It's 2015. so why is our education system still designed as if it's 1915?

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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Pittsfield Middle High School 


Pittsfield, New Hampshire’s Middle High School has recently adopted a system that flips the traditional model of teaching through student-led discussion and independent projects. Listen to journalist Emily Richmond and English teacher Jenny Wellington discuss how students and teachers feel about the new model.


Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning
A series of studies commissioned by Nellie Mae examine how to ensure that all students – especially those who are underserved – get an opportunity to reach college and career readiness.

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