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.
Programs such as Race to the Top that require states to compete for resources in the form of grants have not systemically solved the nation’s major education problems over the past two and a half years, nor will they in the future. The role of the federal government is not one of a foundation, but as an agent of the people working to ensure opportunities for all. How can the United States win if most states lose, let alone stay on a trajectory to meet the President Obama’s 2020 goal for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020?
A four-part video series from the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy, featuring discussions with John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and education historian Diane Ravitch. 
In her "Child Watch" column, Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund draws attention to an exceptionally timely topic -- the over-reliance on counterproductive zero tolerance policies and the resulting school-to-prison pipeline.