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Jenkins, Lynn; Johnson, Dianne – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
As 2015 came to an end, education funders in Texas were reflecting not only on the results of their grantmaking over the past year but also on what the state legislature had (and had not) accomplished during its most recent session. Thirty-four Texas funders felt a particular sense of satisfaction because they had helped shape some of the new…
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Policy, Advocacy, Grants
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) is an historic opportunity for education leaders and funders to think broadly about innovation in terms of goals and accountability. This case examines two examples of states where responsible innovation regarding goals and accountability is long underway, with the support of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Innovation, Grantsmanship, Grants
Frahm, Robert – Grantmakers for Education, 2016
Not long ago, college seemed out of reach for Jesse Ashley, a high school senior in Buffalo, New York. In a troubled school system plagued by low achievement and high dropout rates, Jesse's chronic absenteeism and bouts with depression made his prospects shaky. But Jesse got help, returned to classes and began thinking about college--all under an…
Descriptors: Grantsmanship, Grants, Case Studies, Access to Education
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2015
Standardized tests are under a microscope as states prepare to administer new PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This brief takes on five concerns about testing and is designed to help funders reframe the larger conversation to preserve a critical source of information about school, teacher and student…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Testing
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2015
The challenge of updating curriculum to align with Common Core State Standards is a national one felt by states, districts, and teachers alike. Teachers generally express enthusiasm for the Common Core, but consistently cite a lack of high-quality curricula as an impediment to teaching them. The demand for core-aligned quality materials has far…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Alignment (Education), State Standards, Educational Quality
Wisdom, Michelle – Grantmakers for Education, 2015
The Walton Family Foundation was at a pivotal point in early 2015. After investing $1.3 billion in K-12 education over the previous two decades, executive and board leadership were reflecting on past work, and charting a course for the Foundation's strategic direction based on key learnings from their investments in education. The Walton Family…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice, Access to Education
Carroll, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2015
It was a blustery, chilly January morning in 2009. Washington, D.C., was teeming with visitors, who had gathered in throngs on the Mall the day before to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Dan Leeds, of the philanthropic Leeds family, had invited two dozen high-ranking officers from foundations…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Grantsmanship, Entrepreneurship
Grantmakers for Education, 2014
Teachers are critical to the success of education grantmaking strategies, yet in talking with them we discovered that the world of philanthropy is often a mystery. GFE's Toolkit for Teacher Engagement aims to assist funders in authentically and effectively involving teachers in the education reform and innovation process. Built directly from the…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Teacher Participation
Traphagen, Kathleen – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
It is often noted that children spend most of their waking hours out of school. What they do during non-school hours is important, because access to high-quality learning, both in and out-of-school, is key to cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. In the United States today, demand for after-school programs outstrips supply: 8.4…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Youth Programs, Surveys, Interviews
Grantmakers for Education, 2014
In 2011, Grantmakers for Education (GFE) partnered with the Monitor Institute to develop the K-12 Education Strategy Landscape Tool--an asset mapping tool that used interactive data visualization to provide a clear picture of the who, what, where, and when of education grantmaking. The prototype launched in January of 2012. Over a dozen funders…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, Visual Aids
Otto, Rafael – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
Since 2011, Grantmakers for Education has offered a series of investigative programs designed to examine the role grantmakers can play in creating more equitable systems of education. GFE's programming included place-based programs in El Paso, Texas, Newark, New Jersey, Oakland, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time, Grantmakers…
Descriptors: Grants, Equal Education, Educational Finance, Minority Group Students
Maeroff, Gene I. – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
What incentive could be stronger in a community than full-tuition college scholarships for all graduates of a public school system? Could this be an answer to the question of how the nation can support children growing up in poverty so that they may access middle-class opportunities? When George Weiss, a successful young money manager, pledged to…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Postsecondary Education, Scholarships, Public Schools
Jenkins, Lynn; Wisdom, Michelle – Grantmakers for Education, 2014
As the summer of 2014 began, Paul Herdman, President and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Delaware, paused to reflect on what Delaware had accomplished over the past decade in the public education realm. Academic standards had been raised across the K-12 system, and a new assessment system aligned to those standards was being implemented.…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
Grantmakers for Education, 2012
"Engaged Partners" focuses on the decisions made by the creators of the Achieving the Dream initiative to build a broad and diverse range of stakeholders--including funders--who would take ownership of the problem of poor student success rates in community colleges. The case study illustrates the virtues--and some pitfalls--of encouraging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Stakeholders, Partnerships in Education, Social Change
Grantmakers for Education, 2012
To better advance its mission of promoting lifelong learning, the PacifiCorp Foundation committed in 2001 to begin devoting 20 percent of its grantmaking budget to a long-term, multi-year initiative to support a small number of grantees; trustees chose the area of early literacy for its first initiative. "Focus for Impact" is intended to…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Children, Lifelong Learning, Educational Change
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