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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Develop Effective Systems Designs Berlin Public Schools

Berlin Public Schools 

Berlin Public Schools will foster active, lifelong learners to participate constructively in community and global affairs through: Rigorous Standards, Personalized Learning, Community and Family Engagement, Communication and Collaboration, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, Ethical Use of Information. 

Grant Description  

BPS, with support from its partner, SAU 20, will build on the momentum they created this past year and move into an advocacy role for the region by engaging consultants to represent the region at the State level on issues related to equitable school funding structures. BPS and SAU 20, with support from New Hampshire Listens, will work to enhance opportunities for tighter collaboration around curriculum, extracurricular activities, and a deeper examination of their schools’ impact on the social mobility of students. 

12/19/2018 $200,000 Berlin NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Granite State Organizing Project

Granite State Organizing Project 

Granite State Organizing Project’s community organizing builds capacity and power in middle, low income and minority communities in Manchester, Nashua and Goffstown. Community organizing empowers people to be effectively involved in defining problems, envisioning effective, bottom up solutions and leading campaigns for positive change. GSOP trains and mentors emerging non-traditional leaders as they take on active roles in the civic life of their communities and advocate for themselves. 

Grant Description  

This grant will provide operating support to Granite State Organizing Project.  

12/19/2018 $45,000 Manchester NH
Develop Effective Systems Designs CAPSS Education Foundation Inc.

CAPSS Education Foundation Inc. 

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, CAPSS, is a Professional Association of Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents with over 300 members who constitute the district leadership in the state. The mission of CAPSS is to lead to the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders. 

Grant Description 

This is an exit grant to CAPSS in support of their work on the state funding formula and resources for public education and their Portrait of a Graduate work (both mostly via sub contracts with consultants). 

12/19/2018 $175,000 West Hartford CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand KnowledgeWorks Foundation

KnowledgeWorks Foundation 

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. 

Grant Description 

KnowledgeWorks will contribute to the Foundation’s Public Engagement project through customized workshops designed to deepen some participating districts’ engagement of stakeholders. These workshops will guide participants in exploring what changes on the horizon could mean for education, identifying local opportunities and challenges, and articulating visions for the future of learning in their communities. 

12/19/2018 $171,689 Cincinnati OH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Harvard University, Graduate School of Education- President and Fellows of Harvard College

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education- President and Fellows of Harvard College  

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. 

Grant Description  

By All Means is a national consortium which convenes twice annually at the Education Redesign Lab. Each city sends a municipal team led by city mayors with the aim of partnering with cities as they work to redesign their systems of child wellbeing and education through increased personalization, braided health, human services and education services, and universal access to high quality extended learning time opportunities. The May 2019 convening which this grant will support will be the sixth convening of participating cities in the current By All Means cohort (Louisville, KY; Oakland, CA; Providence, RI; and Salem, Somerville and Newton, MA; Chattanooga/Hamilton, TN, and a statewide initiative from IL). The May 2019 convening will focus on piloting the development of individualized Success Plans for a target group of students along with building the capacity to deliver the services, supports and opportunities those students need; creating or strengthening intermediary organizations able to expand and sustain the cross-sector work; engaging the broader community in the Children’s Cabinets’ process of setting priorities; and leveraging or raising additional funding to expand programming. 

12/19/2018 $100,000 Cambridge MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand United We Dream

United We Dream 

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. They create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to support, engage, and empower them to make their voice heard and win! Whether they’re organizing in the streets, building cutting edge technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat to strategize, innovate and win. 

Grant Description  

For 2019, Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D) will be focusing their priorities on integration of College-Access Programming (CAP), after-school programming, and organizing efforts, as well as the #LiveUnafraid campaign framework.  

12/19/2018 $75,000 Washington DC
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks 

TSNE MissionWorks provides information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of their work is to create a more just and democratic society. 

Grant Description 

Through facilitated opportunities to discuss TNTP's "Opportunity Myth" report, the Teacher Collaborative seeks to aid educators in making real changes by advancing the findings of the research into their classrooms, schools, and contexts. The Teacher Collaborative sees this as an opportunity to bridge the gap between research and reality and to engage educators in using research to collaboratively solve problems, with educators designing and testing the solutions. 

12/19/2018 $34,996 Boston MA
Build Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices RAND Corporation

RAND Corporation 

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Quality and objectivity are their two core values. For more than six decades, RAND has used rigorous, fact-based research and analysis to help individuals, families, and communities throughout the world be safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. 

Grant Description  

In 2017, RAND developed innovative, high-quality measures of student-centered learning in classrooms and schools and developed a user guide and Toolkit to support use of the measures. Throughout 2018, RAND worked to collect evidence of validity and reliability of the Toolkit. To-date, the RAND team has recruited districts to participate in using the Toolkit and has fielded the student, educator, district leader and school leader surveys in each site. The RAND team is developing an interactive way to share each district’s survey data with them, conduct survey debriefing interviews, collect administrative and demographic data from sites, and plan site visits. 

12/19/2018 $249,960 Pittsburgh PA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Young Voices

Young Voices 

Young Voices is a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization that transforms urban youth into powerful advocates, who partner with our State’s major leaders to create systemic reform and policy change that improve the lives of thousands of youth across the state. 

Grant Description  

This grant provides funding for a to lead a design process with staff and youth/adult Board members to revise organizational messaging and communications, revise the current marketing materials and tools, and training to the Young Voices community on deploying revised messaging. 

12/19/2018 $10,000 Providence RI
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Council of Chief State School Officers

Council of Chief State School Officers  

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. territories. 

Grant Description 

CCSSO is committed to supporting states in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions leaders must master to build and sustain learner-centered, personalized schools and learning environments. For this reason, CCSSO proposes to begin with the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching as they engage in the broader effort to create alignment and coherence across an array of professional standards. 

12/19/2018 $274,000 Washington DC