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Diversity, equity and inclusion in education organizations 

Recent events — from police shootings to polarized national political debates — underscore the urgency and challenges of building diversity, equity and inclusion into our everyday work. The tensions and conflicts we are experiencing sadden us and compel us to act. Over the summer of 2016, our Education Program launched a diversity, equity and inclusion ...

Building the deeper learning field, grant by grant 

In 2010, the Hewlett Foundation committed to an ambitious vision for improving public education in the U.S. by ensuring underserved students develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in college, careers and civic life in the 21st century. Education First, an advisory organization for education leaders, has had the privilege of working alongside the foundation…

New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms 

Teens are often cautioned about what they post online because their digital profile will follow them well beyond their youth. Students at Del Lago Academy, a public high school in Escondido, Calif., are counting on it. Their teachers are embracing an innovative approach to assessment using digital badges. Similar to scout merit badges, these online…

Education Program grantmaking 

The Education Program does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry. Our approach We support organizations that develop and advocate for innovative ideas, practices, and tools, as well as those that participate in the public policy debate on the issues of deeper learning and open educational resources. We view our education grantmaking through an equity lens ...

Why is deeper learning important? 

We live in a fast-changing world. Every two years, the amount of digital information more than doubles. What is novel today may become quickly outdated. Experts predict that nearly two-thirds of elementary school students will one day hold a job that hasn’t been created yet. But our schools look the same as they did in…

Reclaiming assessment for deeper learning 

While the word assessment in education conjures up images of testing, its Latin root, assidere, means “to sit beside.” This raises a provocative question: In this era of high-stakes testing that’s used to rank kids and schools, what if we reclaimed the word assessment and put it more authentically in the service of learning? Going ...

California Education Policy Fund 

This evaluation provides an assessment of The Hewlett Foundation’s California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) in the 2014-2015 year to inform CEPF’s annual grantmaking strategies. With an annual grantmaking budget of about $3 million, CEPF supports organizations advancing a wide range of policies that focus on “deeper learning” in California schools. CEPF specifically prioritizes grantees’ efforts ...

Inequity is THE Problem in Education 

Deeper Learning. Linked Learning. Blended Learning. Personalized Learning. Student-centered Learning. Project-based learning. Social and emotional learning. And the list goes on (and on). There are literally hundreds of education initiatives—and an equal number of philanthropic strategies—designed to improve our education system. In my time as fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, I have come to realize ...
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