PROVIDENCE – The Schott Foundation for Public Education has awarded Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) a grant to conduct an evaluation of Schott’s nationwide Healthy Living and Learning Climates (HLLC) Initiative, which aims to transform the public education narrative to focus on providing fair and equitable opportunities for every student.
The HLLC Initiative focuses on creating healthy living and learning climates for all students and families but especially those most affected by existing inequities in our society. To advance these priorities, the initiative provides targeted, coordinated supports on many levels – philanthropic, communications, policy advocacy, and network-building – to local, state, and national grassroots organizers and advocacy campaigns, promoting high-quality early education, wraparound student supports, teaching quality supports, fair and just school climate, and fair and just public school resources.
AISR's multi-year evaluation (2015–2017) examines the impact of the Schott Foundation’s support of grassroots organizing and campaigns by using a mixed-methods approach that includes diverse sets of interviews, document analysis, field observations, and media scans. The evaluation balances broad data collection across all grantees with in-depth analysis of grantee capacity in three geographic locations using case study methodology.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to conduct this evaluation,” said Michael Grady, AISR’s deputy director. “Building a durable social movement infrastructure is key to advancing equity-centered reform and ensuring that all children grow up in healthy communities, but evaluating the impact of this work is no small feat. By partnering closely with The Schott Foundation over the next several years, AISR’s mixed-methods evaluation will effectively determine how the foundation’s activities and investments may lead to growth in grantee partner capacity, and how stronger grantee partner capacity may in turn underlie effective campaigns for policy and practice changes that will make HLLC a reality.”
“We are excited to work with the Annenberg Institute at this critical juncture,” said Dr. John H. Jackson, president and CEO of The Schott Foundation. “AISR's deep understanding of educational justice issues and experience as evaluators make them the perfect partner for this new phase of the Foundation’s work in support of grassroots organizers.”
The Schott Foundation for Public Education aims to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully-resourced, quality PreK–12 public education. Schott’s core belief is that a first-rate public education is a mainstay of our democracy, providing a route out of poverty and transforming young lives.
This conviction drives Schott’s grant-making strategy and its commitment to helping establish well-resourced and supported grassroots campaigns that lead to systemic change in the disparities poor children and children of color face in our nation’s schools, creating healthy living and learning communities that ensure fairness, opportunity, and access to a high-quality public education for all children.
For more information and for a complete list of Schott’s grantees, please visit www.schottfoundation.org.