Madison Community Foundation, 2013 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2013 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2013

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

Madison Community Foundation, 2014 Annual Report

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Madison Community Foundation, 2014 Annual Report

Madison Community Foundation uses its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good.

December 2014

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Illinois / Madison County

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - 2008 Annual Report: Facing Up to the Future

Education and Literacy;Health;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - 2008 Annual Report: Facing Up to the Future

Contains board chair's message, CEO's message, guest essays about children's needs, financial statements, lists of board members and staff, grants list, and summaries of programs in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

January 2009

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

The Aurora Report

Crime and Safety;Education and Literacy;Health

The Aurora Report

The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation commissioned the first comprehensive study of women and girls in Hartford County. The study examines the opportunities and challenges for Hartford County females in education, economic security, leadership, health and well being, and crime and safety, as well as the demographic composition of women and girls and their philanthropic giving. This research will inform and advise the Aurora Foundation's future grant making efforts and strategic initiatives. It will also serve as a resource for other groups in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors.

December 2013

Geographic Focus:

A Stronger Nation: Post Secondary Learning Builds the Talent That Helps Us Rise

Education and Literacy

A Stronger Nation: Post Secondary Learning Builds the Talent That Helps Us Rise

A new research report from Brookings finds a positive relationship between tracking 8th grade mathematics and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) tests four years later that "support future research on the hypothesis that tracking benefits high achieving students -- in particular, high-achieving students of color -- by offering accelerated coursework that they would not otherwise get in untracked schools."

March 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

Schools as Organizations: Examining School Climate, Teacher Turnover, and Student Achievement in NYC

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor

Schools as Organizations: Examining School Climate, Teacher Turnover, and Student Achievement in NYC

During the last decade, education research and policy have generated considerable momentum behind efforts to remake teacher evaluation systems and place an effective teacher in every classroom. But schools are not simply collections of individual teachers; they are also organizations, with structures, practices, and norms that may impede or support good teaching. Could strengthening schools -- as organizations -- lead to better outcomes for teachers and students?

This study begins to address that question by examining how changes in school climate were related to changes in teacher turnover and student achievement in 278 NYC middle schools between 2008 and 2012. Drawing on teacher responses to NYC's annual School Survey, as well as student test scores, human resources data, and school administrative records, we identified four distinct and potentially malleable dimensions of middle schools' organizational environments:

  1. Leadership and professional development;
  2. High academic expectations for students;
  3. Teacher relationships and collaboration; and
  4. School safety and order.

We then examined how changes in these four dimensions over time were linked to corresponding changes in teacher turnover and student achievement. We found robust relationships between increases in all four dimensions of school climate and decreases in teacher turnover, suggesting that improving the environment in which teachers work could play an important role in reducing turnover. (The annual turnover in NYC middle schools is about 15 percent.)

We also discovered that improvements in two dimensions of school climate -- safety and academic expectations -- predicted small, but meaningful gains in students' performance on standardized math tests.

Taken together with other emerging evidence, these findings suggest that closing achievement gaps and turning around struggling schools will demand a focus on not only individual teacher effectiveness, but also the organizational effectiveness of schools. The policy brief outlines several potential areas of focus for districts that want to help schools in building healthy well-functioning organizations.

March 2016

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (New York Metropolitan Area)

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: The Numbers Add Up 2014 Annual Report

Education and Literacy

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: The Numbers Add Up 2014 Annual Report

2014 was another outstanding year for the National Alliance and for the public charter school movemement. The National Alliance continued to solidify support for public charter schools in Congress and in state legislatures, worked closely with national and local partner organizations to build a stronger movement, and further established the National Alliance as the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality, growth, and sustainability of charter schools. Discover how the "Numbers Add Up" for charter schools in the 2014 annual report.

May 2015

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

The Healthy Bodies Study: 2014 Data Report

Education and Literacy;Health;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The Healthy Bodies Study: 2014 Data Report

Disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction are common in undergraduate and graduate student populations. Previous campus mental health research has focused primarily on depression, anxiety, suicidality, and substance use. Considerably less is known about eating disorders relative to other mental health problems common in student populations. This is particularly true when considering that eating disorders, like other mental health problems, exist along a continuum of severity. Where much attention has been paid to subclinical depression and anxiety in national epidemiological campus-based research, measures of disordered eating have typically been reduced to but a handful of questions about specific behaviors, often described in clinical terms. While important studies have addressed eating disorders in specifically defined student sub-groups (e.g., sorority women, female athletes, students from certain academic departments), these are usually single-site studies with limited generalizability. HBS takes a public health approach by assessing a range of eating and body image measures at the population-level.

An annual web-based survey, HBS aims to understand students' relationships with eating, dieting, exercising, and body image, and how these relationships, in turn, fit into a larger picture of student health and well-being. HBS seeks to explore the prevalence and correlates of disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction, and the extent to which students with apparent need are utilizing mental health resources. Through close collaborations with campus practitioners and national mental health organizations, HBS researchers strive to inform policy and practice on college and university campuses.

HBS is administered to a randomly selected sample of undergraduate and graduate students at participating institutions. An important contribution to the field of college student mental health, HBS addresses the diversity of disordered eating behaviors and attitudes among the diversity of students on college and university campuses today.

December 2014

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

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