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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand Sociedad Latina

Sociedad Latina 

Founded in 1968, Sociedad Latina provides holistic youth development programming to underserved youth ages 11-21 from across Boston, with a focus on Latino and Mission Hill/Roxbury residents. Their Pathways to Success model includes complementary programs in four focus areas: civic engagement, education, workforce development and arts & culture. The organization takes a culturally-based approach that builds on youth assets and supports them to achieve their goals of college, career and community leadership. 
 

Project Description  

This grant will continue supporting Sociedad Latina's work in Boston. During the coming year, SL youth will examine Boston's College, Career, Life Readiness framework and help students and parents build familiarity with it. 

8/1/2018 $75,000 Roxbury MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Worcester State University Foundation

Worcester State University Foundation 

The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State University (WSU) was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to narrow the achievement gap in education through research, policy development, and the provision of outcomes. The LEI provides 7 signature programs that model family-school involvement, reduce school dropout rates, and improve enrollment in higher education. The LEI's mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of Latino students (grades K-16) and their families from the city of Worcester and other urban communities. The LEI provides direct programming that helps students excel in public schools and pursue post-secondary education, and mobilizes youth and families to improve educational opportunities, prepares families to serve as education stewards for their children, and conducts educational research. 

Project Description 

The grant will support the ongoing work of the Youth Civic Union (YCU) group. YCU will work towards creating a more positive learning environment for Latino students in Worcester High Schools. 

7/23/2018 $74,827 Worcester MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Worcester State University Foundation

Worcester State University Foundation 

The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State University (WSU) was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to narrow the achievement gap in education through research, policy development, and the provision of outcomes. The LEI's mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of Latino students (grades K-16) and their families from the city of Worcester and other urban communities. 
 

Project Description 

The grant will support the ongoing work of the Youth Civic Union group. YCU will work towards creating a more positive learning environment for Latino students in Worcester High Schools. 

7/23/2018 $74,827 Worcester MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools 

 The Portland Public Schools are responsible for ensuring a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. They build relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner. The vision of the Portland Public Schools is that all learners will be fully prepared to participate and succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world. The Portland Public Schools district is the largest in the State of Maine. 

Project Description 

Until the end of 2018, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Melea Nalli will continue to convene a series of meetings related to Habits of Work and Learning in order to bring stakeholders together for the first districtwide conversation addressing some of the remaining questions and challenges.

7/18/2018 $12,500 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand Pittsfield Listens

Pittsfield Listens  

Pittsfield Listens brings community members together in a safe and authentic way to share ideas, get informed, discuss issues, support solutions, and help make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. It operates under the umbrella of Pittsfield Youth Workshop. Pittsfield Youth Workshop empowers youth by helping them develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships through involvement in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self-discovery. 

 

Project Description  

The grant supports Pittsfield Listens' role as the Lead Community Partner in Pittsfield, NH. Pittsfield Listens will continue building the power and voice of marginalized families and work with the district to establish stronger parent-engagement policies that support parents at decision making tables. 

7/18/2018 $200,000 Pittsfield NH
Develop Effective Systems Designs Rennie Center for Educational Research and Policy

Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy  

Through the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy's staunch commitment to independent, non-partisan research and constructive conversations, they work to promote an education system that provides every child with the opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Rennie Center’s mission is to improve public education through well-informed decision-making based on deep knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice. As Massachusetts’ preeminent voice in public education reform, they create open spaces for educators and policymakers to consider evidence, discuss cutting-edge issues, and develop new approaches to advance student learning and achievement. 

 

Project Description  

The Rennie Center will evaluate digital badging efforts in Providence and Boston, investigating the student, program, community, and system-level outcomes associated with digital badging programs, focusing on three central themes which emerged during the 2017-2018 pilot: equity of access and opportunity, digital badge currency, and postsecondary linkages. 

7/18/2018 $50,000 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools  

Portland Public Schools educates over 6,700 students and employs over 1,200 staff. The vision of the Portland Public Schools is that all learners will be fully prepared to participate and succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world.. The district is responsible for ensuring a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. They build relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner. 

 

Project Description 

For the next six months, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Melea Nalli will convene a series of meetings related to Habits of Work and Learning, including a summit in August and continuing meetings through 2018, to bring stakeholders together for the first districtwide conversation addressing some of the remaining questions and challenges. 

7/18/2018 $12,500 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks 

TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) is a trusted partner to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, community groups, activists, and advocates who are making a difference in their communities, country, and the world. 
 

Project Description 

Third Sector New England will serve as a fiscal sponsor for this grant for work performed by Everyday Democracy. Everyday Democracy will serve as technical assistance provider for communities, districts, organizations and individuals for the school and community engagement project within the Foundation’s Public Understanding & Demand initiative. Specifically, Everyday Democracy will bring its years of experience and public engagement expertise to guide local leaders in facilitating authentic, future-focused civic participation on issues related to public education and the future of learning. 

7/18/2018 $720,768 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Providence After School Alliance

Providence After School Alliance 

The mission of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) is to expand and improve quality after school, summer and other expanded learning opportunities for the youth of Providence by organizing a sustainable public-private partnership that contributes to student success and serves as a national model. PASA successfully coordinates two systems of high impact learning opportunities for middle and high school youth--the AfterZone and Hub--both of which provide Providence young people with a menu of programs in STEM, the visual and performing arts, and athletics. By working in tandem, the Hub and the AfterZone help Providence’s young people stay on track to graduate and engage in their own learning with multiple and diverse learning pathways from 6th grade to graduation.  

 

Project Description 

In its first year of funding, PASA established a badge strategy for high school students that built upon ELO course rubrics. Through this grant, PASA will continue to make the case to a range of stakeholders that badges and the skills they document matter. PASA will expand and deepen the assessment work that serves as a foundation for digital badges, develop stacked badges that better meet needs identified in the previous grant period, and will continue to explore opportunities to integrate badges into workforce, higher education, and statewide education communities. 

7/11/2018 $200,000 Providence RI
Develop Effective Systems Designs Manchester Public Schools

Manchester Public Schools  

Manchester Public Schools is a pre-K - 12 school system located in Manchester, Connecticut. The school system serves approximately 6,700 students and employs nearly 1,200 dedicated staff members. The mission of the Manchester Public Schools is to engage all students in the highest 21st century education from preschool through graduation. Through an active partnership with students, school personnel, families and community, the Manchester Public Schools will create safe, inclusive schools where equity is the norm and excellence is the goal. 

 
Project Description  

MPS will engage a consultant to review existing policies and determine policies that must be adjusted or developed to support sustained personalized learning. MPS's personalized learning work group will review proposed policy revisions and share with board of education. Finally, the board of education will hold a board retreat in the fall to explore and understand the policy recommendations. 

6/28/2018 $12,500 Manchester CT