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Building a Field, Grant by Grant

In 2010, the Hewlett Foundation committed to an ambitious vision for improving public education in the U.S.: Ensuring underserved students develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in college, careers and civic life in the 21st century. Education First has...
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The Nuts and Bolts of Funder Collaboration

The year was 2013. Opposition to the Common Core—and to the new assessments aligned to these more rigorous standards—was running high. And states were suddenly questioning their prior commitment to using high quality assessments, like PARCC and Smarter Balanced, to...
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High Quality Assessment Project

Over three years, Education First has supported grantmaking and technical assistance to a network of grantee local and state advocacy organizations as they engaged in the critical tasks of educating state boards, legislators governors and the media; identifying and supporting teacher advocates; and engaging parents as new tests are adopted and administered and as score reports are released.

Core to College

Education First facilitated a network of state grantees improving alignment between K-12 and higher education on the Common Core and new assessments.

The Path to Scale: Ideas for Navigating Non-Profit Growth

In 2012 we worked with the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation to organize a two-day session to help education grantees learn more about change management strategies, organizational sustainability, evaluation and measurement and communications. In this report, we summarize...
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