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A practical guide to outcome-focused philanthropy 

Outcome-focused philanthropy is the Hewlett Foundation’s approach to how we practice strategic philanthropy. It guides how we do our work, from start to finish. We’ve been practicing strategic philanthropy for more than a decade—focusing on what problem or opportunity we’re trying to address, whether we’re achieving our outcomes and why (or why not), and how…
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Q&A with Jonathan Pershing: Can the U.S. still be a climate leader? 

Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Hewlett Foundation as environment program director in January. Five months into the job, we sat down with him to discuss the impact of U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, climate…
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Decoding deeper learning in the classroom 

In May 2017, the Hewlett Foundation published a guide about deeper learning for the Education Writers Association conference. It’s intended to help reporters and parents and anyone else who is trying to understand what 21st century learning looks like, and whether it’s working. If you’ve ever walked into a classroom where the noise levels are…
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Information supply and demand in cyber policymaking 

Cybersecurity is a huge and growing concern for industry, civil society, and the government officials who must make decisions about new cyber policies to meet evolving threats. How are those policymakers getting the information and analysis they need to make those decisions? The perspectives of industry and government experts are well-represented in those deliberations, but ...
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Statement on President Trump’s announcement on Paris accord 

MENLO PARK, Calif.— Statement of Environment Program Director Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, on behalf of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement: “This decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement is a grave mistake that will harm ...
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Statement on President Trump’s announcement on Paris accord 

MENLO PARK, Calif.— Statement of Environment Program Director Jonathan Pershing, former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, on behalf of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement: “This decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement is a grave mistake ...
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Request for letters of interest: Deeper learning and scaled impact 

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity designed to help the foundation and the broader education sector better understand how deeper learning practices achieve sustained, scaled impact in school systems. Today, far too few students, especially those who are farthest away from opportunity, get to experience sufficient levels ...
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For teachers, deeper learning is about letting go 

On a recent afternoon in Jennifer Burgin’s second-grade classroom at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Va., some students were working on a fractions game on iPads; others were making colorful drawings of part-whole relationships using crayons and paper; and others were researching national parks or working on poems. One boy held a stuffed panda, another had…
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