June 15, 2017

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How to Get Real about Racism in Philanthropy

The Schott Foundation, along with many other leading foundations, is setting a new standard for talking explicitly about how racism is showing up in the philanthropic sector and what leaders can do to correct this. These types of conversations are critical to the broader movement for social justice and income equality because they are challenging the status quo and helping identify specific, actionable steps that can be taken to remove structural racism from philanthropic structures, thereby increasing the resources available to organizations run by and for people of color. Read more >

Grantee Spotlight: Alliance for Quality Education

Alliance for Quality Education's Zakiyah Ansari Listed in Top 5 Brooklyn Education Influencers

City and State NY, as part of its "25 Brooklyn Influencers You Need to Know," has included Zakiyah Ansari in its education section. As Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education, a Schott grantee, Zakiyah Ansari is a prominent proponent for New York City’s public school students. Congratulations, Zakiyah!
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News and Resources from the OTL Network

Choices Worth Making: Creating, Sustaining and Expanding Diverse Magnet Schools

A new report by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA is an important resource for policymakers looking to expand or strengthen local magnet schools in their districts. Implemented properly, that magnet schools can help diversify school environments, combat racial segregation, and expand educational opportunity for all children, the report finds. Read more >

New LPI Report: Effective Teacher Professional Development

The professional development of teachers is a critical part of improving our public schools and ensuring all educators have the skills they need to provide all children with an opportunity to learn.

But what constitutes effective professional development? This new report by the Learning Policy Institute reviewed 35 studies that have demonstrated a positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.
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"Why Rural Matters" Ranks States on Rural Education

A new 50-state report by The Rural School and Community Trust urges state and federal leaders to make rural students and their communities a greater priority. Among the report's findings:
Nearly 8.9 million students attend rural schools—more than the 75 largest school districts combined.
The majority of rural students identify as nonwhite in several states, including California.
Per-student investment for rural students is lowest in Idaho & Oklahoma, spending less than $4,400 per rural student.
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