Nellie Mae Education Foundation District Level Systems Change (DLSC) Initiative
The Foundation’s Mission To stimulate transformative change of public education systems across New England by growing a greater variety of higher quality educational opportunities that enable all learners especially and essentially underserved learners to obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to become civically engaged, economically self-sufficient life-long learners.
Objectives of the DLSC Initiative • To promote student-centered approaches to teaching, learning and assessment as core components of public education at the district level. • To reduce policy barriers to integrating and testing rigorous, student-centered learning approaches at the district level. • To grow the capacity of students, parents, educators and other stakeholders within districts and communities to work together to demand, implement, and sustain student-centered learning approaches at the district level.
DLSC Process • Phase I Letter of Interest was submitted in May, 2010 for a Planning Grant. • 47 responses were submitted from NE • 17 districts/ organizations were moved on • Phase II Written response to additional questions was submitted in July, 2010 & Foundation staff spent time talking to partners. • Phase III Documentation of the history of education reform in the community & asset mapping is expected. • Written response to additional questions due on September 16, 2010
DLSC Process continued • Phase IV • Review & completion of asset mapping • Randolph High School site visit with administrators, teachers, students, parents, & community partners (anticipated date of Mid-October or Early November) • Final planning grantee selection notification to be made by November 30, 2010
Potential Funding • $8000 to complete community asset mapping process. • 12-15 month DLSC planning grant of up to $200,000. • The Foundation anticipates that eventually, four to six communities will ultimately be selected for long-term implementation investments (six or more years) of $800,000 - $1,500,000 per year, as indicated.