Join us to hear the latest on research-based solutions to improved postsecondary outcomes, in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
To hear expert perspective on the current status of Pennsylvania’s children, and the impact of the budget stalemate on them, please join GWP as we host one of the state’s best known advocates on behalf of children’s health, welfare and education: Joan Benso, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC).
Join GWP for an overview of the credentialing landscape today, looking at a number of alternative methods and how they are being used here in Pittsburgh currently, and how they might play an increasing role in education in the near future.
Join us for an update on PA Common Core Standards from two staff members of Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Rosanne Javorsky and Megan Cicconi. Rosanne and Megan will discuss Pennsylvania's current status with the newly implemented regulations. Rosanne will also provide an update from last year when she joined us to discuss the pertinent facets of PA Common Core Standards, Educator Effectiveness, and Keystone Exams.
*This event has been postponed until a later date*
On this call, funding colleagues addressed statewide education advocacy efforts currently underway; including current priorities and challenges, the role their organizations play in these initiatives, and opportunities for other funders to become involved.
Kristen Burns, Associate Director, Grable Foundation
Michelle Figlar, Vice President of Learning, The Heinz Endowments
Stan Thompson, Education Program Director, The Heinz Endowments
Elliot Weinbaum, Great Learning Program Director, William Penn Foundation
Lumina Foundation's signature report on college attainment statistics is designed to track the progress toward its goal of having 60% of Americans hold a post-secondary degree or credential by the year 2025.
The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative invested in a cohort of regional nonprofit organizations to sustain and strengthen their ability to serve more students with stronger academic and social-emotional programming. A midcourse evaluation of the collaborative showed that grantees were stronger, programs were better and are reaching more students, and funders had adopted new, collaborative grantmaking practices. A second phase of the work was committed to more flexibility –– letting grantees drive the group’s planning and learning efforts, and manage consultants, budgeting and group communications. Grantees also opted to redirect the focus of the collaborative from capacity building to program development and evaluation, with the added goal of sharing effective afterschool and summer program models with others, both inside and outside the region.
Case study from Philanthropy New York documenting the formation, challenges and ultimate success of the Education Funders Research Initiative – an unusual funder collaborative that brought together funders for and against charter schools, funders with different views of testing and accountability, and funders with vastly different approaches to supporting education reform to identify and advance shared priorities.