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

Holyoke Public Schools 

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. 

Grant Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Holyoke, 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 a comprehensive engagement plan, aimed at reaching a diverse coalition of student, family, and community stakeholders and to embed the principles of authentic engagement into the district and school priorities and activities. 

8/23/2019 $20,000 Holyoke MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Providence Public Schools

Providence Public Schools 

The mission of PPSD is to prepare all students to succeed in the nation’s colleges and universities and in their chosen professions. Following this, the vision of the District is to be a national leader in educating urban youth. 

Grant Description 

The continued adoption and scaling of the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered Personalized Education in Providence will support the deepening of leaders’ understanding of how to promote and lead a successful student-centered learning culture. Through monthly cross district PLC meetings, the Instructional Leadership teams will meet to collaborate on their leadership competency action plans. These PLCs will afford all teams the time to reflect and gather feedback from peers. This fits into PPSD’s larger districtwide focus of moving each portion of their system towards personalization in the realms of instruction and leadership. Providence is strategically working with the actors within the system to move towards a personalized learning approach. 

8/16/2019 $190,000 Providence RI
Build Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices KnowledgeWorks Foundation

KnowledgeWorks Foundation 

By delivering innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies, KnowledgeWorks activates and develops the capacity of communities and educators to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. 

Grant Description 

The Research Collaborative will support new and innovative basic exploratory research on SCL principles for all students to catalyze development and build coherence within the field, continue to build the evidence base of good implementation, and develop  
approaches that help practitioners and policymakers apply SCL research in their unique settings. The SATC Hub will serve as the curator, communicator, and sense-maker of work done by Collaborative members and other SCL-related research. 

8/16/2019 $1,560,000 Cincinnati OH
Build Public Understanding & Demand International Association for K-12 Online Learning

International Association for K-12 Online Learning 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. iNACOLS envisions a world where all people are empowered to attain the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society. 

Grant Description 

This grant is to support iNACOL in creating a video about their organizational rebrand - to move from a focus on online learning to a focus on equity and systems change. 

8/16/2019 $8,625 Vienna VA
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 our four focus areas: civic engagement, education, workforce development and arts & culture. Sociedad Latina takes a culturally-based approach that builds on youth assets and supports them to achieve their goals of college, career, and community leadership. 

Grant Description 

In 2019, Sociedad Latina is celebrating their 50th anniversary as Boston's first and oldest Latino youth organization. Sociedad Latina creates a world in which Latino youth see themselves as changemakers. It starts with a space where arts and culture is combined with education and leadership; where Latino youth are supported to become the leaders of tomorrow. For five decades, that space has been Sociedad Latina.  

Proceeds from the 50th anniversary gala and event series will support Sociedad Latina's $7.5 million strategic growth and capital campaign. This campaign is raising funds for the renovation of our building at 1530 Tremont Street, as well as related improvements and expansions to our most popular and engaging STEM, arts, entrepreneurship, and college and career readiness programs. Once complete, these transformational projects will allow Sociedad Latina to work with more youth and families on-site in our new space and, ultimately, build deeper relationships with youth and ensure they have the skills and supports they need to lead healthy and successful lives. 

8/16/2019 $10,000 Roxbury MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Attleboro Public Schools

Attleboro Public Schools 

The mission of the Attleboro Public Schools is to develop and deliver relevant learning experiences that engage, challenge, and inspire all students to maximize their unique learning potential and improve our world. 

Grant Description  

This is a capacity-building grant which is entering its second year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to develop a comprehensive engagement plan, aimed at reaching a diverse coalition of student, family, and community stakeholders and to embed the principles of authentic engagement into the district and school priorities and activities. 

8/16/2019 $20,000 Attleboro MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Teach Plus

Teach Plus 

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. 

Grant Description 

Teach Plus will continue to run its statewide Teaching Policy Fellowship designed to recruit, select and train a cohort of teachers from across Rhode Island to advocate for policies (local and statewide) supporting personalized learning. This is the 3rd year of the fellowship. 

8/10/2019 $166,750 Boston MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Boston Educational Development Foundation

Boston Educational Development Foundation 

BEDF is organized for the purpose of improving educational opportunities for the students of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) by developing and providing for innovative educational and staff development programs; by assisting and facilitating management operations; by providing incentives and scholarships for students; and by serving the general needs of BPS in furtherance of the educational aims and goals of BPS. 

Grant Description 

Educators in BPS have many opportunities to lead, but many of those opportunities are ad-hoc and/or are not known and accessible to all educators. This results in systemic inequities in leadership opportunities and a lack of coherence and strategy in our efforts to leverage teacher leadership to achieve systemic priorities. Some of the goals of this grant include: conduct an inventory of and needs assessment for teacher leadership roles and programs within BPS; map the findings against research and best practices to identify which opportunities should be included as part of a district teacher leadership strategy; develop a systemic strategy to expand and deepen existing teacher leadership initiatives that empower educators to lead; and create and sustain meaningful hybrid teacher leadership roles. 

8/10/2019 $30,000 Roxbury MA
Presidents Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University

Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University 

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s mission is to transform communities by equipping the most promising nonprofit leaders with the skills, confidence, and resources they need to make their organizations effective, innovative, and sustainable. 

Grant Description 

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) addresses the well documented need for a skilled and diverse nonprofit leadership pipeline in New England. This grant will provide scholarships and support the Institute’s work to create a more effective, connected, and diverse nonprofit sector in New England. 

8/10/2019 $28,000 Needham MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Schott Foundation for Public Education

Schott Foundation for Public Education 

The Schott Foundation’s mission is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully-resourced, quality PreK-12 public education. 

Grant Description 

Schott is supporting the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA) to build capacity, and focus on racial equity. 

8/5/2019 $253,578 Quincy MA