NGLC grants are made to address specific barriers to educational success. NGLC's second wave of funding, and first in secondary education, was "Building Blocks for College Readiness.”
NGLC announced the second wave of funding in January 2011 focused on a single, integrated challenge comprised of two interdependent elements: next generation approaches to learning content, and next generation assessments. Applicants were asked to describe their plans to develop and refine learning modules for 7th-9th grade core content, with a clear identification of how such modules might fit into larger learning sequences and capture Common Core standards-based performance data. Details are available in the RFP (now closed).
After receiving more than 230 initial applications, NGLC announced final winners in June 2011.
Despite billions of dollars spent to improve public education, nearly three of every ten students will not finish high school. The dropout rate is even higher – nearly 50 percent – among African Americans, Hispanics and low-income students.
We need to engage students through state-of-the-art pedagogy, technology, and assessment to accelerate student engagement and mastery of critical competencies. These tools can provide students and teachers with continuous, objective data that pinpoint individual areas of excellence and need. NGLC hopes to seed new models that take the best of what we know about learning, student support, and effective pedagogy to produce whole schools resulting in higher learning outcomes with the potential for scale.
In July 2011, NGLC awarded 19 grants for interactive learning modules and embedded assessments designed to improve mastery of 7th – 9th grade level Common Core Standards in math and literacy. From game-based learning environments to rich media platforms, "Building Blocks for College Readiness" supports technology-enabled solutions to help students gain deeper learning competencies while providing teachers with data to inform their own approach.
Learn more about Wave II: Building Blocks grant recipients and their work to improve learning through technology-enabled innovations.