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

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

Learning What Works: Great Lakes 2014 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Learning What Works: Great Lakes 2014 Philanthropy Report

Great Lakes 2014 philanthropy report details a $28.6 million commitment in grant funding over the past year to close the college completion gap faced by students of color, low-income students and first-generation students. The report highlights a variety of grants made to colleges, universities, community-based organizations and research initiatives that demonstrate promising approaches to getting more students to and through college. Great Lakes aims to learn which ideas will help the most students achieve the greatest results.

December 2014

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

Mindful Giving: Great Lakes 2013-2014 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Mindful Giving: Great Lakes 2013-2014 Philanthropy Report

Great Lakes 2013-2014 philanthropy report details record $21 million in commitments. This past year Great Lakes dramatically increased its funding to help more students from low-income households, students of color, and students who are the first in their families attend and complete college. For the 2013-2014 academic year our commitments total $21 million, and are in excess of $100 million since 2006. This report tells more about our approach to philanthropy and the work we do to move more students toward college completion.

June 2014

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

Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin

Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor;Human Services

Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin

Examines successful state strategies in instituting a community college-centered career pathway framework, a series of education and training programs and support services focused on specific occupational sectors. Explores challenges and lessons learned.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin;North America-United States (Northwestern)-Oregon;North America-United States (Western)-Washington;North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas;North America-United States (Southern)-Kentucky

School District Governance Reform: The Devil Is in the Details

Education and Literacy;Government Reform

School District Governance Reform: The Devil Is in the Details

Provides an overview of alternative approaches to governance in urban school districts, including integrated governance, district dissolution, and state receivership. Outlines the benefits, limitations, and implications of mayoral control over districts.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee;North America-United States;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin

Review of Graduation Rates for Choice and Public School Students in Milwaukee 2003-2008

Education and Literacy

Review of Graduation Rates for Choice and Public School Students in Milwaukee 2003-2008

Cobb's review of this report praises it for its technically sound analysis and results that are descriptively useful. However, Cobb cautions that any real claims about whether the voucher program is actually causing higher graduation rates must depend upon a much stronger research design.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee

Preparing the Future Workforce: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Policy in K12 Education in Wisconsin

Education and Literacy

Preparing the Future Workforce: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Policy in K12 Education in Wisconsin

Last December, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition - a national organization of more than 600 groups representing knowledge workers, educators, scientists, engineers, and technicians wrote to President-elect Obama urging him to "not lose sight of the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader of the 21st century global marketplace." While that imperative appears to have resonated in Washington, has it and should it resonate in Madison? This report attempts to answer that question by examining the extent to which STEM skills are a necessity for tomorrow's Wisconsin workforce, whether our schools are preparing students to be STEM-savvy workers, and where STEM falls in the state's list of educational priorities.

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

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