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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces opening of the Race to the Top Best Practices Center

Press Release:

Wilmington--Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Delaware Business Roundtable has formed an alliance with the Delaware PTA and the Delaware Education Association: R*A*C*E TO THE T*O*P Winners Best Practices Center™ . Fresh from their top spot in the U. S. Department of Education's Race to the Top second round competition, leaders from the three organizations are committed to sharing the strategies that made them winners.

An announcement from the Delaware Education Association stated, "With seed money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the helping hand of the Delaware Business Roundtable we figured out how to get a seat at the table in Washington D. C. We are committed to helping likeminded people around the country join us in the feast at that same table."

Operating from a trailer in the parking lot of Delaware Business Roundtable headquarters at 1201 Orange Street in Wilmington, R*A*C*E TO THE T*O*P Best Practices Center™ gave a preview of the first offering of their new outreach program.

R*A*C*E TO THE T*O*P Winners Best Practices Center™ Grant Writing Training and Emergency Enforcement Management

We have won. You can too!

R*A*C*E TO THE T*O*P Winners Best Practices Center™ has a staff of top-notch instructors with professional experience, demonstrated credentials, and a proven winning track record in the area of securing Gates Foundation help in writing grants Arne Duncan will fund.

It takes RRRR to get to RTTT. Only serious candidates with a commitment to Rigor, Resolution, Relentlessness, and Rapaciousness need apply.

The 13-day course will offer workshops in Data Delivery, Standards Enforcement, Emergency Response Parameters, Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence and Violence Containment. It provides a solid grounding in the processes, methods, and products needed for a successful Round Three application and post prize applications.

Attendees are provided with an understanding of the following practical parameters to succeeding in Round Three

  • Digital Awareness, Mapping, Charting, Managing, Enforcing

  • Data Determination and Delivery

  • Situational Awareness Obfuscation

  • Risk Office Operations

  • Enterprise Continuity

  • Technology Planning

  • Enforcement

  • Disaster Containment First Response

  • All participants will receive a Race Agent Techniques (RAT) handbook.

    All participants will receive Data desiderium universitatis T-Shirts.

    Data is the desire of the universe.

    This courses is eligible for "63 for 1" pricing. Train everybody at once and SAVE. Research from a joint study of Fordham Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Education shows that full benefits multiply with the training of 63 staff members in data compliance techniques.

    About this course

    Demystify Data. Instant feedback provides data everywhere at all times. This course will address management concerns and outline a Five-Step Management Process designed to positively impact the ability of Data Coaches to thrive, meet their mission and goals, and get the staff in line.

  • Case Studies: How Different Agencies Utilize Data

  • Case Studies of Effective Data Derivatives

  • Case Studies on Discipline, Motivating Employees, and Excessing those who don't get it

  • How to Grow Data in Your Organization

  • Safety Guidelines

  • Most Common Mistakes Made By Management

  • Common Resistant Tactics of Teachers

  • Checklist: Data Self-Evaluation for Employees

  • Checklist: Data Self-Evaluation for Managers

  • Checklist: Management Evaluation of Data Compliance

  • Leave this course with the following take-aways

  • The Subconscious Behavior Guide, a model that explains the impetus for disregarding data.

  • A list of culturally data sensitive interviewing questions to use in hiring, onboarding and team building.

  • Q & A of difficult questions and issues that arise in a workplace with experienced teachers.

  • Gap Analysis Assessments to measure your organization against state-of-the-art data standards.

  • Checklist to assess your workplace for data gaps

  • Checklist to forestall workers who insist on sticking to outmoded professional ethics guidelines

  • Checklist for Referring Employees to DRDR: Detecting and Remediating Data Resistance

  • Checklist to assure your organization's policies and design are data rich.

  • Best practices of the six top schools in the nation certified by Bill Gates for data compliance.

  • A supplementary follow-up course will be offered on Managing Workplace Data Violence

    Major Topics

  • The Data Delivery Violence Cycle: Warning Signs of Impending Violence

  • Is Your Workplace Data Toxic?

  • What to do Until Data Helps Arrives: Training Staff in Immediate Response Strategies

  • Avoid Negligent Hiring: Screen out Data Malcontents and High Risk Individuals

  • Managing Data Threat with Policy and Response Teams

  • Leave this course with the following take-aways:

  • Ten point guidance for handling potentially Data Toxic individuals

  • A primer to detect mental health disorders that take employees from "data difficult to dysfunctional"

  • Sample threat management and Data Respectful workplace policies

  • 4-color posters showing 14 Warning Signs of Impending Data Violence

  • An action plan for proactively preventing data violence in your workplace

  • To request a proposal and schedule training, contact the Delaware Business Roundtable, acting for and with Delaware PTA and Delaware Education Association.

    For groups larger than 16, we can provide training, wherever and whenever you need, including on-site at your facility.

    — Susan Ohanian



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