Over the holiday break, I reflected on what we accomplished and learned last year, not just within K-12 education but across our education and economic mobility work in the U.S.
There was the launch of the Postsecondary Value Commission which seeks to answer questions like “What is college worth?” and “Is college still a sure path to a better career and life?”
There was greater momentum within our Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy — we awarded $100 million in grants to 79 organizations working to build more paths out of poverty.
On the K-12 education side, we announced 12 grantees as part of the Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative: an effort to increase availability and awareness of high-quality, aligned instructional materials. The majority of grantees are focused on math.
And of course, our Networks for School Improvement picked up steam, with the networks now totaling 30 in over 20 states serving more than 700 schools.
The common thread among all these milestones is a commitment to make our education and economic systems work better for all.
Onto 2020 — I’m looking forward to more grant announcements, research, and collaboration with our partners!
For school leaders, a lack of data makes it hard to craft goals and metrics around high school graduates’ postsecondary paths. But when equipped with the right information and support, high school leaders can take actions that significantly increase their students’ success.
On January 9, we launched the Postsecondary Intermediaries for Scale — $20 million in grants to 12 organizations that will work over the next two years to build their capability to support colleges and universities looking to transform themselves to better serve their students.
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