A major new proposal opportunity from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation will provide one New England state with a potent package of resources to take a major step toward transforming schools toward student-centered learning. Winning applicants will receive up to $1.2 million to implement their plan.
The foundation is seeking a state department of education, or an organization with statewide influence, to lead an effort to support at least six local education agencies in their state for planning and implementation. Proposals must either identify the participating LEAs or establish a plan to do so by the first quarter of 2017.
Central elements to the work the foundation seeks to support are: a technology self-assessment, plan to design and pilot an integrated learning system, and plan to scale the pilots “so that the work can spread throughout the participating LEAs and to other communities throughout the state.”
The Nellie Mae Educational Foundation’s work strives to advance student-centered approaches to learning across its region. The foundation partners with the New England Secondary School Consortium, a Portland, Maine-based leader supporting schools in redesigning their instruction around personalizing learning.
Personalized Learning Case Studies from the Lexington Institute offer details and insights for a number of examples of powerful, student-centered instructional models -- hopefully many more like them will take off in New England as part of this exciting initiative.
Proposals to the Massachusetts-based foundation must be received by noon on October 12.