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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand Reaching Higher NH
Reaching Higher NH
Reaching Higher NH’s mission is to foster support for high standards in public schools, giving all New Hampshire children the opportunity to prepare for college, for immediate careers, and for the challenges and opportunities of life in 21st Century New Hampshire. The group serves as a nonpartisan 501c3 public education policy and community engagement resource for New Hampshire families, educators, and elected officials.

Project Description 

This one-year grant of $150,000 will support Reaching Higher NH from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019 for their work leading the New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness (Alliance). The Alliance will bring together key grasstops education, business, and community leaders as well as grassroots organizations and leaders from across the state to focus on two coordinated efforts: policy engagement at the state level that leverages influencers and community advocates; and direct support to communities to strengthen locally-developed and owned strategies to improve college and career readiness.

10/3/2018 $150,000 Concord NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Youth In Action

Youth In Action 

YIA is a partnership between youth, adults, and community where youth are supported to be at the forefront of creating positive social change. YIA supports urban teens to reach their personal leadership goals, enroll in higher education, and create positive change in their communities. 

Project Description 

This grant will continue to support YIA youth voice and the Youth Leadership Institute and will contribute to solidifying youth's support of student-centered learning.

9/28/2018 $30,000 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Lewiston Public Schools

Lewiston Public Schools 

Lewiston Public Schools (LPS) is a school district headquartered in Lewiston, Maine.  

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Lewiston, ME, which is entering their second year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to develop a comprehensive engagement plan, aimed at reaching a diverse coalition of student, family, and community stakeholders and to embed the principles of authentic engagement into the district and school priorities and activities.

9/28/2018 $20,000 Lewiston ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand SAU #6

SAU #6 

SAU #6 is comprised of two school districts, Claremont and Unity. Claremont School District has 3 elementary schools, a middle school, high school and regional technical center. Additionally, it has a preschool center and an adult learning center. Unity School District is a K-8 school.   

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Claremont, NH, which is entering their third year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy, which was developed as part of their year 1 funding. This includes integrating engagement strategies into the district's day-to-day operations, recruiting and developing a local coalition to support the engagement work, and networking with other districts and schools carrying our similar strategies.

9/28/2018 $10,000 Claremont NH
Build Public Understanding & Demand Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools 

Approximately 3,800 students are currently enrolled in the Salem Public Schools. They are a diverse and welcoming community that promotes the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each student through the equitable delivery of challenging, relevant, and joyful learning experiences. They empower all students to chart a personalized path to success that includes a commitment to the common good. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Salem, MA, which is entering their final year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. This includes integrating engagement strategies into the district's day-to-day operations, recruiting and developing a local coalition to support the engagement work, and networking with other districts and schools carrying our similar strategies.

9/28/2018 $15,000 Salem MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Lawrence Public Schools

Lawrence Public Schools 

Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) is a mid-sized urban school district that serves approximately 12,000 students. In November 2011, Lawrence became the first school district in the Commonwealth to enter receivership status. Receivership created an unprecedented opportunity for the district to embark upon an effective, dramatic turnaround effort. The receivership has currently been renewed for an additional three years and an end date has not been designated. The mission of the turnaround plan and LPS is to close the opportunity and academic gap between our students and their peers across the Commonwealth. They seek to achieve this through a common vision for high-quality instruction, a re-imagined urban school system, and a close collaboration with the Lawrence community. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for Lawrence, MA, which is entering their third year as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, they will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. This includes integrating engagement strategies into the district's day-to-day operations, recruiting and developing a local coalition to support the engagement work, and networking with other districts and schools carrying our similar strategies.

9/28/2018 $23,000 Lawrence Ma
Build Public Understanding & Demand New Bedford Public Schools

New Bedford Public Schools 

 New Bedford Public Schools is a school district serving New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States. They are committed to developing a community of learners who are academically proficient, demonstrate strong character and exhibit self-confidence. 

Project Description 

This is a capacity-building grant for New Bedford, MA, as part of the PU&D engagement project. With this grant, the distrcit will work with Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement their engagement strategy. Specifically, New Bedford will integrate student, family and community engagement strategies into the day-to-day operations of the district and its schools, continue recruitment and development of their local coalition, and network with other districts and schools carrying out similar engagement strategies.

9/28/2018 $20,000 New Bedford MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Youth In Action

Youth In Action 
YIA is a partnership between youth, adults, and community where youth are supported to be at the forefront of creating positive social change. YIA supports urban teens to reach their personal leadership goals, enroll in higher education, and create positive change in their communities. 

Project Description 

YIA will use $10,000 to conduct a visual identity audit and create a cohesive visual identity design and to develop infographic tools that explain its work. At the end of this proposed work, Youth In Action will have a comprehensive visual identity, a brand that matches its work, and a responsive website that will emphasize accessible materials on its model of youth change. $5,000 will be used to support an emerging Language Justice group that is designed to advocate for ELL student support services and district wide policies, address the social/emotional learning gap ELL student experience, through a tailored social justice curriculum, and educate the broader community on the complex ELL experience through installation and workshops.

9/28/2018 $15,000 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Teachers College Columbia University

Teachers College Columbia University 

Teachers College, Columbia University is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology. Teachers College sees its leadership role in two complementary arenas. One is as a major player in policy-making to ensure that schools are reformed and restructured to welcome all students regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. The other is in preparing educators who not only serve students directly but also coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages. 

Project Description  

The New England Reporting Initiative allows The Hechinger Report to expand their reporting on student-centered learning and other education innovations gaining traction throughout the New England region. Many of New England’s traditional print newspapers and other media outlets do not have journalists with specialized knowledge covering the education beat. Many local reporters lack the necessary journalism training and experience to report on innovations in classrooms transitioning to a student-centered learning environment. Deep and sophisticated education coverage is needed to ensure the public has the information needed to become a constructive part of the conversation about the systems and practices in their communities.

9/24/2018 $175,000 New York NY
Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks 

In June 2017, Third Sector New England became TSNE MissionWorks. This name speaks to their ongoing investment in the missions of their clients and partners, and their collaborations far beyond the borders of New England. Along with their new name, they gained a new tagline: Partners in Social Change. These words speak to their role as a committed partner to mission-driven organizations—and the role of those partnerships in driving social change. 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. 

Project Description 

The Teacher Collaborative fosters collaboration, empowers innovation, and creates meaningful professional learning opportunities for educators in schools, districts, and sectors across Massachusetts. The work is based on a hypothesis that teachers are more likely to realize enduring instructional change if those changes are (a) informed by research, (b) learned and refined in classrooms, and (c) supported by expert facilitation and a community of peers. This project supports the Teacher Collaborative’s three core programs: co-labs for innovation, educator exchange, and virtual network. These programs offer teachers, schools, and districts a way to operationalize high-quality professional learning that advances student and teacher learning.

8/30/2018 $277,993 Boston MA