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ERIC Number: ED537484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Seeing It through: Advanced Strategies "for" Influencing Education Policy. Education Grantmakers Institute (Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 19-21, 2009)
Mackinnon, Anne
Grantmakers for Education
"No education grantmaker can afford to ignore public policy. Local, state and federal policies shape the context in which we work by establishing education standards, allocating resources and setting priorities for people working in education." So begins the report on Grantmakers for Educations' 2005 Grantmakers Institute, Foundation Strategies for Influencing Education Policy. The statement rings more true than ever. Even funders that choose to steer clear of public policy grantmaking must do so with an understanding that their work will almost certainly be influenced by shifts in the policy environment. This reality will persist as long as American schools and colleges continue to suffer the effects of the economic crisis, cities and states look for ways to stimulate significant educational improvements, and states step up to participate in new federal policy initiatives and to meet the challenges of preparing students for the global economy. Building on its 2005 examination of the procedural and legal strategies funders need to consider for engaging with policy, GFE convened grantmakers from around the country in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in May 2009. Through a series of discussions with education leaders and faculty members from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute participants deepened their understanding of successes, opportunities and challenges in public policy grantmaking. This report reflects the insights that came out of those conversations, as well as the sense of urgency the participants brought to their learning.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Grantmakers for Education
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts