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Huguet, Alice; Holtzman, Deborah J.; Robyn, Abby; Steiner, Elizabeth D.; Todd, Ivy; Choi, Linda; Baird, Matthew D.; Gutierrez, Italo A.; Garet, Michael S.; Stecher, Brian M.; Engberg, John – RAND Corporation, 2020
In 2018, The RAND Corporation and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) published an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching (IP) initiative, which was designed to improve achievement among low-income minority (LIM) students. The initiative provided support for several reforms that…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Improvement, Educational Change
Naylor, Charlie – British Columbia Teachers' Federation, 2011
Diane Ravitch's book, "The death and life of the great American school system," is an exploration and critique of educational change in the United States since the report "A Nation at Risk" in 1983 and more specifically since the passing of the No Child Left Behind legislation in January, 2002. Arguably, there are several…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Criticism, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Richman, Scott; Burnett, Alyson; Dillon, Erin; Goble, Lisbeth; McCullough, Moira; Tuttle, Christina Clark – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2016
In November 2012, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested in seven innovative district-charter partnerships with "the potential capacity and commitment to accelerate student college ready rates through deep collaboration and sharing of best practices" (District-Charter Collaboration Grant Request for Proposal). These…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Partnerships in Education, Grants, College Readiness
Gose, Ben – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to spend several hundred million dollars over the next five years to double the number of low-income young people who complete a college degree or certificate program by age 26. Foundation officials described the ambitious plan to an exclusive group of education leaders, citing 2025 as a target goal. If…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Grants, Philanthropic Foundations, Postsecondary Education
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Maas, Tricia; Jochim, Ashley; Gross, Betheny – Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
In an economy driven by technological innovation and a complex social landscape, schools can no longer count on traditional academic preparation to set children up for success later in life. The types of skills that will enable students to succeed in the 21st century--such as the ability to solve complex problems, transfer knowledge to new…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Skill Development, Student Centered Learning, Problem Solving
Tompkins-Stange, Megan E. – Harvard Education Press, 2016
"Policy Patrons" offers a rare behind-the-scenes view of decision making inside four influential education philanthropies: the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The outcome is an intriguing, thought-provoking look at the impact of current…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Philanthropic Foundations, Interviews, Values
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Swing, Randy L.; Ross, Leah Ewing – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2016
A new vision for institutional research is urgently needed if colleges and universities are to achieve their institutional missions, goals, and purposes. The authors advocate for a move away from the traditional service model of institutional research to an institutional research function via a federated network model or matrix network model. When…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Models, Postsecondary Education, Decision Making
Bragg, Debra D. – Office of Community College Research and Leadership, 2016
On February 18-19, 2016, representatives of 10 states participating in the Credit When It's Due (CWID) initiative attended a convening held at the University of Utah. The meeting was led by the CWID Research Team and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, on behalf of the CWID Funders Collaborative. The…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Credits, Reverse Transfer Students, Transfer Policy
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2020
Rising employer demand for skilled workers has driven efforts to better align occupational training programs to industry needs. Yet, even as the demand for skilled workers increases, less than half of students who enter occupational training programs receive a credential within six years. Community colleges are working to find faster and more…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Integrated Curriculum
Ramsey, Jennifer; Gorgol, Laura – Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2010
In 2001, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a 10-year, multi-million dollar initiative, the Washington State Achievers Program (WSA), to increase opportunities for low-income students to attend postsecondary institutions in Washington State. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted funds to the College Success Foundation…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Scholarships, Financial Support, Income
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Backed with political and financial capital, advocates of change push to improve America's education system. For most people, the purpose of education is self-improvement--becoming better informed, more knowledgeable, better equipped to solve problems, more able to earn a living and prosper. The more effectively an education system delivers on…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Role of Education, Educational Principles, Educational Improvement
Stecher, Brian M.; Garet, Michael – RAND Corporation, 2014
On November 19, 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it would invest $290 million to support effective teaching as a means to ensure all students receive the education they need to succeed in high school and beyond. The foundation made six-year grants to support four Intensive Partnership for Effective Teaching (IP) sites…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Longitudinal Studies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2010
In fall 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project to test new approaches to recognizing effective teaching. The project's goal is to help build fair and reliable systems for teacher observation and feedback to help teachers improve and administrators make better personnel decisions.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In August 2010, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, speaking informally at a technology conference, said technological innovations should be able to lower the cost of college to $2,000 a year. Mr. Gates's comments reportedly caught the attention of Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican of Texas, who came up with his own back-of-the-envelope estimate of how…
Descriptors: Student Costs, Bachelors Degrees, Public Colleges, Electronic Learning
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DesJardins, Stephen L.; McCall, Brian P.; Ott, Molly; Kim, Jiyun – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2010
A national scholarship program provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to improve access to and success in higher education for low-income high-achieving minority students by providing them with full tuition scholarships and non-monetary support. We use a regression discontinuity approach to investigate whether the receipt of…
Descriptors: College Students, Scholarships, Minority Group Students, Low Income Groups
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