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September 11, 2015
The California Department of Education on Wednesday released the much-anticipated scores for the Smarter Balanced tests, the main component of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system. Read More

September 8, 2015
Using Research Evidence for Change
During the Education Funder Strategy Group’s (EFSG) quarterly meeting last week, a case study on the Stuart Foundation was shared. This case study was used to help serve as a catalyst for deep conversations about the intersections of research, policy and practice in educational philanthropy and the roles that funders can play in the development and use of research for improving education systems and outcomes.
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August 28, 2015
Building Personal and Collective Leadership Capacity for Systems Change and Innovation
Last week, Jonathan Raymond, President of the Stuart Foundation and Koua Franz, Director of Communications and Learning, had the opportunity to attend the Society for Organizational Learning North America (SoL NA) Executive Champions’ Workshop (ECW). This year’s theme was geared around Building Personal and Collective Leadership Capacity for Systems Change and Innovation.
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August 20, 2015
Stuart Foundation welcomes Danielle Durán, Special Assistant to the President   

August 20, 2015
Should high school students have to ‘defend’ their diploma like a Ph.D? California’s new way of ranking school performance could open the door to portfolio assessments. Read More

August 20, 2015
In 2010, CORE Districts began with seven California school districts that wanted to work with their peers on improving teaching and learning. It now includes ten districts that collectively serve more than one million students, six of which have a federal waiver from the accountability provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Foundation has been an ongoing supporter of CORE Districts, providing planning, start-up and implementation funds. AIR has published a brief that summarizes CORE Districts’ early lessons as well as a report describing its beginnings and activities. Click here for the brief and report.
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August 13, 2015
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Over the past few months, our team and Board of Trustees have developed a new strategic framework to guide our program investments. This new framework is not a radical departure; it is built upon the Foundation's longstanding mission to better the lives and education of children. What is new is a stronger focus on the systems that impact children, and how to strategically and effectively support those systems to improve. 
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New Reports

Building on a decade of work at the intersection of child welfare and education,the Stuart Foundation launched the Education Equals Partnership in 2012. The Partnership is dedicated to improving educational experiences and outcomes for students from foster care, starting with preschool and extending through college. An important component of the Education Equals Partnership's work is sharing learnings and gathering feedback on the Partnership's initiatives. The Partnership has developed a Progress Report including highlights, early outcomes, and lessons learned from the past year. Click here to read the full report.

Toward a Grand Vision: Early Implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula provides the first independent look at implementation of the state’s new financing system, which provides school districts with additional resources to meet the needs of students from low-income families, English learners, and foster youth. Researchers found enthusiasm for the flexibility to make decisions based on local needs as well as a desire for time and additional information to improve upon this initial effort. Findings are based on interviews with leaders and staff from school districts, county offices of education, school board members, union representatives and parents, state policymakers, and review of over 40 Local Control Accountability Plans and related documents. Click here to read the full report.

IAG 2 Cover Thumbnail ImageWe are proud to announce the release of Part 2 of the Invisible Achievement Gap, developed in partnership between The Center for Teaching and Learning at West Ed and the University of California, Berkeley. The second part of this research provides a more comprehensive understanding of the experiences of youth in foster care as it relates to their educational outcomes. Specifically, the Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 2 highlights the context for this problem, noting factors that hinder positive educational outcomes, such as multiple school moves, enrollment in low performing schools, and diagnosis of learning disabilities. Click here to read the full report.

Foundation Strategy

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For Current Partners

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Featured Work:
City Year Sacramento - Ripples of Hope 2015

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Featured Work:
Home Visits & Academic Parent Teacher Teams: A Winning Combination

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Featured Work:
The CDEF CCSS Campaign

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF), working with key education partners, has developed an Awareness and Capacity Building Campaign to educate Californians about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Featured Work: FosterMore.org Launched!


FosterMore is a public education campaign supported by the Stuart Foundation. The campaign centers on a public service announcement (PSA) aired during May 2013 - National Foster Care Month.

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