OVERVIEW: The Carnegie Corporation of New York supports public education in the U.S. through its comprehensive funding program. It's education initiatives include leadership and teaching, new designs to advance learning, pathways to post-secondary success, public understanding and integration, learning and innovation.
IP TAKE: The Carnegie Corporation of New York invests in public education through its comprehensive grants program. Its initiatives are leadership and teaching, new designs to advance learning, pathways to post-secondary success, public understanding and integration learning and innovation. This funder accepts letters of inquiry through its online application portal.
PROFILE: The Carnegie Corporation of New York was founded in 1911 by the industrialist Andrew Carnegie and is known as "America's oldest grant making foundation." The corporation aims to "promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," prioritizing "international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy." Its four stated initiatives are education, democracy, international peace and security and higher education and research in Africa.
Carnegie's comprehensive education program emphasizes the need for public education in the U.S. to provide "all students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy." To this end, the corporation has named five focus areas: leadership and teaching, new designs to advance learning, pathways to post-secondary success, public understanding and integration, learning and innovation. The leadership and teaching subprogram prioritizes the recruitment, preparation and development of teachers for today's diverse classrooms. One grantee, the National Science Teacher's Association, has used funding to develop the online Next Generation Science Standards database, which aims improve teachers access to and understanding of the requirements and expectations of science curricula. Carnegie's new designs to advance learning program aims to develop and implement "whole school" models that enhance learning, while the pathways to post-secondary success program supports efforts to align K-12 standards with the expectations and requirements of higher education. Some funded projects have addressed both of initiatives simultaneously; New Classrooms Innovation Partners has used funding to develop its Teach to One math program, which uses individualized instruction in technology-enhanced classrooms to improve mastery of mathematics standards. The focus of Carnegie's pubic understanding program is family engagement in K-12 education. One grantee, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, has developed an informational program that helps stakeholders, including families, recognize how K-12 educational choices impact career pathways for students. Combining the priorities of Carnegie's other education sub-programs, the integration, learning and innovation initiative aims to integrate a broad scope of research findings and best practices findings to support a model of public education that "embraces complexity, interdependence and nuanced implementation."
Carnegie Corporation's education grants range from $15,000 to over $1 million, with most grants falling between $200,000 and $600,000. A searchable database of grantees is available on the Carnegie Corporation website.
This funder accepts letters of inquiry on a rolling basis through its application portal.
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