At Silicon Schools Fund we invest in schools that take new approaches to education. We recently wrote that many schools are starting to create flex time periods during the day, where students work independently, often online, while teachers perform high-leverage activities such as student mentoring and small-group instruction.
During my first week of business school, my classmates and I played a game that caused me great inner turmoil. The game left me wanting to say things I knew would ruffle some feathers.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a nearly $13 million grant to a group of New Orleans universities and non-profits to recruit, prepare, and develop nearly 900 highly-effective, culturally competent teachers from diverse backgrounds by 2020. The Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant includes $12,586,449 million (75%) from the Department of Education and will $4,195,483 (25%) in private matching funds over three years.
This summer, over 450 educators and leading researchers from around the world gathered in Philadelphia for the two-day Character in 3D Educator Summit, hosted by the Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) and Character Lab.
This fall, Relay Graduate School of Education welcomes its largest cohort of over 3,400 educators across 15 campuses nationwide. Now entering its seventh year as an independent institution, Relay starts the school year with nearly 3,000 current and aspiring teachers and more than 430 principals and principal supervisors. In addition to the current students, since its start in 2011, Relay’s programs have served about 3,000 alumni of teachers, principals and education leaders bringing a reach of more than 500,000 students across the country since inception.
Yesterday, the Trump Administration ended the immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Among DACA participants are teachers in America’s classrooms, students in America’s schools, and graduates of America’s colleges. They came to the United States as children, they thrived in our country, and America is a better nation for having them here.
Today, Relay Graduate School of Education announced its expansion to serve students and teachers of Washington, D.C. The student population’s expected growth creates the need for ensuring that educators have the knowledge to increase the effectiveness of the classroom. The opening of Relay’s 15th campus will bring teacher development to D.C.’s diverse community.
This week, Congress passed a 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that protects funding for AmeriCorps but cuts funding to the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title IIA) by approximately 10% along with a set of important competitive grants that support educators by as much as 30%.
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