Hosted by Teachers College, The Hechinger Report is a 5-year-old nonprofit news organization focused on covering innovation and equity issues in education. Hechinger will support informed and objective research and reporting on the new Common Core assessments in English language arts and mathematics to determine what the tests are measuring and if they are better aligned to improved student outcomes than prior state tests. Providing clear, unbiased explanatory journalism around the release of the 2015 Common Core test results will help focus national and local discussions on the potential for better assessments of whether or not students are being prepared to think critically and solve problems and are achieving the knowledge and skills they’ll need in college and in life.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education’s African Diaspora content
Hosted by Teachers College, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, in partnership with the African Diaspora Consortium, developed the first-ever African Diaspora course that combines research and best practices to strengthen student outcomes. This grant will enable Teachers College to support teachers across the country, through various professional development opportunities, with implementing an AP Seminar with African Diaspora Content.(Substrategies: Educator Capacity and Content, Tools, and Services).
for support of the creation of a national coalition to advance civics education
The mission of the Center for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University is to champion children’s right to a meaningful opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and civic participation. Their efforts to prepare all students for civic participation and close civic education opportunity gaps have included state-level civic education equity initiatives in several states. This grant will support the creation of a national coalition of students, parents, and educators that will increase awareness and understanding of the importance of civics education. (Substrategy: Student and Community Voice)
for support of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education’s scaling of African Diaspora Content
Hosted by Teachers College, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, in partnership with the African Diaspora Consortium, developed and piloted the first-ever African Diaspora Content. African Diaspora Content is a course whose curriculum and professional development combine foundational elements of research and best practices that have demonstrated promise for enhancing academic outcomes for all students, regardless of background. African Diaspora Content is multidisciplinary and not solely history focused, and it includes the role of arts to communicate, connect, and uplift community. The content allows teachers to delve into topics that are culturally relevant, particularly for African American and Afro-Latino students, and connect these themes to Advanced Placement frameworks. This grant will support the scaling of these efforts in partner school districts and create professional development opportunities for teachers across the country. (Substrategies: Educator Capacity; Content, Tools, and Services)