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McKeag, Mark; Soskis, Mike; Ramos, Luis; Breen, Bill – Bridgespan Group, 2018
Researchers and journalists have documented the challenges confronting the nation's rural communities--dwindling populations, few employment opportunities, the opioid crisis, and a lack of public investment. However, there are many rural communities that are surmounting these obstacles and helping their young people build a brighter future. The…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Counties, Youth Programs, Social Mobility
Kaufmann, Katherine; Brookhiser, Laura; Seeman, Bradley – Bridgespan Group, 2018
In mid-2016, two years after 12 leading funders had launched an ambitious early childhood development collaborative, the group still had not settled on any investments. Noting the lack of progress, the group's principal convener, asked the group, "Should we stop meeting?" Posing this question helped prompt the collaborative to alter…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Teachers, Caregivers, Pediatrics
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
It is widely understood that school districts face significant barriers to designing and implementing sustained improvements in chronically underperforming schools. In particular, the size and complexity of urban districts pose daunting challenges to advance significant reform efforts, despite glaring need. A new wave of district-led…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Innovation, School Turnaround, Social Mobility
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Turnaround, Public Schools, School Districts
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Districts, School Turnaround, School District Autonomy
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Districts, School Turnaround, School District Autonomy
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, School Districts, School Turnaround
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Districts, School Turnaround, School District Autonomy
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This report summarizes the Bridgespan's Group latest research project, "School District Innovation Zones: A New Wave of District-Led Efforts to Improve Economic Mobility." The report focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Turnaround, Philanthropic Foundations, Partnerships in Education
Flamang, Andrew – Bridgespan Group, 2017
During the U.S. post-WWII recovery, appropriations for school lunch became codified in the 1946 National School Lunch Act, fueling program growth in the baby boom era to 18.9 million participating children by 1967, or about 42 percent of 45 million enrolled students. Then, in 1968, two reports funded by the Field Foundation of New York highlighted…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Federal Programs, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Bielak, Debby; Murphy, Devin; Shelton, Jim – Bridgespan Group, 2016
This work is part of a larger set of conversations on how philanthropic capital can better deliver potent results. This paper is intended for philanthropists and foundation staff who are interested in understanding not only which issues and interventions might put many more low-income people on an upward trajectory, but also how private donors can…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Economic Opportunities, Investment, Low Income Groups
Bridgespan Group, 2016
This executive summary describes the research that was conducted based on the following question: "How could a philanthropic investment of $1 billion dramatically increase upward social mobility for low-income individuals and families?" The intent of the research was to create a series of roadmaps that illustrate how investments of $1…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Economic Opportunities, Private Financial Support, Investment
Bridgespan Group, 2016
With the goal of motivating a broader swath of philanthropists to make well-informed, actionable "big bets" to catalyze dramatic improvements in social mobility in the United States, a Bridgespan Group team spent a year researching and developing prototypes of potential large-scale investments that aim to build pathways to the middle…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Economic Opportunities, Investment, Middle Class
Murphy, Devin; Boyd, Michelle; Bielak, Debby – Bridgespan Group, 2016
With the goal of motivating a broader swath of philanthropists to make well-informed, actionable "big bets" to catalyze social change, The Bridgespan Group launched an ambitious research project in partnership with Bridgespan Fellow Jim Shelton. The intent: determine how private donors can best invest to increase upward social mobility…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Economic Opportunities, Investment, Income
Ross, Michaela; Kiernan, Reilly; Murphy, Devin; Bielak, Debby – Bridgespan Group, 2016
This document is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focused on the question: "How could a philanthropist make the biggest improvement on social mobility with an investment of $1 billion?" In answering this question, the authors have sought to understand "what matters most" for improving social mobility outcomes.…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Investment, Barriers, Low Income Groups
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