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Flores, Kim; Fierle-Hedrick, Kai – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2021
In 2014, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation began funding three projects that together comprise the Grassroots Portfolio: Civic and Family Engagement, Community Organizing, and Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership. This work was part of the Public Understanding and Demand component of NMEF's grantmaking strategy. Following a Foundation-wide…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Social Action, Advocacy, Philanthropic Foundations
Carhill-Poza, Avary; Gounari, Panayota – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2021
As schools look to raise standards and close achievement gaps, they need effective strategies for serving English language learners, the fastest-growing segment of the school-age population who have historically lagged behind their native English-speaking peers on state assessments and in graduation rates. Flipped learning, which blends in-person…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Adolescents, English Language Learners, Flipped Classroom
Russell, Jennifer Lin; Sherer, Jennifer Zoltners; Iriti, Jennifer; Long, Courtney – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2021
The Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN) is looking to transform high school math instruction in New England and beyond. Through this network, researchers and practitioners are working together to make high school Algebra I classes more student centered. This report outlines findings from the first year of this developmental evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2020
This evaluation report explores the evolution of the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an annual convening of youth leaders, youth organizers, adult allies, and educators from across New England. The report closely examines the first several years of YLI, tracking its growth and challenges through the eyes of youth, adult allies, and Nellie Mae…
Descriptors: Youth Leaders, Leadership Training, Student Centered Learning, Competency Based Education
Carhill-Poza, Avary; Williams, Tim; Chen, Jie – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2020
A mixed-methods analysis of how features of technology-enhanced classrooms affected students with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds was undertaken at an urban secondary school with a strong ongoing commitment to student-centered uses of technology. The study used ethnographic and quantitative classroom observations to explain…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, English Language Learners
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2020
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this Student-Centered Learning Continuum (SCL Continuum) to establish the characteristics of high-quality, student-centered learning in classrooms, schools, and districts. This continuum is based upon existing research and cutting-edge practice, incorporates the experiences of experts and practitioners,…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria
Bayerl, Katie – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2020
The Better Math Teaching Network offers a promising, practical model for teacher learning. Its practitioner members--who all teach at least one section of high school algebra and all joined voluntarily--are working with each other and a team of researchers to make their teaching more student-centered through an improvement science approach. With…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Teachers, Algebra
Bayerl, Katie – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2020
This report summarizes the practices and findings of the pilot year of Student-Centered Assessment Network (SCAN), which used real-time testing to determine effective and engaging classroom assessment practices for students. Data gathered through quality assessment can be used by teachers to support their students' needs, as well as by students…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, High School Students
Smith, Toni; Walters, Kirk; Griffin, Melinda; Lennon, Victoria; Sanders, Zipporah – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2019
This report presents key lessons from the third year of the Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN), a networked improvement community aimed at improving student-centered instructional practices. As a networked improvement community, BMTN educators use a collaborative work approach and quick-cycle testing to refine instructional routines, adjusting…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Educational Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
Sherer, Jennifer Zoltners; Iriti, Jennifer; Russell, Jennifer Lin; Matthis, Christopher; Long, Courtney – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2018
The Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN) is organized as a networked improvement community, which is a structured network of researchers and practitioners working together to address a common problem of practice, in this case, how to improve opportunities to increase student engagement in high school mathematics. During the 2017-18 school year, 41…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Teachers, Algebra
Smith, Toni; Walters, Kirk; Lennon, Victoria; Ogut, Burhan; Griffin, Melinda – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2018
The Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN) is a networked improvement community of researchers, teachers, and instructional leaders from New England who use improvement science principles to increase the number of students who are actively and deeply engaged in algebra content. The BMTN's second year of implementation occurred during the 2017-18…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Teachers, Algebra
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2015
Across the country, educators and leaders have adopted, adapted, created and implemented a broad range of technology supports to help deepen student-centered learning opportunities. To help Nellie Mae Education Foundation (the Foundation) best assist its grantees in effectively leveraging technology supports, it engaged Parthenon-EY to assess the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Centered Learning, Student Participation
LaBanca, Frank; Oh, Youn Joo; Lorentson, Mhora; Jia, Yueming; Sibuma, Bernadette; Snellback, Margot – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2015
Research on blended learning's effect on student motivation has been largely limited to undergraduate and adult populations. To address this gap in research, a mixed methods approach is used to examine the impact of the STEM21 Academy's blended instructional approach on 9th-grade students' (1) engagement in science and mathematics learning; (2)…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Centered Learning
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2015
While many of the concepts and approaches that comprise student-centered learning have deep roots in learning theory, the cognitive sciences, and youth and child development, empirical research on student-centered learning's impact in K-12 classrooms remains limited. This report offers highlights from three studies commissioned by Nellie Mae,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness
Walters, Kirk; Smith, Toni M.; Leinwand, Steve; Surr, Wendy; Stein, Abigail; Bailey, Paul – Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2014
Today, far too many students see mathematics as a subject that must be endured, not a source of inspiration or a way of thinking that can enrich their understanding of the world. Advocates of student-centered instruction argue that good teachers have the ability to transform mathematics classrooms into lively, engaging learning environments in…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, High School Students