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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand WGBH Educational Foundation
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
    WGBH-TV, channel 2, is a non-commercial educational PBS member television station located in Boston. The station is owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

    Project Description
    WGBH Radio will expand its coverage of K-12 issues, specifically those with the potential to impact the lives of K-12 students in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Specifically, the project will build WGBH Radio’s capacity by hiring a senior-level reporter to focus exclusively on covering K-12 issues. A solutions-based editorial lens would guide investigations into K-12 topics focusing on education innovation in high schools and efforts by districts, schools, and organizations to implement the principles of student-centered learning - learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based, and happens anytime, anywhere. 

5/29/2018 $150,000 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Pittsfield School District

Pittsfield School District
Pittsfield School District is a school district in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, that includes Pittsfield Elementary School and Pittsfield Middle High School. 

Project Description 
With continued support from consultants from the Center for Secondary School Redesign and Brandeis
University, Pittsfield, New Hampshire will conclude its revision of the district's logic model and mission, vision, and values statements through engagement with a broad range of community stakeholders. This work was begun during the district's final year of DLSC funding. 

5/29/2018 $12,500 Pittsfield NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is a non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. They bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. 

Project Description
This grant will support completion of the first iteration of a powerful learner-centered site visit toolkit for practitioners to self-assess and peer review their progress toward their vision, enrolling and uniting 70-90 learner-centered practitioners from across the country behind the power of the learner-centered movement. 

5/29/2018 $256,762 Washington D.C.
Grant Opportunities TNTP Inc.

TNTP Inc.  

TNTP is a national non-profit organization working to end educational inequality by ensuring that all students get excellent teachers. Founded by teachers and inspired by the power of great teaching to change lives, we help schools, districts and states grow great teachers, manage their teaching talent strategically, and build systems that prioritize effective teaching in every classroom. 

Project Description 

This is a request from TNTP to support an intensive two-year research process to deeply understand what students experience in school. Through this research, TNTP is exploring educational equity, students’ access to high-quality instruction, student engagement, and student achievement through three lenses: the quality of the content and instruction available; the way students spend their time within and across school years in core and non-core subject areas; and the expectations for student learning and growth established by school leaders and teachers. 

5/23/2018 $100,000 New York NY
Develop Effective Systems Designs KnowledgeWorks Foundation
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation
    Through its portfolio of school and community approaches, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation provides innovative tools, training and assistance to school leaders, teachers and community stakeholders. 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. 

    Project Description
    KnowledgeWorks will engage in an internal capacity-building exercise to refine and enhance the organization’s own advocacy model with the goal of creating and supporting policies that lead to successful implementation of quality SCL, with a specific focus on traditionally underserved populations. This process will include discovery interviews, asset identification, and system design.  

5/7/2018 $47,500 Cincinnatti OH
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning 
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is a teacher preparation program housed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Project Description
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy), seeks to reinvent teacher education, beginning with the preparation of STEM teachers and then broadening its scope to include the full range of subject areas. The WW Academy is an individualized, competency-based program that focuses on outcomes – the skills and knowledge teachers must have to be effective in the classroom and ensure student achievement. It throws out the clock, focusing on a candidate’s mastery of skills and knowledge rather than their seat time.
5/1/2018 $200,000 Princeton NJ
Build Public Understanding & Demand Education Writers Association
Education Writers Association
As the professional organization of members of the media who cover education at all levels, EWA has worked for more than 65 years to help journalists get the story right. Today, EWA has more than 3,000 members benefiting from  high-quality programs, training, information, support, and recognition. 

Project Description
This grant will support the largest professional gathering of education journalists in the nation.
4/16/2018 $7,500.00 Washington D.C.
Build Public Understanding & Demand Alliance for Business Leadership
Alliance for Business Leadership
The Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL) is a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders at all levels who believe that social responsibility and the sustainable growth of the Massachusetts economy go hand in hand and thus are committed to both.

Project Description 
This grant will support ABL Leader Lab 2018, which will focus on moving four areas of the Imagine Boston 2030 plan to implementation: STEM education in public schools, transportation, housing, and climate change.
4/3/2018 $20,000 Boston MA
Grant Opportunities Education Evolving
Education Evolving
Education Evolving is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on improving American public education. Their vision is that student-centered learning opportunities exist for all young people in Minnesota and around the country, in particular those who have been underserved by the current education system.

Project Description 
This grant will support Education Evolving’s 2018 Teacher-Powered Schools Conference, which will attract educators from across the country to explore how teachers are using shared leadership and collaborative decision making to design and run student-centered schools. A key strand of their conference is "Student-Centered Learning: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion."
3/26/2018 $30,000 St. Paul MN
Presidents National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) is an independent nonprofit that works to strengthen and preserve the nonprofit sector and improve its ability to represent and serve individuals politically, economically, or socially disadvantaged, by promoting greater philanthropic openness and accountability, and responsiveness to these individuals.

Project Description 
Through a comprehensive program of research, advocacy, communications, and outreach, NCRP illuminates best practices for effective foundation funding of underserved communities, reports on sector funding trends, examines and shares successes and failures of individual foundations, and recognizes and highlights the work of exemplary foundations.
3/26/2018 $9,000 Washington DC