M in available grants: Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave 3

NGLC’s Wave IIIa, Breakthrough Models for College Readiness, will seek new, technology-enabled, whole school solutions that aim to radically improve student performance across grades 6-12. Applicants would be eligible for $150,000 pre-launch planning grants and up to $300,000 in one-to-one matching funds.


Four State Leadership Teams Receive $50,000 Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of state legislators, state education officials, governors’ policy advisors and statewide afterschool network directors in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington each received $50,000 competitive grants to support student success by effectively integrating expanded learning opportunities into state education systems. The grants are awarded through the Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative, sponsored by the C.S. Mott Foundation. The grants will support each state’s plan to develop, adopt, and implement state policies that integrate expanded learning opportunities—such as afterschool, summer learning, and extended day and year programs—into state education systems.


CCSSO Releases Policy Brief on Common Core State Standards Implementation Through Expanded Learning Opportunities

CCSSO announces the release of a new policy brief entitled "Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success."


CCSSO Participates in a First Five Years Fund Panel on the Foundation of Education: Early Learning in ESEA Reauthorization

The First Five Years Fund sponsored a discussion on the Foundation of Education: Early Learning in ESEA Reauthorization on Friday, April 8 which featured CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit.


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