Urgency over Nation NME

Urgency over national report card distracts from longstanding challenges

Re “Leaders called slow to fight lag in learning: Advocates seek quicker use of aid” (Page A1, Oct. 25): The education sector has seen unprecedented disruption. Over the past three years, students, families, educators, and communities have navigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing racism, a toxic sociopolitical climate, recurring gun violence, a struggling economy, and more.


‘This money does not belong to us.’ Our conversation with Dr. Gislaine N. Ngounou.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s mission is to champion community-driven efforts that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for youth throughout New England. Dr. Ngounou touches on her personal beliefs about philanthropy, describes the challenges that Nellie Mae and other foundations faced during the pandemic, the centrality of youth voice and partnerships, how our expectations about impact and change can be fundamentally refined, and more.

Early data offers a sobering look at interrupted and incomplete learning, but there is hope ahead NME

Early data offers a sobering look at interrupted and incomplete learning, but there is hope ahead

As young people, families, and educators near the end of yet another hectic pandemic school year, new research studying the early impact of remote learning offers a sobering look at experiences and outcomes, including interrupted and incomplete learning. The latest study from Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research is based on testing data from 2.1 million students across the country.

The Four Pivots NME

The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves

Join author and Professor Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D.; Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation; Gislaine Ngounou, EdD, Interim President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation; Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment; and Carmen Rojas, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation for a conversation surrounding Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves.


PrepareRI 2.0 – Looking Ahead!

PrepareRI 2.0 – Looking Ahead!   Educators, community leaders, and supporters of career education across the state joined us this year for the 2022 PrepareRI Summit, an opportunity for us to celebrate progress, dive into the challenges and barriers to access our students still face, and chart a course for the future of career pathways…

Nick Donohue with Nellie Mae staff and community advisors in 2019 NME

NCRP Honors Nellie Mae Education Foundation with Its “Changing Course” Award for Incorporating Feedback

Posted by NCRP Impact Awards   NCRP HONORS NELLIE MAE EDUCATION FOUNDATION WITH ITS “CHANGING COURSE” AWARD FOR INCORPORATING FEEDBACK   Massachusetts-based foundation celebrated for authentically folding in stakeholder feedback and realigning their grantmaking strategies in support racial equity in education.   WASHINGTON DC – Even before organized protests in 2020 reshaped the national debate around…

Gislaine Ngounou Move Forward NME

We must confront the past to move forward

Posted by Gislaine Ngounou   We must confront the past to move forward   Here in school districts across Rhode Island, like many across the nation, our schools, our educators and the teaching of truth have been under attack. Tactics by politicians and organizers have been quick to label teaching about systemic racism, white supremacy…