Urban school districts across the country have struggled to recruit great teachers into high-needs schools and ensure their success. The Carnegie Corporation of New York has long worked on this challenge, and now the foundation has new firepower in this area, recruiting a serious heavy-hitter as their new Program Director for Teaching and Human Capital Management.
SVCF's education grantmaking puts a big emphasis on teacher development and training strategies in the field of mathematics. It recently made a $768,407 commitment to helping Bay Area middle school teachers develop their mathematics instruction skills.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Good Neighbor Grants program awards nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area whose work aligns with the foundation's goals of improving opportunities in K-12 education, college access, and arts education for students from low-income families. The 2014 winners received more than $200,000 in grants.
Carnegie isn't interested in helping high schools merely survive the Common Core. It wants to seize on this coming tsunami to make big changes on how high schools work and help these schools truly thrive. That's an ambitious agenda, but then Carnegie has some deep pockets.
If you're an educator who's yet to get Eli Broad money, now's a good time to suddenly remember that you and Bruce Reed knew each other in college. Or whatever. With a $6.9 billion fortune behind him, the new president of the Broad Education Foundation is going to become one of the powerful figures in U.S. education philanthropy starting, well, now.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation sees the Common Core State Standards not only as a means for ensuring access to a first-class education for all children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, but also as a unique opportunity to foster greater collaboration among the over 50 school districts in its home area.
Under new leadership by a local businessman, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is working to convince Kansas City educators and civic leaders that it still has their interests at heart. A Kauffman-funded report that proposed dismantling the Kansas City Public Schools, however, may have dealt those efforts a slight setback.
A grant from the Hewlett Foundation will help train California teachers to use creative activities and the arts to stimulate student mastery of reading and math — and the activities are aligned with the new Common Core standards being implemented in California and many other states across the country.
During recent years, the NoVo Foundation has been one of the biggest funders of Social and Emotional Learning work. Now, with an announcement of a "pause" in SEL grantmaking, that gravy train seems to be coming to an end. Which is too bad.
Hedge fund manager Sean Fieler chairs the American Principles Project, one of the groups organizing against the Common Core. He has largely bankrolled APP's campaign against the Common Core, which he sees as an attempt to nationalize American education and undermine the role of parents.