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.
August 20, 2015
Stuart Foundation welcomes Danielle Durán, Special Assistant to the President
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 COLLABORATING ACROSS SCHOOL DISTRICTS: EARLY LESSONS FROM CORE DISTRICTS
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 10 districts that collectively serve more than one million students, seven 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.
Read More August 13, 2015 LETTER FROM THE STUART FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
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. Read More July 7, 2015 In their latest online publication, Edsource.org highlighted a few of the Stuart Foundation's grantees and their impact on student success and achievement through project-based learning (PBL). Big kudos and congrats to Bob Lenz for his new position, Executive Director at the Buck Institute for Education.
July 1, 2015 June 25, 2015
Chicago Public Schools has created a network of 14 SEL specialists to provide development and guidance to its 664 schools. With explicit social and emotional skills instruction focusing on school culture and climate, SEL is the umbrella for multi-tiered systems of support, student behavior and mental health, restorative practices, and adjudication of expulsions.
Stuart Foundation welcomes Brooke Harken, Administrative Assistant.
June 17, 2015 June 5, 2015
In 2014 as part of our periodic process to gather feedback on the Stuart Foundation’s work, we commissioned The Grantee Perception Report® (GPR) from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. The GPR provides comparative, anonymous feedback from our grantees, giving us a valuable candid assessment of our impact, relationships and processes that we might not otherwise receive. We invite you to review our most recent Grantee Perception Report. Click here for the full report
GEO 2015 LEARNING TOGETHER: ACTIONABLE APPROACHES FOR GRANTMAKERS
This publication takes an in-depth look at what it means to open our learning and evaluation practices to grantees, other funders, community members, government agencies and others involved in the work. It addresses some of the big questions that grantmakers face in designing success shared learning approaches and shares five case studies of how GEO members are putting these ideas into practice.
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.
We 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.