ENGAGING THE PUBLIC
Through our Public Understanding and Demand initiative
, we’re supporting New England communities to increase awareness of and build broad support for new approaches that help reshape public education.
Parents Advocate For Student-Centered Learning
The Foundation is supporting Portland Empowered
’s efforts to build public understanding and demand for student-centered learning among parents in Portland, ME. Their work has led to the development of the Parent Engagement Manifesto
and the formation of a committee
which seeks solutions to strengthen marginalized voices after immigrant parents advocated for changes in district policies.
Maine Reports On Student-Centered Learning
The Foundation is supporting Maine Public Broadcasting
in the creation of a student-centered learning focused reporting initiative. Some of their recent pieces include a piece on Maine’s proficiency standards
and an article about a teacher who uses design principles to bring personalized learning into his classroom
Through our Building Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Initiative,
we’re aiming to empower educators to implement high quality, rigorous and equitable student-centered practices
in their classrooms and districts through projects like principal and teacher fellowships.
Spreading Blended Learning
The Foundation is supporting the Highlander Institute’s FUSE-RI Fellowship Program
, which trains educators and administrators in the design, implementation, and support of personalized learning initiatives, and then partners them with schools around Rhode Island to assess readiness and help disseminate the best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs.
A Competency-Based Educator Program
The Foundation is supporting the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning
- a pioneering graduate school and education lab innovating around competency-based teacher education in the STEM subjects. Learn more
DESIGNING EFFECTIVE SCHOOL SYSTEMS
Through our Develop Effective Systems Design Initiative,
we’re supporting the transformation of state and local policy and practice towards student-centered approaches.
CAPSS Embraces Personalized Learning
The Foundation is supporting the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) with a three year grant to further their work on student-centered learning in Connecticut. CAPSS’ vision of student-centered learning can be seen in their NextEd: Next Steps report, and their policy agenda.
Students Take Ownership In Pittsfield
Pittsfield Middle High School’s Extended Learning Opportunities give students the opportunity to research, experiment, and pursue subjects that are meaningful and relevant to them while learning core competencies.
BUILDING THE EVIDENCE BASE
Through our Advance Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices Initiative
, we’re focused on building a research base of evidence supporting student-centered learning, evaluating student-centered practices in high schools, developing researcher-practitioner collaborations, and establishing criteria for what it takes to put high quality, student-centered learning into practice.
Continuous Improvement In Math Classes
The Foundation is partnering with the American Institutes for Research
to create the Better Math Teaching Network
, which looks to support teacher understanding of and collaboration around using improvement science principles to create and deploy student-centered strategies in Algebra 1 classrooms.
A Student-Centered Research Collaborative
The Foundation, with support from the Overdeck Foundation
, is partnering with Jobs for the Future
to create The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative
, a first-of-its-kind initiative supporting new and innovative basic exploratory research to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and catalyze the development of approaches that help practitioners and policymakers apply student-centered learning research in their unique settings. Meet the Research Collaborative Fellows here