The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced a three-year, $3 million grant to New American Schools, a nonprofit organization that provides educators with school-improvement strategies, and the Education Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) for Middle Start, an initiative to strengthen schooling in the middle grades.
Middle Start, a comprehensive school-improvement program for the middle grades developed by the Kellogg Foundation, the Academy for Educational Development, and several other Michigan- and Mid-South-based partners, is dedicated to building strong local, state, and regional support for middle schools and middle-school students across the country. EEF, an NAS affiliate that works to promote the quality and sustainability of school-improvement service providers, will provide assistance in the areas of model refinement and business planning, while NAS will concentrate on external-relations guidance as the program is adopted and implemented on a wider scale.
"An innovative partnership of this kind is exactly the type of wide-scale effort that is required for deep and lasting improvement in our schools," said NAS president and CEO Mary Anne Schmitt.