A funder-backed push to improve student outcomes in the Detroit Public Schools hit the skids recently. One clear takeaway is that it's critical to engage parents early in K-12 reform efforts.
As the K-12 population changes rapidly, a report finds that education organizations are not doing enough to ensure that teachers and other leaders look like the kids in school. What's the solution?
There's growing evidence of the gains that come from teaching children soft skills, like how to handle their emotions and feel empathy for others. NoVo is one foundation with a long history, here.
The NewSchools Venture Fund is a player in the charter school movement, but its most ambitious goals involve revolutionizing how students learn. We take a peek inside this outfit with its COO.
Forget charters and choice. The grocery mogul Charles Butt is looking to improve the traditional public schools that educate some 5 million Texas children—a tenth of America's K-12 students.
The Barr Foundation, New England's largest grantmaker, is the latest funder to invest in the redesign of the traditional U.S. high school model. What's driving such efforts?
The Wallace Foundation continues its big push for school districts to develop better systems for recruiting, training and evaluating principals. We look at the latest encouraging news here.
The Sobrato Family Foundation recently expanded its commitment to improve the language and literacy skills of young English learners in California. Here's what's significant about the Sobrato model.
While there's growing research on the effectiveness of after-school and extended learning programs, this isn't an area that attracts a ton of funder attention. We look at one foundation on the case.
New York City charter school network Success Academy has reeled in tens of millions of dollars in gifts from top philanthropists and just won a prize from the Broad Foundation. Bigger things may lie ahead.
Don't be fooled by all the buzz. Plenty of funders in the K-12 space, especially corporations, still support traditional urban school districts. The latest example comes from Minneapolis.
Since embarking on its personalized learning work a year ago, CZI has made major strides in promoting its techno-optimistic vision for revolutionizing education. Where are the latest grants going?
As personalized learning becomes hotter among K-12 funders, some are supporting a new push to change how students are assessed—including by allowing them to design their own assessments.
As part of an ambitious quest to achieve systems change in U.S. society, including in education, LJAF is giving heavily to push a "portfolio model" of school governance. What's this work all about?
A new study on school funding finds that a gap persists between per-pupil funding for charter and traditional public schools. However, it also points to ways in which funders can help address that gap.
Even as many ed reform funders fixate on choice and accountability, inequities in school funding remain a stark fact of life, with poorer kids losing out. Kellogg is giving big to level the playing field in one city.
Another study finds that having teachers of color helps improve the academic performance and high school completion rates of African American students, especially boys. Who's funding in this area?
Last year, Walton announced a new K-12 funding strategy, laying out a game plan to advance school choice. A top WFF leader, Dr. Bruno Manno, tells us how it's going.
Various funder-backed programs train teachers, principals, and even school superintendents. We look at an effort to reach down further in the food chain, to improve other school administrators.
With Chicago's schools facing major funding shortfalls, we look at how local education support is coming from some unexpected places.
Bay Area real estate mogul Dennis J. Wong and his wife Shannon's Bay Area philanthropy focuses on health, education, the arts, and more. We provide an overview.
Educational technology is a keen interest of many philanthropists, especially those from Silicon Valley. NewSchools Venture Fund, one vehicle of such giving, has now set its sights on special ed students.
Poses is a low-profile New York City funder that makes grants in five focus areas with a particular interest in learning and attention issues that affect one in five children.
Wall Street winner Paul Shiverick and his wife Betsy steadily support select schools and education organizations. We take a look.
The Walton Family Foundation is getting behind a school turnaround push in Atlanta with $2.1 million in support. As you might suspect, though, there's a strong charter and choice angle here.
Nowhere has the role of wealthy donors in advancing charters loomed larger in recent years than in Washington State. We look at the latest chapter in an ongoing saga.
The latest annual letter by Bill and Melinda Gates leaves key questions unanswered about where Gates giving might go from here. With $185 billion in play, what might the future hold?
The idea that there's a unified cabal of wealthy donors dedicated to destroying public education has always been simplistic. Eli Broad's opposition to the DeVos nomination underscores why.
Funders who can find the right leverage points for improving big, traditional public school systems can have a huge impact. That's the goal of a $100 million gift in Texas, focusing on leadership.