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New NMEF Report: Community Organizing Missing Piece in Education Reform Puzzle

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To improve prospects for the future of both New England and the nation as a whole, the number of people who obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in postsecondary education, work and life must increase dramatically. Many education reform efforts that attempt to achieve this goal through the development of new models of learning often find it difficult to maintain momentum. According to new research synthesized by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, community organizing can offer a much-needed and often-ignored component to education reform efforts and can help ensure long-term sustainability of school and district improvement.

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Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learners

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A new report makes the case for young people to be assessed and advanced through the K-12 education process based on their own timeline of achieving pre-determined competencies, rather than the current policy of advancing learners based primarily on seat time. The report, When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learners was released today by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Support for the report was provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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NMEF Grants Recognize Efforts to put students at the center of learning

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Thirteen schools and organizations have been selected as recipients of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Opportunity Fund awards. The awards recognize the work of organizations and schools across New England that promote student-centered learning and test or expand upon any one of the Foundation’s strategic change components: model development, policy change, and public understanding and demand. The schools and organizations have each received grants of up to $75,000 for a period of up to three years.

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