ABOUT THE NELLIE MAE EDUCATION FOUNDATION www.nmefoundation.org
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency- based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $180 million in grants.
Last spring, the Providence School District invited its high schools to apply for funding secured through a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
Principal Hunt identified this opportunity as one which would enhance the work our teachers and students began with the Highlander Institute partnership in the spring of 2015.
"Through this grant, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) aims to fund this district with a commitment to student-centered learning and educational equity to develop and implement the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching as part of their professional development systems."
Personalized learning is gaining momentum across the nation, which means the role of teachers and the skill sets they need is evolving.
"PPSD will utilize the competencies in the development of the student-centered Keys for Learning. As a result, key stakeholders inclusive of teachers, students, district staff, and community partners will build the tools necessary for developing the key learning strategies through Professional Learning Communities, use of a digital platform, and professional development opportunities."
Key # 2: Customizing Knowledge for Learning means to customize the learning experience for ALL learners by creating learning experiences that make the full depth of grade level standards accessible and meaningful. ALL learners can access complex concepts through the use of smart scaffolding, gradual release of responsibility, and multiple tools to ensure academic success.
The language of Key #2 speaks to an urgent need at Hope: meeting the needs of ALL learners.
Nearly half of Hope students fall into a special populations category: EL and/or Special Ed