William Penn Foundation Awards $15 Million for Education Innovations
The William Penn Foundation has announced a three-year, $15 million grant to the Philadelphia School Partnership to support education reform innovations in the city's public, private, and charter schools. The partnership's Great Schools Fund will re-grant the funds to support innovations that align with the ideals of the Great Schools Compact, a document signed last December by representatives of the Philadelphia School District, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, charter school organizations, and city and state officials that pledges to close or overhaul low-performing schools and replace them with high-quality alternatives by the 2016-17 school year.
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Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, a new report from the National Research Council, suggests that deeper learning, an educational approach that emphasizes critical reasoning, is essential for students to succeed. The report associates three sets of "21st century competencies" with the deeper learning approach — cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal — and encourages states working to implement the Common Core State Standards to "devote significant attention" to understanding the relationships between the competencies, the effectiveness of teaching and assessment strategies, and successful adult outcomes for students.
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According to Diverse Charter Schools: Can Racial and Socioeconomic Integration Promote Better Outcomes for Students?, a report from the Century Foundation, students in middle-class school settings tend to develop higher-level critical thinking and cognitive skills and benefit more from peer networks. Socio-
economically mixed schools also are more likely to foster experimentation with pedagogical approaches better suited to addressing the needs of a diverse student population. The report's recommendations include incentives to encourage more strategic siting of charter schools, allowing for regional or inter-district schools, and more foundation support for schools that educate low-income children in integrated settings.
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