Nellie Mae Education Foundation Announces Catalyst for Change Grants

The Massachusetts-based Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced grants totaling $600,000 to twelve schools and organizations working to provide personalized student-centered learning experiences across the New England region.

Made through the foundation's Catalyst for Change program, the $50,000 grants were awarded to groups working to define, implement, or promote student-centered learning through school models, policy change, and advocacy efforts. Each grantee focuses on a core facet of schooling rather than stand-alone education programs and has demonstrated that its approach helps improve educational outcomes for middle and high school students, especially those who are underserved.

The grantees are the Boston Arts Academy; the Boston Day & Evening Academy; Domus in Stamford, Connecticut; Jobs for Maine's Graduates in Augusta, Maine; Northeast Kingdom Learning Services - Learning Works in Newport, Vermont; the Q.E.D. Foundation in Amherst, New Hampshire; Sheepscot Valley Regional School Union #12 in Wiscasset, Maine; Springfield Renaissance School in Massachusetts; Steps to Success in Brookline, Massachusetts; Vermont Rural Partnership in East Hardwick; the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond; and Young Voices in Providence, Rhode Island.

"The selection process has helped us become more aware of efforts already taking place across the region to put students at the center of the educational experience," said Mary Sylvia Harrison, vice president of programs at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. "We're pleased to recognize these schools and organizations, and we look forward to further exploring how to build on the momentum for innovation that these models create."

"Twelve New England Schools and Organizations Receive "Catalyst for Change" Awards." Nellie Mae Education Foundation Press Release 02/16/2010.