Award Extends Initiatives to Strengthen Districts and Parent & Student Organizations 


PROVIDENCE – The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) has awarded a 15-month, $480,000 grant to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University to advance the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to support New England-based school districts, and community organizations that serve and organize parents and students, announced AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons

“We are very grateful to Nellie Mae for its continued support of these programs aimed at building and maintaining the capacity of the two key constituencies that are most deeply invested in the long-term sustainability of school reforms,” said Simmons. “When properly supported and empowered, districts and community organizations can effectively engage in meaningful school reforms by building political will, marshaling authority and resources, and recruiting partners for implementation. We appreciate the opportunity to capitalize on the Foundation’s investment in us and our investment in the communities served.”

AISR will play an important technical assistance role in support of NMEF grantees and Foundation program staff. More about the initiative

The work is spread among three major areas:

Supporting Building New Models' Lead Community Partners:

Helping local community organizations partner with districts to effectively prepare all learners for success in work and life in three sites: Pittsfield, N.H.; Portland, Maine; and Burlington/Winooski, Vt.

Capacity building for parents and other community stakeholders in New Approaches in Urban Districts:

Sites include Hartford and Meriden, Conn., and Revere, Mass. AISR will conduct community/district scans to identify key challenges and opportunities to support family engagement and subsequently support new NMEF grantees in these communities to develop family leadership and voice.

Supporting youth leadership:

AISR will enhance its previous involvement in the growth and development of youth leadership aimed at promoting student-centered learning, which prepares students to master both the academic knowledge and the critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills they need to thrive beyond high school.

During the coming year, AISR will build on past and related work in each of these areas and initiate new efforts to further NMEF's principles of student-centered learning.



About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Quincy, Mass.-based Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning (SLC) at the middle and high school levels across New England – where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: building educator ownership, understanding and capacity; advancing quality and rigor of SCL practices; developing effective systems designs; and building public understanding and demand. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $180 million in grants. For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visit www.nmefoundation.org.