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Cross & Joftus helps clients better share information and best practices through the use of technology and in-person meetings and workshops. This exchange aims to educate decisionmakers on the costs and benefits of specific policies and programs and afford practitioners the resources they need to successfully raise student achievement. The Brokers Project, The Federalism Project, the Aspen Senior Education Congressional Staff Project, and the Education Commission of the States Project are examples of Cross & Joftus information exchange initiatives.

Online Learning Network
Cross & Joftus partnered with Mixrun, a technology consulting firm, to develop a cutting-edge tool that allows educators to share knowledge, tools, and resources for the purpose of improving teacher and student performance. Read more arrow

The Federalism Project
With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Cross & Joftus examined whether the federal education policymaking process fosters or impedes federal, state, and local capacity to improve education outcomes for children and youth. Our focus was on identifying opportunities for coordinating education equity programs so schools and communities can work together more effectively to meet children's education needs. Read more arrow

Aspen Senior Education Congressional Staff Project
For four years, Cross & Joftus has directed and facilitated the Aspen Institute's Senior Education Congressional Staff Network. The initiative affords senior congressional staff opportunities to understand the capacity of states and districts to carry out federal policy, explore the barriers facing states and districts, and discuss the solutions they believe will contribute to improved student learning. Through focused discussions with practitioners, state and local leaders, and researchers, as well as through school district site visits, congressional staff learn about and reflect on the effects of federal policy.

Education Commission of the States Project
Cross & Joftus worked with the chief executive officer of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to develop a strategic plan to enhance the role of state education commissioners and help ECS implement a long-term strategy that collectively engages state policymakers in leading education transformation. The approach leveraged the ECS compact and commissioner infrastructure—both within and across state lines—and worked with ECS to secure initial funding for enhancing collaborative action among state education policymakers.