4. New rules, new growth
John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning

The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for schools and libraries who receive E-rate funding support. New rules—and more funding—will help bring faster internet speeds to almost every classroom and library in America. Because of the many changes to the E-rate program, applicants will be faced with new forms, new calculations, and a host of new reporting requirements—but these changes are designed to deliver an E-rate program that is better tuned to the needs of students and library patrons. We expect to see as much money committed for Wi-Fi connections in 2015 as was committed in total in the five years prior. In short, 2015 will be a year of change. Those changes will require learning new rules and new ways of doing things, but in the end we expect to see a more effective E-rate program helping to further the cause of internet access in our country’s schools and library buildings.

5. From political to practical    
Melinda George, President, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

We are entering the year of supporting good teaching for deeper learning. The conversation will shift from one that is political in nature to one that is truly about the conditions that need to be in place to support teaching so that all students have the opportunity to learn in a way that prepares them for college and career readiness. NCTAF and its partners will play a pivotal role in sharing case studies and highlighting the “how to” for schools and districts around the country. The key to success will be found through an open and collaborative dialogue. This year, look for a renewed focus on how to support teachers, as well as practical ways to improve learning for all students.

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