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

Great Schools Partnership 

The mission of Great Schools Partnership 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. 

Grant Description 

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

7/12/2019 $298,000 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand Project LEARN, Inc.

Project LEARN, Inc. 

Project LEARN, Inc. is a free-standing 501 (3)(c) nonprofit organization committed to building capacity in the Lowell Public Schools (LPS) towards the ultimate goals of increasing access to early childhood education, lowering the disproportionately high dropout rate, ensuring more students access higher education upon graduation, and other measures that support student achievement. Project LEARN accomplishes these objectives by supporting the LPS in strategic planning, resource development, etc. 

Grant Description 

As part of this grant, district leaders work closely with coaching teams from Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement engagement plan developed in Year 2. This grant will focus on building the capacity of the district to design, execute, and sustain authentic student, family and community engagement strategies for the purposes of shaping and influencing the future of learning in Lowell.  
This grant is a formal partnership between Project LEARN and the Lowell Public Schools, and will focus on building the capacity of both entities to design, execute, and sustain authentic student, family and community engagement strategies for the purposes of shaping and influencing the future of learning in Lowell. 

7/12/2019 $10,000 Lowell MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Meriden Public Schools

Meriden Public Schools 

Meriden Public Schools will 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. 

Grant Description 

The Leadership Academy is a one-year learning experience that includes professional development on various facets of effective leadership. Meriden will strengthen the existing program by: Providing a cohort of 12 Equity Leaders (5 teachers from Maloney High School and 5 from Platt High School, 1 middle school teacher and 1 elementary school teacher) with an expanded Leadership Academy experience rooted in racial equity; building leadership capacity for racial equity of 12 teachers since teacher leadership is integral to the transformation of high schools into racially equitable student-centered learning environments; and providing engaging professional learning activities at a variety of venues outside traditional settings to deepen understanding of racial equity through discussions. 

6/28/2019 $200,000 Meriden CT
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools 

Salem Public Schools is 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. Salem Public Schools empower all students to chart a personalized path to success that includes a commitment to the common good. 

Grant Description 

SPS will build upon last year’s work by providing intensive support to new coaches and high school coaches, so they can quickly and effectively build the capacity of early career teachers to create personalized, student-centered learning experiences. Salem has chosen to focus their support on the high school campus in order to provide high-touch support at a campus that will have lots of new teachers and new coaches, though new coaches from other schools will be included in district-wide trainings. Building on the work from the last grant cycle, in SY2019-20, SPS will manage the New Teacher Institute in-house and share newly developed tools and resources with experienced coaches. 

6/28/2019 $129,981 Salem MA
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Windham Public Schools

Windham Public Schools 

Windham Public Schools provides all students equitable access to a high-quality education and graduates students who are prepared to become productive members of society. The school district and community hold a commitment to support cultural and linguistic diversity, deep student engagement, and the pursuit of lifelong learning. 

Grant Description 

In the second year of the grant, Windham Public Schools plans to expand to 16 Equity Fellows to incorporate all schools within the district. These Equity Fellows will also be expected to produce a student-centered project that is developed through an equity lens by the end of the grant. Funding will target building educator capacity to: look closely at curricula and redesign units to be more student-centered using Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project (STEP) Framework;  experience using protocols (Consultancies, Looking at Student Work, Tunings, and more) as routine tools to reveal and right inequitable practices; build familiarity with facilitative leadership in order to take the reins of this work in service of student-centered learning and equitable practices. 

6/28/2019 $194,390 Willimantic CT
Develop Effective Systems Designs New Hampshire Learning Initiative

New Hampshire Learning Initiative 

The mission of New Hampshire Learning Initiative is accelerating innovation in K-12 education to move schools forward in helping our students become competent and confident adults, able to pursue the futures they seek in college, career, and beyond. NHLI serves as the R&D arm and a consistent source of next generation improvements for New Hampshire public education. 

Grant Description  

This is an exit grant to support the implementation of the Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) effort. 

6/28/2019 $295,000 Hampton NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Growth Philanthropy Network

Growth Philanthropy Network 

The primary goal of the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN) is to create a growth capital marketplace that can consistently finance the scale-up of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. In 2010, realizing that a cross-sector effort was needed to establish a marketplace, GPN established its signature initiative, the Social Impact Exchange. All of GPN’s work is currently conducted through the Exchange. The Social Impact Exchange is dedicated to building a capital marketplace that scales proven solutions to improve the lives of millions.

Grant Description  

This is a six month grant to finish design of strategies for this effort and move into acton steps to begin implementation. 

6/28/2019 $319,445 New York NY
Develop Effective Systems Designs The Education Trust

The Education Trust 

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through their research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, increase college access and completion particularly for historically underserved students, engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity, and increase political and public will to act on equity issues. 

Grant Description 

This exit grant will support the Education Trust state director and other resources in supporting the Massachusetts Education Equity Project in its continued growth into a state coalition for equity.

6/27/2019 $100,000 Washington DC
Develop Effective Systems Designs The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York Univers

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University 

NYU Metro Center promotes equity and opportunity in education through engaged science work: applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis, community engagement, and professional assistance to educational, governmental, and community agencies serving vulnerable populations. NYU Metro Center is mission driven, as spelled out in their theory of action and logic model. 

Grant Description  

NYU Metro Center will continue documenting learning in our six Root Causes districts. This will include collecting data, holding District Advisory Group meetings, refining the root causes continuum, and writing reports with findings. 

6/27/2019 $200,000 New York NY
Build Public Understanding & Demand New Haven Ecology Project

New Haven Ecology Project 

New Haven Ecology Project’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse community of children, adults, and families. NHEP accomplishes that in three ways: 1) Common Ground High School, preparing 200 city students for success in college, career and community; 2) An Environmental Education Center, connecting 15,000 people to programs strengthening connection to the natural world; and, 3) An Urban Farm, serving as a laboratory for environmental teaching and learning. 

Grant Description 

Feast from the Fields is a fundraiser for New Haven Ecology Project, commonly known as "Common Ground." The Feast celebrates the New Haven community, effective education, urban sustainability, and the fall harvest with 250 people in support of Common Ground’s environmentally themed public charter high school, urban farm, and community environmental programs. The event features tastings from famous New Haven chefs, live music, great company, and auction items celebrating our environmental mission. The Foundation’s sponsorship for this event will specifically support the Common Ground High School, which utilizes an “environmental learning” program that encourages students to learn beyond the school room and bells. 

6/17/2019 $5,000 New Haven CT