Thursday, June 17, 2010

College readiness work: a bit more on the Gates Foundation investment (repeat post)

I'm reposting this in response to discussion with some great teachers this morning:

Here are two good sources of added information on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's new investments in college readiness

First, Vicki Phillips and Carina Wong explain the overall strategy in an article on "Tying Together the Common Core of Standards, Instruction, and Assessments"  in the February 2010 Kappan (scroll down to the "Features").  Respectively, they are the Foundation's director of education and its deputy director for College-Ready Work. 

Second, the Foundation press release from February, begins:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced 15 grants totaling more than $19.5 million to support the development and testing of prototype classroom assessments and instructional tools in math and literacy to help educators better prepare all students for success beyond high school. The investments are part of the foundation’s support of the effort to build a coherent system of consistent college- and career-ready standards, aligned assessments, and teaching tools to strengthen teacher effectiveness and dramatically improve student achievement.
The Prichard Committee project blogged here is a piece of this larger effort.


  1. Have already heard from 3 members of the Jessamine team that today's convening was another great session -thanks!

  2. Had a great opportunity to hear Vicki Phillips at the National PTA convention in Memphis along with Arne Duncan and natl teacher of the year, Sarah Brown Wessling. Bottom line, (to quote Ms. Wessling) all our students/children "are worth the kind of learning that is worth doing" we must challenge, we must look to innovative programs and methods, we need to shift the landscape and have an authentic conversation. Again, Ms. Wessling "we need 21st century teachers not just adults teaching in the 21st century" I'd even say we need 21st century parents as well.


Updates and data on Kentucky education!