NGLC's Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools

Educators, school designers, and innovation partners across the nation are working hard to design and launch innovative schools – Breakthrough Schools – to accelerate student achievement through personalized, mastery-based, blended learning models. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is nurturing this school redesign movement with investments to support grantees, learn from their experiences, and share promising emerging practices across the country.

With the commitment of a number of partners, NGLC began this work with greater intensity in selected cities across the U.S.

The Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools focused initially on two cities – Washington, D.C. and Chicago – and has since expanded to four additional regions in 2014. 

Supporting partners for the sites include:

  • The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

This regional expansion of NGLC’s national investments is designed to:

  • Reach more entrepreneurs at all levels of public education who have a dream – and the outlines of a plan – to design and launch new kinds of schools that engage students much more personally in their own learning
  • Ignite (or expand) a culture and community of innovation in the selected cities by enlisting local partners and building active, geographically-centered new school networks
  • Encourage city-level cooperation and alignment between key partners including school districts, philanthropists, mayors’ offices, innovation incubators, community-based organizations, and (in some cases) state education agencies
  • Expand interest in these personalized, mastery-based, blended learning models by other educators in the regional sites and surrounding districts and cities

Educators and school designers from the sites joining this initiative benefit from a wide range of locally-based supports and networks provided, in part, by the lead community partners and in part through NGLC’s national programs. Aspiring school designers also have access to grant funds specifically designated to support schools in their respective city.

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