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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools 

Approximately 3,800 students are currently enrolled in the Salem Public Schools. They are a diverse and welcoming community that promotes the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each student through the equitable delivery of challenging, relevant, and joyful learning experiences. They empower all students to chart a personalized path to success that includes a commitment to the common good. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Salem, MA, which is entering their final year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. This includes integrating engagement strategies into the district's day-to-day operations, recruiting and developing a local coalition to support the engagement work, and networking with other districts and schools carrying our similar strategies.

9/28/2018 $15,000 Salem MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Lawrence Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools 

Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) is a mid-sized urban school district that serves approximately 12,000 students. In November 2011, Lawrence became the first school district in the Commonwealth to enter receivership status. Receivership created an unprecedented opportunity for the district to embark upon an effective, dramatic turnaround effort. The receivership has currently been renewed for an additional three years and an end date has not been designated. The mission of the turnaround plan and LPS is to close the opportunity and academic gap between our students and their peers across the Commonwealth. They seek to achieve this through a common vision for high-quality instruction, a re-imagined urban school system, and a close collaboration with the Lawrence community. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Lawrence, MA, which is entering their third year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. This includes integrating engagement strategies into the district's day-to-day operations, recruiting and developing a local coalition to support the engagement work, and networking with other districts and schools carrying our similar strategies.

9/28/2018 $23,000 Lawrence Ma
Build Public Understanding & Demand New Bedford Public Schools

New Bedford Public Schools 

 New Bedford Public Schools is a school district serving New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States. They are committed to developing a community of learners who are academically proficient, demonstrate strong character and exhibit self-confidence. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for New Bedford, MA, as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, the distrcit will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. Specifically, New Bedford will integrate student, family and community engagement strategies into the day-to-day operations of the district and its schools, continue recruitment and development of their local coalition, and network with other districts and schools carrying out similar engagement strategies.

9/28/2018 $20,000 New Bedford MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Youth In Action

Youth In Action 
YIA is a partnership between youth, adults, and community where youth are supported to be at the forefront of creating positive social change. YIA supports urban teens to reach their personal leadership goals, enroll in higher education, and create positive change in their communities. 

Project Description 

YIA will use $10,000 to conduct a visual identity audit and create a cohesive visual identity design and to develop infographic tools that explain its work. At the end of this proposed work, Youth In Action will have a comprehensive visual identity, a brand that matches its work, and a responsive website that will emphasize accessible materials on its model of youth change. $5,000 will be used to support an emerging Language Justice group that is designed to advocate for ELL student support services and district wide policies, address the social/emotional learning gap ELL student experience, through a tailored social justice curriculum, and educate the broader community on the complex ELL experience through installation and workshops.

9/28/2018 $15,000 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Teachers College Columbia University

Teachers College Columbia University 

Teachers College, Columbia University is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology. Teachers College sees its leadership role in two complementary arenas. One is as a major player in policy-making to ensure that schools are reformed and restructured to welcome all students regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. The other is in preparing educators who not only serve students directly but also coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages. 

Project Description  

The New England Reporting Initiative allows The Hechinger Report to expand their reporting on student-centered learning and other education innovations gaining traction throughout the New England region. Many of New England’s traditional print newspapers and other media outlets do not have journalists with specialized knowledge covering the education beat. Many local reporters lack the necessary journalism training and experience to report on innovations in classrooms transitioning to a student-centered learning environment. Deep and sophisticated education coverage is needed to ensure the public has the information needed to become a constructive part of the conversation about the systems and practices in their communities.

9/24/2018 $175,000 New York NY
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks 

In June 2017, Third Sector New England became TSNE MissionWorks. This name speaks to their ongoing investment in the missions of their clients and partners, and their collaborations far beyond the borders of New England. Along with their new name, they gained a new tagline: Partners in Social Change. These words speak to their role as a committed partner to mission-driven organizations—and the role of those partnerships in driving social change. TSNE MissionWorks provides information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of their work is to create a more just and democratic society. 

Project Description 

The Teacher Collaborative fosters collaboration, empowers innovation, and creates meaningful professional learning opportunities for educators in schools, districts, and sectors across Massachusetts. The work is based on a hypothesis that teachers are more likely to realize enduring instructional change if those changes are (a) informed by research, (b) learned and refined in classrooms, and (c) supported by expert facilitation and a community of peers. This project supports the Teacher Collaborative’s three core programs: co-labs for innovation, educator exchange, and virtual network. These programs offer teachers, schools, and districts a way to operationalize high-quality professional learning that advances student and teacher learning.

8/30/2018 $277,993 Boston MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Highlander Institute

Highlander Institute 

Highlander Institute operates in dynamic collaboration with its sister organization, Highlander Charter School, to design and provide research-based, quality educational services that are accessible to all learners, as well as their teachers and families. Institute services are directed at both students and educators, and are focused on helping students gain ground in language, reading, and math through ‘arms of service’ that include Blended Learning, Expanded Learning, and Diverse Learners. Using innovative education practices as a catalyst for social change, Highlander Institute is working to ensure that all children have the educational opportunities and support they need to achieve their full potential. 

Project Description 

This grant funding will continue to help the Highlander Institute to recruit and train a group of passionate and innovative Cohort 5 Fuse Fellows. Fuse Fellows are change agents for their schools and advance the field through their own leadership and instructional innovation. During the program, Fuse Fellows will be partnered with another school (separate from the one they work in) for up to 2 years, during which they will assess readiness, coach other teachers, and help disseminate best practices based on each school’s specific needs. A major portion of the program involves the coaching of early adopter teachers by the school district’s assigned Fuse Fellow.

8/30/2018 $185,332 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Holyoke High School

Holyoke High School 

Holyoke High School is a public high school in Holyoke, MA. Holyoke High School's mission is to ensure that all students are provided the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to graduate prepared to pursue higher education without remediation and/or a rewarding career and to function as responsible citizens in a diverse society. 

Project Description 

This grant will support the Pa’Lante Restorative Justice Program at Holyoke High School.

8/30/2018 $75,000 Holyoke MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Youth On Board

Youth On Board 

Youth On Board (YOB) supports the power of students to transform their communities by recognizing that when young people are fully engaged—when their voices are heard, their opinions matter, and their unique perspective is respected—they commit themselves to making their schools, their communities, and their own lives better. 

Project Description 

The grant will supports YOB's ongoing work with the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In the coming year YOB will ensure that youth continue being part of BPS' decision making process, particularly in selecting the incoming superintendent.

8/16/2018 $75,000 Somerville MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Pittsfield Youth Workshop

Pittsfield Youth Workshop 

Pittsfield Listens (PL) encourages the power of student, parent and family voice on issues and policies that directly affect their education and their life, with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been underrepresented. Building public understanding and support for student-centered learning (SCL) guides their work. PL operates under the umbrella of Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW). 

Project Description 

This grant will support Pittsfield's Listens youth work. In the coming year PL will increase the number of youth that develop leadership skills and will work on issues such as its high school's college access support, inequitable funding formulas, and campaign to have youth representation on its School Board.

8/16/2018 $75,000 Pittsfield NH