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Susan Gentz

Susan Gentz is a partner at K20Connect, a consulting consortium of experts focused on education leadership, technology, and policy. Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and legislative aide in the Iowa House of Representatives. Along with experience at both federal and state levels, she served as the deputy executive director for the Center for Digital Education, worked for a government relations firm in Arlington, Virginia, and worked on federal and state education policy at iNACOL, where she wrote published reports to move the field forward with innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.
12 Feb 2024

Elmo is Checking In

The headlines keep pouring in. New data on the mental health of our students, and even our red furry friend, Elmo, checking in and getting an earful a...

By     Susan Gentz
14 Feb 2023

Understanding Accelerated Brain Aging and Its Impact on Mental Health

Student’s brains are physically changing. This seems like an incredible thing to say, but it’s true. In a recent study done by Biological Psychiatry: ...

By     Susan Gentz
10 Jun 2022

Racing Against the Clock: Spending and Obligating Stimulus Dollars

The Education Stabilization Fund and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund have provided funding to help with challenges faced by district...

By     Susan Gentz
01 Apr 2022

Emergency Education Funding: Where Are We Now?

We all know the past two years have been a wild ride, and none of us are certain when it will stop being full of so many highs and lows. All of the un...

By     Susan Gentz
20 May 2021

Mind, Mission, and Money

How can your district put stimulus funding into action to enhance the look and feel of education in the post-COVID-19 era? How might you resource your...

By     Susan Gentz
25 Mar 2021

American Rescue Plan Provides Funds for Student Well-Being

President Biden completed his first major promise in office: getting Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, known as the American Rescue...

By     Susan Gentz
21 Jan 2021

American Rescue Plan: $130B for Education Relief

Just as the education world is deciphering the last round of stimulus funds, President Joe Biden announced $130 billion for education relief once he e...

By     Susan Gentz
28 Dec 2020

Stimulus and Omnibus: Funding Education in 2021

The House and Senate both passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $2.3 trillion package that is essentially two bills. One is a $900 bil...

By     Susan Gentz
02 Oct 2020

CARES Act State Set-Asides and Student Mental Health Support

In March 2020, the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law to help states and localities survive through the f...

By     Susan Gentz

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