Publisher(s): Center for High Impact Philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania
Author(s): Barrett, Katherine; Zehua Li Hahn; Katherine Hovde; Katherina Rosqueta
Funder(s): Ford Foundation
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High Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality: Focus on High-Need Secondary Students
Area of focus: Elementary and Secondary Education; School Reform
The report discusses strategies for donors interested in improving teachers' skills and creating an environment for great teaching, including better leadership and whole-school reform, apprenticeships, and in-school mentoring.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=Studies show that teachers are the primary factor affecting student achievement, impacting student performance more than class size, school culture, or parental involvement, particularly in low-income districts.
=Donors should identify and fund nonprofit organizations using models focused on three high impact areas: improving pre-service teacher preparation, providing support to new teachers, and investing in teachers’ ongoing development.
=Environments for quality teacher and student performance are most successfully created through improving training and support for principals and encouraging effective models for overall school reform.
=Donors looking to support reform initiatives should understand the underlying federal, state, and district policy context when making judgments regarding the impact of philanthropic investments.
Geographic Focus: National
Subjects/Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education, School Reform
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