City Connects Executive Director in Education Week

On the heels of the Education Innovation Forum happening in DC later this week, City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh was quoted in an Education Week article about the Forum. Read the article here:

Event Aims to Leverage ‘i3’ Competition Momentum

Said Mary:

I’ve written a lot of grants in my life, and no one has ever said, ‘Well, you didn’t get it, but here is the chance to talk to a large and deep group of policymakers, grantmakers, the for-profit world. … Let’s have a conversation and see where your ideas and your practice can move,’” said Mary Walsh, the executive director of City Connects, a Boston-based organization that promotes the integration of academics with support services.

Stay tuned for updates from the Forum on Thursday and Friday, or come visit us in booth 201! We’ll be updating via Twitter @CityConnects using the hashtag #EdInno.

City Connects to Attend Innovation Forum

After submitting a highly-rated but not funded Investing in Innovation, or “i3,” proposal (see our post about it here), City Connects has been invited to attend the Aspen Institute’s Education Innovation Forum & Expo in Washington, DC, Jan. 20-21, 2011. According to the Aspen Institute, the event will bring together over 500 leading education innovators and philanthropic, for-profit and institutional investors, with some of the country’s most creative public and private sector leaders to address the most intractable challenges facing American education.

We are excited for the opportunity to share our approach to optimizing student support and addressing the out-of-school factors that impact learning. If you’ll be there, stop by and say hello–we will be in booth 201! If not, the event will be webcast live–more info here.

For more information:

  • Visit the data.ed.gov i3 site to learn more about the  i3 proposals
  • See a summary of the City Connects i3 proposal here
  • Follow the U.S. Department of Education on Twitter @USEDgov and the Aspen Institute at @AspenInstitutel; the hashtag for the forum is #edinno

City Connects Highly Rated Among i3 Proposals

The U.S. Department of Education announced the applicants for the “Investing in Innovation,” or i3, grants who achieved high ratings but were not funded. We were pleased to learn that City Connects was the next-highest-rated proposal (after the awardees) in our category of validation grants for growing programs with evidence of success–see a list of proposals and their scores here. Of the 1,700 applicants, 49 were awarded grants, 15 of those in the validation category.

In an announcement, the Department of Education said it is planning to convene a summit for the promising applicants who were highly rated but not funded “in order to continue to support innovation and evidence based practice . . . and highlight these high quality programs at a forum at which potential funding partners may support efforts that the department is unable to directly support at this time.”

The administration has requested an additional $500 million in funding to continue the i3 program in FY 2011.

For more information:

  • Visit the data.ed.gov i3 site to learn more about the  i3 proposals
  • See a summary of the City Connects i3 proposal here
  • See the 49 funded projects receiving i3 grants here
  • Follow the U.S. Department of Education on Twitter @USEDgov