Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards $3.1 Million to Urban School Districts

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.1 million to seven urban school districts in New England.

Through its New Approaches in Urban Districts initiative, the foundation will award each district a grant of $450,000 over twenty months to implement systemic remodeling efforts that better equip students with the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills they need to succeed in today's workforce. Selected from a pool of twenty-two applicants, the recipients are Providence, Rhode Island; Chelsea and Revere in Massachusetts; and Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, and New Haven in Connecticut.

Among other things, the grants will enable each district to expand and strengthen specific student-centered approaches such as blended learning and performance-based assessment systems, while supporting the formation of a cross-district learning network that provides opportunities to develop a culture of peer-supported learning.

"We are proud to work with these districts as they strive to shape the future of learning by implementing more personalized and tailored approaches," said NMEF president and CEO Nicholas C. Donohue. "Our hope is that these grants will help these communities reshape educational opportunities to graduate a higher number of students prepared for twenty-first-century success."

"NMEF Awards $3.15 Million in Grants to Urban Districts." Nellie Mae Education Foundation Press Release 04/03/2013.