Nellie Mae Education Foundation Selects EDC to Support New Approaches Initiative

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The largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), has selected EDC to advance the goals of its $3.15 million grants initiative New Approaches in Urban Districts (New Approaches). Over the next two years, New Approaches will build the capacity of seven districts—Chelsea, Mass.; Hartford, Conn.; Manchester, Conn.; Meriden, Conn.; New Haven, Conn.; Providence, R.I.; and Revere, Mass.— to implement systemic approaches to student-centered learning that will enable more students to achieve at a higher level and meet the Common Core State Standards.

NMEF has awarded EDC a grant to design and implement the New Approaches Learning Community, a cross-district community of practice designed to inform and strengthen the seven districts’ efforts. Led by Leslie Hergert and Eliza Fabillar, the community of practice will feature the use of innovation design and rapid prototyping as strategies to guide teams of educators and community members in developing and implementing interventions that focus on blended learning, performance assessment, leadership and culture, and community engagement.

Last Updated: April 2013