Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus + Cross-Disciplinary Models

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus + Cross-Disciplinary Models

This is a study of the distinctive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to do so, reports to upper administration (provost or vice president of research). Among research universities within the Association of American Universities (AAU), 19 were identified, and 18 agreed to participate in this study. Directors are sent a 71-question survey in January 2017 that covered issues of Governance, Research, Education, Engagement, Campus Operations and Best Practices.

May 2017

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US Public Education Policy: Missing Voices

Education and Literacy

US Public Education Policy: Missing Voices

Public education is a cornerstone of democracy. In the U.S., however, a growing number of families are withdrawing from the public school system, by choice or because that is their only option. Many of these families did try public school, but found it did not meet the needs of their children at at that time and place. Dismissing all homeschoolers as anti-school would be an unfortunate mischaracterization.

May 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

With over half of jobs now requiring a postsecondary credential, college completion has never been more important. Yet it remains elusive for too many students -- especially students from low-income backgrounds, students of color and first-generation students. For 50 years, Great Lakes has focused on helping traditionally underserved students who have the most to gain from a college education -- yet often have the least support in getting there -- make their way to and through college. Our 2015 report highlights the three distinct and purposeful funding approaches we use in pursuit of this goal and details several grants we made over the past year.

March 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Iowa;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Ohio;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

The Atlantic Philanthropies’ School Discipline Reform Portfolio

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

The Atlantic Philanthropies’ School Discipline Reform Portfolio

This report summarizes findings from a two-year evaluation of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ school discipline reform portfolio. The portfolio, which ran from late 2009 to 2016 and invested over $47 million dollars in 57 grants to 38 different grantees, was created to improve educational outcomes for students by reducing the number of zero tolerance suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools, particularly for children of color, and enhancing the use of positive disciplinary practices that keep children in school and engaged in learning. Atlantic set a nationwide goal to reduce school suspensions by one half and reduce discipline disparities by one quarter.

March 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

Community Leadership: Maximizing Returns- Investing in Nontraditional Leaders

Children and Youth;Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy

Community Leadership: Maximizing Returns- Investing in Nontraditional Leaders

This report is a part of Kids matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-year Good Neighborhoods Initiative. The Skillman Foundation's Good Neighborhoods Initiative was a $100-million commitment to six Detroit neighborhoods, spanning from 2006-2016. To best understand the outcomes of the long-term neighborhood-based work, the Foundation worked with a variety of evaluators, residetns, stakeholders, grant partners, staff, Trustees and community allies to form a series of analyses and dialogues.

The goals of the Analytic Review are to synthesize what the decade of work has accomplished, inform decisions about the Foundation's work going forward, and build and share knowledge locally and nationally.

June 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

The Right Match: A Strong Principal in Every Public School

Education and Literacy

The Right Match: A Strong Principal in Every Public School

This report has one central premise: Keeping great principals starts with hiring the right principal. Even as Chicago fights to retain principals long enough to make student learning and school culture gains more permanent, we must recognize some principal attrition is inevitable.

More than 70,000 students started the 2016-17 school year with a new principal, and at least 60 schools will need a new principal each year for the foreseeable future. The stakes are high: No great public school exists without great leadership. In fact, variation in principal quality accounts for about 25 percent of a school’s total impact on student learning. Yet, more than four out of every 10 public school principals in Chicago leave before they begin their fifth year. To keep great principals, we have to make the right match from the start.

November 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Cook County / Chicago / Lakeview

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Education and Literacy

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Educate Maine recently released its annual report "Education Indicator For Maine 2016" which looks to explore Maine's entire education system beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout adulthood. The report found that while 88% of Maine's students graduated from high school, less than half of all students were at proficiency in reading and math by the 11th grade.

October 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Northeastern) / Maine

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