Building on What Works: 2017 Education Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy;Race and Ethnicity

Building on What Works: 2017 Education Philanthropy Report

Great Lakes 2017 Education Philanthropy Report shares how we're building on 50 years of experience and a strong body of evidence from experts in the field to help knock down barriers to college completion, with particular focus on those that disproportionately affect students of color, students from low-income households and first-generation students. The report details several of the grants we launched in 2017 and a summary of our goals for the coming year.

February 2018

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

Summer Learning Findings Report: 2017 Summer Programs

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Summer Learning Findings Report: 2017 Summer Programs

Out-of-school time (OST) programs, especially summer programs, offer critical support to schools, youth, and their families. Research indicates that OST programs are more than just a safe haven for youth. High quality OST programs can support youth academically and socially.  Some studies show that minorities and youth in low-income communities benefit even more than their more affluent peers suggesting that OST programs are especially important for these young people.

Public schools in Oakland serve a large proportion of youth who typically benefit from additional learning supports, including students from low-income households (73%) and English Learners (31%). High quality OST programs provide additional opportunities for youth to practice the academic and social skills they need to succeed. 

January 2018

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NAZ 2016 Annual Report: Including Accomplishments Over Five Years as a Promise Neighborhood

Education and Literacy;Parenting and Families;Poverty

NAZ 2016 Annual Report: Including Accomplishments Over Five Years as a Promise Neighborhood

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a collaboration of community organizations whose mission is to build a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis to assure all youth graduate from high school college-ready. The NAZ model is a two-generational approach that offers services simultaneously to children and their parents. This annual report details the findings and accomplishments over five years as a Promise Neighborhood.

February 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota / Hennepin County / Minneapolis

Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

When students have a love of learning and a desire to succeed ─ when they are genuinely engaged with their school and their education ─ they are more likely to learn. Since student engagement is a leading indicator of academic achievement and persistence in school as well as a key element of school climate, educators can greatly benefit from measuring it. So, what does engagement look like, according to the students themselves? To answer this question, YouthTruth analyzed survey responses from over 230,000 students in grades three through twelve. The data was gathered between November 2012 and June 2017 through YouthTruth's anonymous online climate and culture survey, administered in partnership with school districts and charter management organizations across 36 states. Our analysis looked at a subset of questions related to student engagement and uncovered some key insights.

December 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy;Race and Ethnicity

2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

At Great Lakes we focus on helping students of color, students from low-income families and those who are the first in theirfamilies to attend college. These underserved students have the most to gain from earning a degree or credential, but face the steepest challenges in getting there. One of the first barriers they need to overcome is "summer melt." The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned by three high school districts during the development and launch of a summer melt texting program.

October 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

Computers and Technology;Education and Literacy

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education across the globe. All of the topics were selected by an expert panel that represented a range of backgrounds and perspectives.

June 2017

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NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

Education and Literacy

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.

June 2017

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