The New America Foundation has long diagnosed fundamental failings in the American political process — originally the absence of ideas that don’t fit established partisan agendas, and later the political system’s failure to engage with long-term priorities. In 2014, the foundation launched a new program on political reform, directed by Mark Schmitt. This work has evolved to include work on campaign finance and electoral reform, congressional capacity; race, identity, and political realignment; civic engagement; and more. This grant will support an expansion of the Political Reform program, including continued research, journalism, convenings, and fellowships at New America.
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for bridging open education and equity in preK-12 districts
New America is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to renewing America by confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change and seizing the opportunities those changes create. New America’s Education Policy program will undertake a three-year project to report on and promote the development of inclusive teaching and learning that combines OER and culturally responsive teaching methods; conduct policy analysis on this topic; and disseminate stories and recommendations on a national level. This grant serves key goals for the Education Program and the Open Education Strategy, including developing pedagogy, practice, and a more inclusive and responsive field. (Substrategy: Systems.)
for the Resource Security Program
This grant will support New America’s Resource Security Program. Climate change is already shaping human security by making droughts longer and drier, storms stronger, and fires and floods more destructive. This program seeks to redefine security for the 21st century, with a focus on the link between natural resources and human security. This entails research around the geopolitics of natural resources, including energy, water, food, and critical materials. The program will also emphasize research around climate security and how climate change will reshape the risks to peace, looking for ideas that can guide policies, investments, and actions to prevent conflict and build security.