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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning  

Partnered with Massachusetts public schools, the WW Academy offers competency-based master’s degree programs leading to licensure in middle and secondary math and science teacher education, with school leadership and professional development programs to follow. Teacher candidates will progress through the curriculum by mastery of the competencies, graduating when they have mastered all of the competencies. 
 

Grant Description  

The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy), a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson (WW) National Education Foundation and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 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. 

4/5/2019 $200,000 Cambridge MA
Presidents National Public Education Support Fund

National Public Education Support Fund 

The National Public Education Support Fund convenes and supports a vibrant and diverse learning community of foundations, policymakers, and thought leaders who share a common commitment to lifting the learning and life outcomes of all children in America. Their goal is to facilitate greater connectivity, communication, and alignment among multi-stakeholder networks to realize the power of public education as the bedrock for an inclusive democracy and broadly shared prosperity. 
 

Grant Description  

Shared Systems will use the Partnership’s vision and values to foster system as well as school-level exemplars of reform, along with new narratives, structures, tools and policies that can advance community efforts to renovate and transform systems so that they support the development and adaptation of new learning practices and outcomes. It will utilize the Partnership’s approach to field alignment and network-building by researching and identifying like-minded efforts focused on system change and establishing a working group of potential partners both within and beyond the Partnership’s network that can develop and share frameworks and tools. 

3/27/2019 $100,000 Washington DC
Develop Effective Systems Designs Massachusetts Communities Action Network

Massachusetts Communities Action Network 

MCAN is a network of seven faith- and values-based community organizations working for economic and racial justice. Their faith and values and their critical racial analysis call us to fight for a Massachusetts where every person can live a life of dignity. They believe that those closest to the issues are the best suited to lead our campaigns, and their organizing approach includes storytelling, relationship building, and training to develop the power of community leaders. 
 

Grant Description 

This is a one-time grant to support MCAN's work in 2019 to increase access to quality CTE seats and work on strategies and advocacy for additional state revenues for K-12 public education. 

3/26/2019 $75,000 Dorchester MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand A Better Way Foundation

A Better Way Foundation   

A Better Way Foundation (ABWF) is a statewide organization that has utilized research, education, advocacy and organizing in order to decarcerate residents, decriminalize behavior, and revitalize communities across the state of Connecticut.    
 

Grant Description 

Hearing Youth Voices will focus on piloting a credit bearing college class for some of its members, building an education justice platform and increasing its base. 

3/26/2019 $30,000 Hartford CT
Presidents Growth Philanthropy Network

Growth Philanthropy Network 

The primary goal of the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN) is to create a growth capital marketplace that can consistently finance the scale-up of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. In 2010, realizing that a cross-sector effort was needed to establish a marketplace, GPN established its signature initiative, the Social Impact Exchange. All of GPN’s work is currently conducted through the Exchange. The Social Impact Exchange is dedicated to building a capital marketplace that scales proven solutions to improve the lives of millions. 
 

Grant Description 

The Education Working Group (EWG) is a collaborative of approximately 25 education funders, who are working together to identify, vet and co-fund education initiatives that can lead to large scale impact. The Learning Community enables EWG members and other education funders to learn about the most current thinking and research on achieving large-scale impact in education. 

3/4/2019 $50,000 New York NY
Build Public Understanding & Demand Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management 

The mission of the Yale School of Management is educating leaders for business and society. The school’s students, faculty, and alumni are committed to understanding the complex forces transforming global markets and using that understanding to build organizations—in the for-profit, nonprofit, entrepreneurial, and government sectors—that contribute lasting value to society. 
 

Grant Description  

The 13th Annual Conference will explore the role of educational institutions and leaders in promoting economic empowerment, racial equity, and social mobility. Through interactive panels, small group sessions, and keynotes, the conference will examine the often varying strategies districts, schools, and policy-makers have used to try to empower students, families and communities. Speakers will discuss the complex relationships between schools and social movements, the relationship between education and life-outcomes, as well as innovative solutions designed to create lasting social change through education. 

3/4/2019 $10,000 New Haven CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand More Than Words

More Than Words 

More Than Words is a job training and youth development program that empowers over 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by taking charge of our $4M bookselling business. MTW believes that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success and create concrete action plans for their lives. 
 

Grant Description 

On May 17, 2019, more than one hundred passionate community and business leaders will join the More Than Words staff and youth team for their annual MUCH More Than Breakfast. Together in their bigger and bolder new bookstore, they will celebrate our 15th year of empowering youth, speak directly with young people about their experiences, hear from a featured guest, and support the critical mission of MTW. 

3/4/2019 $5,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Junior Achievement Worldwide

Junior Achievement Worldwide 

As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship. For 100 years, JA has delivered hands on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. They create pathways for employability, job creation, and financial success. 
 

Grant Description 

This sponsorship supports JA Worldwide and JA of Northern New England collaborating to host the Centennial Gala here in Boston on May 2, which is the global highlight of the Centennial year. Taking place at the State Room in Boston, the event is expected to attract global and local JA Board Members, CEO’s, supporters, alumni, dignitaries, and others from around the world for what will be a truly special evening that both celebrates JA’s 100 years, and will look to the future for JA as they consider their next 100! Prior to the evening event there will be an executive forum put together in partnership with MIT focused on the topic of innovation and the future of work that will include speakers, panels, and breakouts focused on these important topics. 

3/4/2019 $5,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Dover School District

Dover School District 

The Dover School District is made up of approximately 4200 students and 600 employees. The Dover Career and Technical Center (CTC) provides students with an education that combines rigorous academic and technical study, preparing them for the world of work and continued education. Placing an emphasis on project-based learning, the CTC employs highly qualified instructors who bring years of experience from the industry into the classroom, creating strong connections between theory and practice. 
 

Grant Description  

As part of this grant, district leaders work closely with coaching teams from Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement the engagement plan developed in Year 3. This grant will focus on building the capacity of the district to design, execute, and sustain authentic student, family and community engagement strategies for the purposes of shaping and influencing the future of learning in Dover. 

3/4/2019 $5,000 Dover NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc

COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc 

Guided by its fundamental objective—to raise the expectations of youth—COMPASS Youth Collaborative fulfills its mission by offering high-quality programs and services designed to enrich youth, empower residents, build assets through partnerships and build peace in the community. They do this through our Community Schools and Peacebuilders Initiatives. 
 

Grant Description  

This is a continuation of the previous work and COMPASS will continue to work within Hartford Schools to expand Restorative Justice Efforts but focused on youth training youth on the importance of repairing the damage caused and implementing restorative circles. 

3/4/2019 $30,000 Hartford CT