Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools K-12 Breakthrough Models

The NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools accelerates innovative school redesign at the local level. In 2014, six Regional Funds partner organizations were selected through a competitive application process for their ability to support a vision of next generation learning in a supportive policy environment and educators ready to lead schools in designing or redesigning learning through personalized, mastery-based, blended learning models. The goal is to accelerate student achievement in these regions.

As of June 2015, a total of 49 schools were selected to receive funding and supports as a result of this effort.

NGLC is nurturing a school redesign movement with investments to support educators, school designers, and innovation partners to design and launch innovative schools—Breakthrough Schools—to accelerate student achievement through next gen learning models. As we learn from their experiences, we are sharing promising emerging practices across the country. (You can find more in-depth information on each of our regional partners using the links below.) 

With the commitment of a number of partners, NGLC intensified this effort in selected cities across the U.S. The Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools focused initially on two locations – Washington, D.C. and Chicago – and expanded to include 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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