National Opportunity to Learn Network

Schott’s Opportunity to Learn Network (OTL) unites a nationwide coalition of Schott grantees and allied organizations working to secure a high quality public education for all students.

By creating a space to highlight and celebrate grassroots organizing, share success stories and provide resources, OTL strives to create real and substantial change in our public education system. OTL advocates for supports­-based education reform, one that provides all students with access to crucial resources and opportunities such as early education, wraparound supports, fair school discipline, well­-supported teachers, and equitable school funding. To support our network of advocates and organizers, OTL provides regular updates on current grantee campaigns, publishes policy guides, infographics and other resources, and hosts summits and other network building events, all of which can be found below.

The Latest from the OTL Network

The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
A Texas superintendent's diagnosis is that our relatively poor educational outcomes and large gaps in achievement are rooted in socioeconomic inequity; that if attention is paid to curing that problem, the schools will be able to do the rest. Meanwhile, a New York Times article highlights how the military's schools seem to have figured out a way to equalize the playing field for students. What seems to be the answer? Small classes, good housing and health care, integration.
Lots of inspiring talks here in DC at the OTL Summit. Here's a recap of some of the excitement from Saturday! 
 Our annual summit is off to a great start! Here are some highlights from last night's opening Town Hall Event: Is the Opportunity to Learn a Moral Imperative in the United States?
The simple fact is that as a result of Walker’s budget, Wisconsin is in a situation where, for the first time ever, the quality of the state’s schools will be worse for current and future generations of students than it was for the generation that preceded them.
Schools across Massachusetts are hiring fewer teachers, providing less professional development, and spending less on materials & technology than the state funding formula considers adequate.
 Bloomberg Math: Dividing teaching workforce by 2 equals acceptable reform? 
No uplifting news out of the U.S. Department of Education to report today, folks. Just a harsh dose of reality: A new study released this week by the DOE confirms that schools serving low-income communities receive less public funding than schools in the same district that serve wealthier communities. 
PA voters like public education. A lot. And they want to see their taxes going towards providing quality opportunities for all students. 
While it might seem encouraging for education and civil rights leaders to assert that poverty isn’t an obstacle to higher student achievement, the evidence does not support such claims. Over 50 years, numerous studies have documented how poverty and related social conditions – such as lack of access to health care, early childhood education and stable housing – affect child development and student achievement. The research never suggests that poor children are incapable of learning or that poverty itself should be regarded as a learning disability. Rather, research suggests that poor children encounter obstacles that often adversely affect their development and learning outcomes.
Recent data continue to show that in New York City, the nation’s largest school district, a student’s opportunity to learn in a school “In Good Standing,” as measured by the state’s own tests, depends on the financial status of the student’s family.