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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Develop Effective Systems Designs Education Resource Strategies

Education Resource Strategies 

Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income. 

 

Project Description  

This grant is to support ERS in bringing together teams from 6-12 districts and communities in Massachusetts to explore interest in creating a cohort to benefit from ERS tools and expertise on the best uses of district and school resources. 

6/28/2018 $20,000 Watertown MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Revere Public Schools

Revere Public Schools 
The vision of the Revere Public Schools is to foster a system of continuous growth and change. Their mission is to provide personalized and meaningful education to all students so that they individually experience superior personal development by: engaging all members of their educational community in the decision-making process, ensuring rigor and relevance throughout all curricular areas, ensuring positive relationships among all members of the school community, fostering resilience within all members of the school community, and fostering and celebrating innovation throughout their system.  

 

Project Description  

Revere will maintain its focus on the shared leadership, decision-making, and professional development structures that have enabled past successes in teacher-led innovation and implementation efforts. This will include ongoing training in continuous improvement cycles and the development of aligned logic models at multiple grade levels. Revere will also add two new high leverage strategies: competency-based learning and social-emotional learning. These three strategies extend previous areas of focus and will draw the high school deeper into student-centered learning and equity. Educators will receive coaching on competency-based learning and will develop content-specific competencies. Teachers will also participate in training on social-emotional learning, cultural competency, and restorative justice. 

6/28/2018 $877,242 Revere MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Public Schools 

Hartford Public Schools is a Connecticut school district providing a portfolio approach to Pre-K- 12 education serving 21,000 students from Greater Hartford enrolled in 50 schools. HPS provides school choice for all families, school autonomy, and student-based budgeting, engages in theme-based partnerships and extensive public engagement, focuses on the development of educators and performance-based accountability to ensure high-quality schools in every neighborhood. 

 

Project Description 

Over the past three years of funding, Hartford focused on the development of a district theory of action and strategic operating plan for student-centered learning (SCL) by defining and operationalizing a systems level student-centered learning approach and a student level student-centered learning approach. The 2018-19 grant builds upon the work during years 1-3 of the District Level Systems Change (DLSC) efforts and is designed to bridge Hartford into fully implementing the District Model of Excellence Strategic Plan – representing scaling up SCL approaches throughout the district, ensuring every student has access to excellent teaching, learning, resources, and opportunities in every school, and that every student graduates ready to pursue post-secondary opportunities on the path to a successful and sustaining future. 

6/28/2018 $1,270,829 Hartford CT
Develop Effective Systems Designs EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE 

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association that helps higher education elevate the impact of IT. They are a community of IT leaders and professionals working together to tackle challenges and leverage opportunities that are constantly evolving within higher education. They welcome diversity, in viewpoints and experience, and believe in the transformative power of uncommon thinking for the common good. 

 

Project Description  

The Mass Innovating Design in Education for All Students (IDEAS) initiative will provide Massachusetts-based educators and community members the opportunity to plan and launch genuinely bold models of next gen learning designed for equity, personalized student-centered learning, and the attainment of richer, deeper, 21st-century definitions of student success. Mass IDEAS work will include all K-12 grade spans, schools exhibiting a range of performance, and public governance models. 

6/28/2018 $499,213 Louisville CO
Develop Effective Systems Designs Meriden Public Schools

Meriden Public Schools  

Meriden Public Schools is located in a small urban city in Meriden, CT. Their goal is to provide all students with educational opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to lead productive and self-sustaining lives in a democratic, multicultural society. "Success for all students" requires the vision to prepare students for whatever the twenty-first century may have in store. As its student community grows in its diversity, so does the world in which they will live. 
 

Project Description  

In this 18-month period, Meriden will continue the work with the following strategies: Professional Development for Educators, Implementation of Mastery-Based Learning for 9th graders, and Community Learning Walks. 

6/28/2018 $824,929 Meriden CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand Great Schools Partnership

Great Schools Partnership 

The Great Schools Partnership (GSP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school-support organization working to redesign public education and improve learning for all students. Their mission is to develop and advocate for sustainable educational policies, effective school leadership, proven instructional practices, and student-centered learning models built on strong community connections. 
 

Project Description  

Last year, in addition to their intermediary role, GSP began to assign its coaches to serve on the technical assistance teams in coordination with Everyday Democracy, adding additional support and capacity to those coaching teams working with district and community leadership. Their inclusion on the technical assistance teams added needed education systems expertise, and an ability to navigate the sensitivities and dynamics of a school environment. This is a renewal of that technical assistance function. 

6/28/2018 $546,900 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand Great Schools Partnership

Great Schools Partnership 

The Great Schools Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school-support organization working to redesign public education and improve learning for all students. Their mission is to develop and advocate for sustainable educational policies, effective school leadership, proven instructional practices, and student-centered learning models built on strong community connections. 
 

Project Description 

GSP will serve as intermediary for the PU&D initiative's local engagement activities, supporting the recommendation of communities, development of resources, coordination of partners, dissemination of progress to the field, and convening of cohort districts and leaders. 

6/28/2018 $497,800 Portland ME
Develop Effective Systems Designs The Education Trust
  • The Education Trust
    The Education Trust is a nonprofit organization that promotes closing opportunity gaps by expanding excellence and equity in education for students of color and those from low-income families from pre-kindergarten through college. Through research and advocacy, the organization builds and engages diverse communities that care about education equity, increases political and public will to act on equity issues, and increases college access and completion for historically underserved students. 

    Project Description
    This one-year grant supports coalitions in Massachusetts with data and advocacy support to develop and promote strategies to tackle achievement and opportunity gaps. Three components have been outlined: engaging diverse local stakeholders to understand interests and priorities, enabling those stakeholders to learn from equity coalitions in other states, and building their capacity to engage in strategic advocacy.  

6/13/2018 $100,000 Washington D.C.
Develop Effective Systems Designs Meriden Public Schools

Meriden Public Schools 
Meriden Public Schools is located in a small urban city in Meriden, CT. Meriden is described as a microcosm of today's multicultural urban centers. The school system houses approximately 9,000 students in eight elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.  The district’s goal is to provide all students with educational opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to lead productive and self-sustaining lives in a democratic, multicultural society. 

 

​Project Description

Through the Administrators' Retreat, district administrators will develop a shared agreement on what "defines" equity in the Meriden Public Schools; district administrators will understand the defining elements of an equity-focused classroom, and district administrators will identify next steps at the collective and individual levels for disrupting inequity in the Meriden Public Schools. 

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6/13/2018 $12,227 Meriden CT
Grant Opportunities Holyoke Public Schools

Holyoke Public Schools  

Holyoke Public School District is on the rise, with close to 5,500 students served by 11 schools, including two high schools, and one Pre-K-2 school. As staff prepares students for success in higher education and in the workforce, they seek to provide them with opportunities to think critically, communicate with purpose, and experience success through multiple pathways. HPS staff has made it their mission to graduate students with not only a high school diploma, but an additional credential that expands their college and career options. Through a Holyoke education and the range of enrichment activities provided by the district, HPS will produce graduates who value themselves, others and their community. As students grow through their HPS career, staff will foster each student’s ability to lead with empathy and courage. 
 

Project Description 

In the Fall of 2018, HPS is launching Holyoke STEM Academy (HSA) for ~265 (growing to 300) 6th-8th grade students. Students will engage in hands-on learning, such as coding and robotics, and develop strong problem-solving and communication skills. HSA will strive to empower all students to develop and apply problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills through a focus on student-centered learning. This empowerment gives the students the skills they need to be successful in high school and beyond. This grant would support the planning and design process for HSA. 

6/13/2018 $100,000 Holyoke MA