It's 2014. so why is our education

system still designed as if it's 1914?

Our public education system was designed for an era that no longer exists. A high school diploma is no longer an indicator of future success. Today's students must leave high school prepared for success in some type of post-secondary schooling or training. They must be equipped with the "new basics"- skills like creativity, communication, and collaboration. 

At the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, we're supporting grantmaking efforts to re-shape our education system to be more student-centered.

We envision an education system where learning transcends the traditional school calendar and setting. We envision a system where students progress based upon mastery of a skill or topic, rather than time spent in a classroom.

And hey - students shouldn't be bored in the classroom. Let's reshape our system so that learning is personalized, and students have a true voice in their education.


The success of our nation's future depends on our education system.

Let's make sure our students are ready.

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Featured Research

The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement

The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement

Competency education is attracting significant interest as a promising way to help meet our national priority of ensuring that all young people are ready for college and careers.


 

Larry O'Toole Award

Congratulations to Derek Pierce, Principal at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine on winning NMEF’s 3rd annual Larry O’Toole Award!  The award is given out each year to an individual or organization that has exhibited great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward. Read the press release.
 

                    

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