Public Education: A Signature Initiative
Our primary goal for public education is to lead the effort - with our many community partners - to reduce statewide drop-out rates for at-risk students.
|The I Pledge campaign, funded by The Rhode Island Foundation and The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, was designed in the fall of 2012 to generate a positive rallying cry around education and show support for our educators and students.|
Activities toward the goal
Examples of our integrated grantmaking, development, and community leadership activities toward this goal include:
The Foundation is co-sponsoring an education speaker series with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Featured speakers for "Building a 21st Century Education System in Rhode Island: Getting it Done" have included:
- Robert Balfanz, Ph.D, research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University
- Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Ph.D., president, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County; see video clips from the talk and panel discussion
The Foundation co-hosted with WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR station, a community forum, "What makes a great teacher?" This community forum series is made possible with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Spotlight on public education
What makes this work possible?
The Foundation has committed a significant amount of unrestricted funds - dollars given by generous Rhode Islanders who have left the decision of what the state's most pressing needs are to the Foundation - as well as field of interest funds for education to improve public education. Examples of field of interest funds for education established through the years include the Alice M. Howland Fund, established in 1944, and the Norman and Dorothy R. McCulloch, established 50 years later.
If you also want to improve public education in Rhode Island, we invite you to join us. Call or email Denise Jenkins, grant programs officer, (401) 427-4008.