Like many states, Texas has a quickly growing English Language Learner student population – and educators serving these students face increasingly complex regulatory requirements to track student interventions and outcomes.
One of the questions we are continuously grappling with is how to maximize the impact of our giving. We want to know that the products or services we are investing in actually meet the needs of beneficiaries. To this end, we are learning that the market can serve as a powerful mechanism to ensure that products or services are responsive to and meet the needs of beneficiaries.
It is an exciting time in India. Disruptive ideas along with inspirational talent are changing the way social problems are being addressed. A new breed of for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs are busting myths and aggressively pushing the boundaries to challenge the status quo and to test ideas that have never been tried before.
In 2011, our India team came across two brilliant young brothers in Bangalore – Harsha and Soorya Mahabala – who had formed an organization called Edutel. The two brothers discovered they could broadcast lessons from high-quality teachers to affordable private schools across urban and rural Bangalore using spare government satellite bandwidth.
For first-generation students, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to college success. From mentorship to financial aid, there are a multitude of supports that contribute to the success of students getting to – and through – college.
Teaching is a high stakes, demanding profession that requires a highly trained and highly skilled professional to ensure every child in a classroom is learning. For too long, inconsistent teacher quality in urban schools has resulted in declining student achievement and widening opportunity gaps. As noted in a case study published by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, at Urban Teachers we are working hard to change this. We have committed to preparing a pipeline of demonstrably effective teachers who are accountable to student learning and who are dedicated to teaching in high-need schools for the long haul.
This is part of a series of case studies that highlight how four teacher preparation programs define data literacy training for their teacher candidates. In partnership with WestEd, we studied four programs – Western Oregon University, Boston Teacher Residency, Relay Graduate School of Education and Urban Teachers – to help shed light on what constitutes … Continued
As an AVID student, I received tremendous support in applying for college (and all that comes with it.) They encouraged us to apply for scholarships, so I spent a lot of free time in the computer lab doing exactly that. This was when I first became familiar with the Dell Scholars Program. Since the Dell Scholars Program is known to provide support to its scholars, my AVID teacher encouraged the entire class to apply, reminded us of deadlines and guided us through the process.
Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) is a national, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education serving 1,400 graduate students across eight campuses. We are guided by the mission to prepare teachers and principals to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life.
To get to college, students must navigate a series of incremental steps, well beyond simply being prepared academically. Taking the SATs, applying to schools that are a good fit, accessing financial aid, getting to campus—the list goes on. Students – and particularly would-be first-generation college goers – face many potential pitfalls on the path to college. Researchers, practitioners and policymakers have developed a deep understanding of the barriers students can face and the programmatic and policy solutions to support students over them.