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Next Generation Learning Challenges was founded in 2010 on two core principles:

  • First, that the experience of students in our schools needs to be more about learning and less about teaching. We all know from learning science and our own experience how powerful experiential, purpose-driven, and authentic learning can be, and yet our schools are not organized around what we know about “good learning.”
  • Second, while we all have a role to play, it is the educators who should lead this transformation, because they are closest to the students and the learning.

NGLC’s role is to enable those educators with the vision to transform their schools and the passion and courage to pursue it. Our efforts can be divided into four distinct areas of focus:


Imagining It: We invite communities to apply what they already know about powerful learning to rethink what is possible in public education.


Creating It: We invest in field-based innovators through challenge grants and help them design and build next gen schools.


Living It: If we want educators to champion next gen learning for their students, then we need to make sure they are experiencing next gen professional learning as well.


Growing It: The only way next gen learning can grow is when our systems help everyone—students through policy-makers—to do their best work, NOT by forcing change through mandates.


The People Behind NGLC

Since its founding in 2010, Next Generation Learning Challenges has grown into a network of over 150 grant recipients: schools, colleges and universities, and teams of innovators, educators, and technology professionals that have received educational grant funding via NGLC. The network also includes a burgeoning group of organizational and philanthropic partners who are actively expanding the adoption of innovations that completely reimagine K-12 and higher education in their regional communities and nationally. The network is supported by a talented and dedicated staff with expertise in promoting innovation design in education, supporting next gen learning practice, and guiding its adoption at scale.

NGLC is an EDUCAUSE initiative and EDUCAUSE holds management and fiduciary responsibility. The EDUCAUSE leadership team sets strategic and long-term goals that guide the day-to-day activities of NGLC. Funding for NGLC has primarily been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

NGLC was founded in 2010 by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NGLC is fortunate to have engaged additional partners and funders to fulfill its mission; a complete list is available on the Partners page.