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Want some good news? Here are 10 inspiring victories by grantee partners in 2017

In many ways 2017 seemed like a never-ending stream of bad news and attacks on public education. However, advocates kept up the good fight and the movement for education justice saw growth and increased capacity. Thanks to our grantee partners and allies working tirelessly in communities across the country, we’d like to share some good news! In no particular order, here are the top 10 policy wins our grantee partners helped secure. These victories give us hope for 2018 and reinforce the idea that positive change in public education starts at the grassroots.

In many ways 2017 seemed like a never-ending stream of bad news and attacks on public education. However, advocates kept up the good fight and the movement for education justice saw growth and increased capacity. Thanks to our grantee partners and allies working tirelessly in communities across the country, we’d like to share some good news!

Use #GivingTuesday for Education Justice

Here at the Schott Foundation, we believe the people most impacted and with the most at stake should be at the forefront of social change. We work to amplify local voices and encourage community leaders to speak out on critical issues, providing tailored support and trainings to strengthen efforts for change across the country.

Schott is excited to highlight four of our vibrant community partners on this year’s Giving Tuesday, an annual event that spotlights nonprofit organizations working to make a difference in their communities. Our partners are proof that when communities come together and organize, they can achieve anything—no matter where they are. 

Your generous donation will support Schott’s ability to provide funding to these dynamic grassroots organizations on the front lines of the fight for education justice, as well as the network-building, policy advocacy and communications resources they need to lead the movement for social change. 100 percent of all donations will go to these four partners.

Rural Community Alliance Journey for Justice Arkansas United Community Coalition

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"The Business of Social Justice": Schott COO Heidi Brooks Profiled by Harvard Business School

The Schott Foundation's chief operating officer, Heidi Brooks, was recently profiled in Harvard Business School's alumni magazine, chronicling her work not just at Schott but across her entire globe-spanning career:

A born adventurer with a passion for social justice, Heidi Brooks (MBA 2003) uses her business savvy to effect social change.

Since 2014 Brooks has served as chief operating officer of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening public education through grants and advocacy. The organization seeks to end the school-to-prison pipeline through disciplinary reform and ensure that schools with high needs receive the necessary resources and funding to achieve their goals.

Heidi Brooks

The Schott Foundation's chief operating officer, Heidi Brooks, was recently profiled in Harvard Business School's alumni magazine, chronicling her work not just at Schott but across her entire globe-spanning career:

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Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education

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Thu, 2017-11-16
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This report – the first of its kind – highlights the challenges facing urban Native American youth in public schools and showcases seven alternative public education programs that are having a positive impact in addressing these challenges.

This report – the first of its kind – highlights the challenges facing urban Native American youth in public schools and showcases seven alternative public education programs that are having a positive impact in addressing these challenges.

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How Can We Expand Opportunities to Learn for Native Youth?

A groundbreaking new report released yesterday details the barriers facing Native youth in urban public schools and highlights inspiring solutions already being implemented in communities across the country. Our latest webinar covers the Native Urban Indian Family Coalition's Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education to understand how to scale up these promising alternatives.

Featuring Janeen Comenote, Executive Director of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) and Dr. Joe Hobot, President and CEO of the American Indian OIC, this webinar is a useful introduction for those new to issues affecting Native youth, and also provided new data and tools for experienced activists and advocates.

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Dr. John H. Jackson Honored by EBONY Magazine as One of 2017's Power 100 African American Influencers

Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation, was selected by EBONY Magazine as one of 100 inspiring African American leaders.

Ebony will honor Dr. Jackson as a Community Crusader for his work as a strategic leader in philanthropy and a staunch advocate for public school students. Dr. Jackson will join a star-studded cast of honorees on December 1st in Los Angeles, CA including Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Dwayne "Rock" Johnson, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Hart, Viola Davis, Chance the Rapper, Magic and Cookie Johnson, Angela Rye and many more.

Ebony Magazine Power 100

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Webinar: Welcome to the Fight Back! National Movements for Racial Justice in Education

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2017-10-25
The struggles for racial justice and educational justice have been interlinked from the beginning of our nation’s history. It was under Black leadership during Reconstruction that the South saw the first state-funded public schools. The long, arduous work to win and maintain school integration was a keystone struggle during the Civil Rights movement. And today, the most powerful and energetic movements for education justice — fighting for fair funding, strong neighborhood public schools, and restorative justice — are those that take an intersectional approach to organizing.

The struggles for racial justice and educational justice have been interlinked from the beginning of our nation’s history. It was under Black leadership during Reconstruction that the South saw the first state-funded public schools. The long, arduous work to win and maintain school integration was a keystone struggle during the Civil Rights movement. And today, the most powerful and energetic movements for education justice — fighting for fair funding, strong neighborhood public schools, and restorative justice — are those that take an intersectional approach to organizing.

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Welcome to the Fight Back! National Movements for Racial Justice in Education

The struggles for racial justice and educational justice have been interlinked from the beginning of our nation’s history. It was under Black leadership during Reconstruction that the South saw the first state-funded public schools. The long, arduous work to win and maintain school integration was a keystone struggle during the Civil Rights movement. And today, the most powerful and energetic movements for education justice — fighting for fair funding, strong neighborhood public schools, and restorative justice — are those that take an intersectional approach to organizing.

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60 Years Since the Little Rock Nine—and So Much More to Do

Today, September 25th, marks 60 years since the integration of Little Rock's Central High School — the day the Little Rock Nine became the first Black students to attend it. That day in 1957 was the culmination of years of legal and civil rights battles but also presaged the hard work and struggles to come, both inside and outside the school gates.

Today, September 25th, marks 60 years since the integration of Little Rock's Central High School — the day the Little Rock Nine became the first Black students to attend it. That day in 1957 was the culmination of years of legal and civil rights battles but also presaged the hard work and struggles to come, both inside and outside the school gates.

Webinar: The Promise of Inclusive Leadership

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2017-09-12
The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the next installment in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In part one of our series Antoinette Malveaux, Dr. Sherece West Scantlebury and Kirsten Livingston offered important insight and reflections from their unique experiences and leadership journeys as women of color. They discussed why accountability, gratitude, reflection and dying to ego are key attributes core to inclusive leadership practice.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the next installment in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In part one of our series Antoinette Malveaux, Dr. Sherece West Scantlebury and Kirsten Livingston offered important insight and reflections from their unique experiences and leadership journeys as women of color. They discussed why accountability, gratitude, reflection and dying to ego are key attributes core to inclusive leadership practice.

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