The Education Funders Research Initiative (EdFunders) is a project of Philanthropy New York supported by 16 funding organizations that have pursued a diverse array of education reform strategies. Following more than a year of organizing and research development, Philanthropy New York publicly launched EdFunders on October 8 at Trinity Wall Street.
Over 130 attendees joined us and an esteemed panel, including Scott Evenbeck, President of Guttman Community College; Judith Johnson, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mount Vernon City School District; New York State Education Commissioner John B. King; NYC Department of Education Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor Shael Suransky-Polakow; and moderator Beth Fertig of WNYC to discuss the first two research papers commissioned by EdFunders.
Thanks to our dedicated Tweet team, we have a Storify recap of our launch event — you can read it (and several other resources and write-ups) below.
- The first two full research reports from EdFunders — “College and Career Readiness in Context” and “New York City Schools: Following the Learning Trajectories of a Cohort” — and short summaries of each paper are now available at http://edfundersresearch.org/research. We hope you will share those reports and summaries with your networks of people engaged in education reform.
- You can read the Storify collection of Tweets from our October 8 launch at http://storify.com/PhilanthropyNY/education-funders-research-initiative-launch.
- Beth Fertig also reported from our launch event and reviewed the EdFunders reports for The New York Times’ SchoolBook blog.
- The Century Foundation’s Halley Potter shared three proposals from our launch event that she found particularly compelling on the foundation’s Blog of the Century.
The EdFunders conversation continues at our online Education Forum, an ideas hub where key leaders will debate pressing issues facing the New York City public school system. Upcoming sessions will focus on narrowing the achievement gap in NYC, school choice and more.
And we hope you can join us on Thursday, November 21 for the release and panel discussion of the third EdFunders report and priorities for the next administration. At that event, we will go even deeper into the question: How can we improve on what’s working in NYC education?