“In the District of Columbia, we need many more high performing schools that can serve all students.” - Katherine Bradley, President of CityBridge Foundation.
Towards this end the CityBridge Foundation announced yesterday a $2 million competition for innovative learning models for schools in the District of Columbia. The Breakthrough Schools: DC challenge is part of the $21 million national Next Generation Challenges (NGLC) program that has committed to supporting nearly 60 new or revised blended learning schools servicing grades six through twelve across America. “Breakthrough Schools: D.C.," Ms. Bradley reflected, "is a significant opportunity for our teachers and leaders to take part in Washington, D.C.’s educational transformation."
This new effort piggybacks on CityBridge’s Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF) which has been providing professional development to charter and traditional school teachers who take advantage of blended learning techniques in their schools. Together, the hope is that the two initiatives, the EIF together with the NGLC, will completely transform public education in the nation’s capital.
The Washington Post’s Emma Brown adds today that schools can apply for planning grants of up to $100,000 each and can request a total of six. The reporter adds that awardees can then request up to $450,000 in creating their new schools to begin teaching at the beginning of the 2015 school year.
Ingenuity Prep, a brand-new charter serving grades pre-Kindergarten through Kindergarten was awarded an NGLC grant this summer. Winners of the NGLC awards teach others about innovative teaching methods to improve academics for all students, especially for underprivileged minority children.
CityBridge has made a $1 million commitment to the NGLC program, which it will raise with other participants. The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation will provide another million dollars, according to the Foundation.