The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports districts, organizations, schools and programs aligned with our goal of reshaping education in New England to provide every learner with the skills and knowledge they need for the future.
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Through our Public Understanding and Demand initiative, we’re supporting New England communities to increase awareness of and build broad support for new approaches that help reshape public education.

Parents Advocate For Student-Centered Learning

The Foundation is supporting Portland Empowered’s efforts to build public understanding and demand for student-centered learning among parents in Portland, ME. Their work has led to the development of the Parent Engagement Manifesto and the formation of a committee which seeks solutions to strengthen marginalized voices after immigrant parents advocated for changes in district policies. 

Maine Reports On Student-Centered Learning

The Foundation is supporting Maine Public Broadcasting in the creation of a student-centered learning focused reporting initiative. Some of their recent pieces include a piece on Maine’s proficiency standards and an article about a teacher who uses design principles to bring personalized learning into his classroom.

Supporting Educators

Through our Building Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity Initiative, we’re aiming to empower educators to implement high quality, rigorous and equitable student-centered practices in their classrooms and districts through projects like principal and teacher fellowships.

Spreading Blended Learning

The Foundation is supporting the Highlander Institute’s FUSE-RI Fellowship Program, which trains educators and administrators in the design, implementation, and support of personalized learning initiatives, and then partners them with schools around Rhode Island to assess readiness and help disseminate the best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs.

A Competency-Based Educator Program

The Foundation is supporting the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning - a pioneering graduate school and education lab innovating around competency-based teacher education in the STEM subjects. Learn more



Through our Develop Effective Systems Design Initiative, we’re supporting the transformation of state and local policy and practice towards student-centered approaches.

CAPSS Embraces Personalized Learning

The Foundation is supporting the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) with a three year grant to further their work on student-centered learning in Connecticut. CAPSS’ vision of student-centered learning can be seen in their NextEd: Next Steps report, and their policy agenda.

Students Take Ownership In Pittsfield

Pittsfield Middle High School’s Extended Learning Opportunities give students the opportunity to research, experiment, and pursue subjects that are meaningful and relevant to them while learning core competencies. 




Through our Advance Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices Initiative, we’re focused on building a research base of evidence supporting student-centered learning, evaluating student-centered practices in high schools, developing researcher-practitioner collaborations, and establishing criteria for what it takes to put high quality, student-centered learning into practice.

Continuous Improvement In Math Classes

The Foundation is partnering with the American Institutes for Research to create the Better Math Teaching Network, which looks to support teacher understanding of and collaboration around using improvement science principles to create and deploy student-centered strategies in Algebra 1 classrooms.

A Student-Centered Research Collaborative 

The Foundation, with support from the Overdeck Foundation, is partnering with Jobs for the Future to create The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind initiative supporting new and innovative basic exploratory research to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and catalyze the development of approaches that help practitioners and policymakers apply student-centered learning research in their unique settings. Meet the Research Collaborative Fellows here