Imagine an education system where all learners have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
Students engage with learning in different ways, so public schools need student-centered strategies - rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach. Today's innovation economy and diverse society require skills that aren't addressed in a traditional curriculum - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, self-directed learning and social-emotional skills. We're committed to ensuring that all New England students get the education they need - no matter who they are or where they live.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports the people and organizations who contribute to making our public schools the best they can be - including teachers and administrators, policymakers, and thought leaders. To elevate student-centered approaches to learning, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; building a knowledge base around student-centered learning; and increasing public awareness, understanding, support and demand for high quality educational experiences.
Our grantees are making public education more equitable and effective for all learners. We work with schools, districts and organizations to implement the principles of student-centered learning - helping schools strengthen what is working and substantially update and improve practices and policies that are outdated.
Beyond the School Bell
At Pittsfield Middle-High School in New Hampshire, students engage in a variety of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO's) that enable them to explore and find their own passions outside of the classroom.
Teaching and learning looks a lot different in the classrooms of Meriden, Connecticut. Meriden high school students talk about their learning experiences outside of the classroom, and how these experiences have enriched their education.