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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Develop Effective Systems Designs The Education Trust
  • The Education Trust
    The Education Trust is a nonprofit organization that promotes closing opportunity gaps by expanding excellence and equity in education for students of color and those from low-income families from pre-kindergarten through college. Through research and advocacy, the organization builds and engages diverse communities that care about education equity, increases political and public will to act on equity issues, and increases college access and completion for historically underserved students. 

    Project Description
    This one-year grant supports coalitions in Massachusetts with data and advocacy support to develop and promote strategies to tackle achievement and opportunity gaps. Three components have been outlined: engaging diverse local stakeholders to understand interests and priorities, enabling those stakeholders to learn from equity coalitions in other states, and building their capacity to engage in strategic advocacy.  

6/13/2018 $100,000 Washington D.C.
Develop Effective Systems Designs Meriden Public Schools

Meriden Public Schools 
Meriden Public Schools is located in a small urban city in Meriden, CT. Meriden is described as a microcosm of today's multicultural urban centers. The school system houses approximately 9,000 students in eight elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.  The district’s goal is to provide all students with educational opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to lead productive and self-sustaining lives in a democratic, multicultural society. 


​Project Description

Through the Administrators' Retreat, district administrators will develop a shared agreement on what "defines" equity in the Meriden Public Schools; district administrators will understand the defining elements of an equity-focused classroom, and district administrators will identify next steps at the collective and individual levels for disrupting inequity in the Meriden Public Schools. 


6/13/2018 $12,227 Meriden CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand WGBH Educational Foundation
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
    WGBH-TV, channel 2, is a non-commercial educational PBS member television station located in Boston. The station is owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

    Project Description
    WGBH Radio will expand its coverage of K-12 issues, specifically those with the potential to impact the lives of K-12 students in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Specifically, the project will build WGBH Radio’s capacity by hiring a senior-level reporter to focus exclusively on covering K-12 issues. A solutions-based editorial lens would guide investigations into K-12 topics focusing on education innovation in high schools and efforts by districts, schools, and organizations to implement the principles of student-centered learning - learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based, and happens anytime, anywhere. 

5/29/2018 $150,000 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Pittsfield School District

Pittsfield School District
Pittsfield School District is a school district in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, that includes Pittsfield Elementary School and Pittsfield Middle High School. 

Project Description 
With continued support from consultants from the Center for Secondary School Redesign and Brandeis
University, Pittsfield, New Hampshire will conclude its revision of the district's logic model and mission, vision, and values statements through engagement with a broad range of community stakeholders. This work was begun during the district's final year of DLSC funding. 

5/29/2018 $12,500 Pittsfield NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is a non-profit organization focused on solving social challenges through collaboration. They bring deep knowledge of policy and process and work with leaders and doers to move past divergent views to identify workable solutions to seemingly intractable issues. 

Project Description
This grant will support completion of the first iteration of a powerful learner-centered site visit toolkit for practitioners to self-assess and peer review their progress toward their vision, enrolling and uniting 70-90 learner-centered practitioners from across the country behind the power of the learner-centered movement. 

5/29/2018 $256,762 Washington D.C.
Develop Effective Systems Designs KnowledgeWorks Foundation
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation
    Through its portfolio of school and community approaches, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation provides innovative tools, training and assistance to school leaders, teachers and community stakeholders. By delivering innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies, KnowledgeWorks activates and develops the capacity of communities and educators to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. 

    Project Description
    KnowledgeWorks will engage in an internal capacity-building exercise to refine and enhance the organization’s own advocacy model with the goal of creating and supporting policies that lead to successful implementation of quality SCL, with a specific focus on traditionally underserved populations. This process will include discovery interviews, asset identification, and system design.  

5/7/2018 $47,500 Cincinnatti OH
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning 
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is a teacher preparation program housed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Project Description
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy), seeks to reinvent teacher education, beginning with the preparation of STEM teachers and then broadening its scope to include the full range of subject areas. The WW Academy is an individualized, competency-based program that focuses on outcomes – the skills and knowledge teachers must have to be effective in the classroom and ensure student achievement. It throws out the clock, focusing on a candidate’s mastery of skills and knowledge rather than their seat time.
5/1/2018 $200,000 Princeton NJ
Build Public Understanding & Demand Education Writers Association
Education Writers Association
As the professional organization of members of the media who cover education at all levels, EWA has worked for more than 65 years to help journalists get the story right. Today, EWA has more than 3,000 members benefiting from  high-quality programs, training, information, support, and recognition. 

Project Description
This grant will support the largest professional gathering of education journalists in the nation.
4/16/2018 $7,500.00 Washington D.C.
Build Public Understanding & Demand Alliance for Business Leadership
Alliance for Business Leadership
The Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL) is a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders at all levels who believe that social responsibility and the sustainable growth of the Massachusetts economy go hand in hand and thus are committed to both.

Project Description 
This grant will support ABL Leader Lab 2018, which will focus on moving four areas of the Imagine Boston 2030 plan to implementation: STEM education in public schools, transportation, housing, and climate change.
4/3/2018 $20,000 Boston MA
Grant Opportunities Education Evolving
Education Evolving
Education Evolving is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on improving American public education. Their vision is that student-centered learning opportunities exist for all young people in Minnesota and around the country, in particular those who have been underserved by the current education system.

Project Description 
This grant will support Education Evolving’s 2018 Teacher-Powered Schools Conference, which will attract educators from across the country to explore how teachers are using shared leadership and collaborative decision making to design and run student-centered schools. A key strand of their conference is "Student-Centered Learning: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion."
3/26/2018 $30,000 St. Paul MN