Debates about the merits of impact investing typically focus on two key variables – financial returns and social returns. From where I sit, the rush to view potential returns through this lens is unnecessarily limiting. – Geeta Goel
The ed reform movement has collectively poured talent into schools; we now need to exert the same energy to build a cadre of professionals qualified to oversee charter authorizing organizations and school portfolio management offices/functions.
Financial inclusion is increasingly viewed as a viable means of helping families escape poverty, but making the shift means more than opening accounts; it means changing behaviors. Radhika Binani discusses best practices for designing financial literacy programs that can help.
Our research into five blended learning models uncovered a set of key questions to help guide understanding of the viability of new implementations, and of their potential for positive impact on student outcomes. Cheryl Niehaus shares them on our blog.
What happens when a high-need community can't effectively absorb all the aid that flows in? Aliya Hussaini looks at how one organization has helped Austin's Dove Springs community get a handle on all the various programs at work in its schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods.
Deloitte's influential "Beyond the Pioneer" report calls for facilitators to help ensure that promising market-based solutions to poverty take hold. Geeta Goel says that philanthropy is uniquely situated to take on that role, putting impact capital to work to break barriers.
We need to develop blended learning models that serve all learners and that free teachers to be as effective as possible. With that in mind, we believe it’s time to stop asking broadly whether blended learning works, and focus instead on questions such as which models and online programs are most effective for which types of students?
As low-income and often first-generation students, Dell Scholars overcome long odds to graduate within six years. Most do so with under $8,000 in student loans, compared with the national average of almost $33,000. Ninfa Murillo looks at six simple tactics that make the difference.
As the the ed tech sector evolves, how can we ensure that it does more than deepen the educational divide? Micah Sagebiel on a promising generation of new companies, and on the role that impact investors can play in nudging the sector toward a focus on social progress.