A good education is critical to ensuring a better future for our children, our communities, our country and our world. We are working as part of the movement to create more high-quality educational opportunities for young people.

The correlation between education and quality of life is undeniable. Youth who complete high school and college have greater employment prospects, higher earning potential and are able to contribute more to our communities.

And yet, while graduation rates are on the rise, many school systems and education programs are struggling to successfully prepare the current and future generations of our youth for a competitive global marketplace. Consider these facts:

  • An estimated one in four public school children still drop out of high school. There are 1550 high schools nationally where 60% or more of the student body drops out every year. This translates to one student every 26 seconds.
  • According to PISA, the standard in international comparative rankings in education, the United States is currently 31st in Math, 23rd in Science and 17th in reading proficiency.
  • Less than one-third of Americans hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Only 58% of first-time, full-time students pursuing a 4-year bachelors degree earn that degree in 6 years or less.
  • Our nation currently needs many more workers trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and that gap continues to grow.
New approaches to education are clearly needed. The education reform movement is being powered by an emerging generation of inspiring and effective leaders who are devoted to improving student learning through all aspects of the education cycle, from inside the classroom in district and charter schools, to shaping education policy. We believe that by investing in the education reform movement and its leaders, we can do our part to better prepare today’s learners to be tomorrow’s qualified workforce and engaged citizens.

 

 

 

Achievement Network

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The Achievement Network (ANet) is an education nonprofit that helps schools boost student learning with great teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

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Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Founded in 1920, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a exceptional and collaborative community of faculty, students, and alumni dedicated to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practice of education.

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WestEd

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WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

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Urban Teacher Residency United

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Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU) is a not-for-profit organization that serves a growing national network of innovative teacher preparation programs.

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Urban Teacher Center

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Urban Teacher Center believes that schools need a guarantee—that before teachers are certified, they are evaluated for quality instruction and student achievement gains. UTC’s innovative model ensures that districts only get teachers who have demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom.

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Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, Inc.

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The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, Inc. (USHCA) develops, supports, and networks human capital leaders in urban school districts to drive measurable improvement in teacher and principal quality.  Through a range of services, we help transform a district’s human capital management function into a more strategic and integrated component of a district’s overall approach to improve student achievement.

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The New Teacher Project

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The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP works with schools, districts and states to provide excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advance policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

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The Keystone Center

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Founded in 1975 by Robert W. Craig, The Keystone Center was established to independently facilitate the resolution of national policy conflicts.

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The Aspen Institute

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The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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Teaching Channel

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Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow.

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