Revere High School

Open Opportunities

Supporting and Developing Student-Centered Teachers and Administrators at Scale‚Äč
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is pleased to release a new request for proposals to support a twelve to eighteen month grant for state education agencies and public school districts to adopt and implement the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and/or the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered Personalized Education.

Through this grant fund, the Foundation encourages New England states and public school districts with a commitment to student-centered learning and equity to adopt and implement the Educator Competencies and/or Leadership Competencies as part of their: 

  • state-level and/or district-level visioning, goal-setting and strategic planning; 
  • and/or administrators; self-assessment and coaching processes with educators
  • quality improvement; 
  • hiring, induction, and retention programs; 
  • addressing school and district culture; 
  • identifying professional development needs and/or developing a training and development program for teachers and/or leaders; 
  • educator standards and licensure requirements (crosswalks of existing state standards to these standards);
  • and educator and administrator effectiveness systems. 

Our hope is that grant funding will accelerate and expand the adoption of the Competencies and further the alignment of district and state systems with student-centered practices. Additionally, we hope to learn from these efforts, capture learnings and best practices, and share these findings with the field to support and accelerate the spread of systemic student-centered secondary education. 

Please feel free to share this offer widely. Direct questions about the RFP to Alexis Harewood at All questions (except those clearly only relevant to a single organization) will be answered in this FAQ.


Building Teacher Leadership for Student-Centered Learning

We believe that reshaping our education system to ensure that all students are college and career ready cannot happen without the commitment of school leaders. And the leadership of principals alone is simply not enough for expanding student-centered learning practices across the school. Teachers are well-positioned to play leadership roles in these reform efforts, and must be utilized, empowered and trained as leaders to enact changes across schools and districts.
To build capacity for teacher leaders in the New England region, we are releasing the Building Teacher Leadership for Student-Centered Learning RFP. Public school districts are encouraged to apply for up to 18 months of funding to develop and launch or strengthen existing systemic teacher leadership opportunities that build authentic and deep teacher voice and leadership in district-level decision making and implementation of equitable student-centered learning. 

All questions regarding this RFP can be directed to Alexis Harewood at All questions (except those clearly only relevant to a single organization) will be answered via an FAQ updated regularly on the Nellie Mae website.

Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership
Amplifying youth voice and leadership is a critical component of building demand for student-centered learning. That is why, seven years ago, we began supporting youth organizing efforts across the New England region. Through our Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership grant fund, we seek to build the capacity of youth organizing groups, and through funding for the New England Youth Organizing Network (NEYON), we hope to strengthen and network these groups across New England.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) looks to expand the number of organizations that are part of the Amplifying Student Voice and Leadership program and NEYON. Up to five new grantees from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont may be selected. All questions regarding this RFP can be directed to Delia Arellano-Weddleton at Questions will be answered via an FAQ updated regularly on the Nellie Mae website.

Cluster Evaluation of Grassroots Projects
We are pleased to release a request for proposals for an evaluator to conduct the following evaluations surrounding the Foundation’s Grassroots project: 1) a cluster evaluation of the grassroots project as a whole; 2) a summative evaluation of the work of the lead community partners; and 3) a summative evaluation of the impact of technical assistance on the grantees and of the impact of our investment on the capacity of technical assistance providers.

The deadline for intent to submit is November 21, 5:00pm EST. The deadline for proposals is November 29, 12:00pm EST. The Foundation hosted an informational webinar on November 14; you can find a recording of the webinar here. All questions will be answered in this FAQ. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Lerner at

Foundation Strategy and Organization Review and Development Consultant
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation seeks a creative, experienced, thought-provoking and well organized team of consultants to facilitate a strategic and organizational review process. We expect that this will result in a multiyear Strategy Frame that is developed through an equity lens as well as pragmatic recommendations for shaping the Foundation’s organizational structure. We ask that you let us know if you will be submitting a proposal by December 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. The proposal submission deadline is December 11, 2017 at 12PM EST. You can submit any questions to Stephanie Cheney at

Understanding Root Causes of Inequities
This RFP will provide New England school districts with one-year grants to facilitate inclusive, participatory, and transparent district-community processes that accomplish the following: 1) analyze barriers to equitably preparing all students (e.g., Black and Latino students, English language learners, special education students, and low-income students) to graduate from high school ready for college and career, and 2) identify student-centered practices and other appropriate interventions that will address the identified equity barriers. The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 11, 2017 at 12:00pm EST. If you have any questions, please email Marcos Popovich at Questions will be answered via an FAQ updated regularly on the Nellie Mae website.

To learn more about our general grantmaking, visit our Grants FAQ's page, learn about current grantees, or sign up for grant opportunity alerts.

If you are interested in event sponsorships, please take this quiz.
*Please note that if you complete the eligibility requirements for applying for an event sponsorship, you will be directed to our grants portal, Foundation Connects. If you have never created an account with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Connects portal, you should create an account as a “New Portal User.”
Once you are logged in, you will be prompted to fill out an application form about your event. Once you submit your request, you should get an email confirming that it has been submitted to the Foundation. If you have any questions about event sponsorships, please contact Chiara Wegener. If you have any questions about general grantmaking, please contact Ellen Wang.
If you do not complete the eligibility requirements for the event sponsorship quiz, you will be directed to sign up for our email listservs, where you can get alerts about open grant opportunities.