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

Three Massachusetts Groups Awarded “Promise Neighborhood” Planning Grants

The U.S. Department of Education yesterday awarded 21 “Promise Neighborhood” planning grants to nonprofit organizations and universities across the country, three of which are based in Massachusetts. The one-year grants of up to $500,000 are designed to help these groups create plans to provide comprehensive “cradle to career” services for children.

“Communities across the country recognize that education is the one true path out of poverty,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These Promise Neighborhoods applicants are committed to putting schools at the center of their work to provide comprehensive services for young children and students.”

The Massachusetts winners are Community Day Care Center of Lawrence, Inc. in Lawrence, the United Way of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston.

As reported in the Boston Globe, “the $500,000 grant to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a community-based organization, represents a major milestone in replicating the Harlem Children’s Zone locally. For years, different groups of city leaders, philanthropists, and community activists have toured the Harlem program, returning each time to Boston energized, but unable to sustain the momentum.”

One of City Connects’ schools, Orchard Gardens, is located in Dudley Street’s target neighborhood of Roxbury, which is also part of Boston Mayor Tom Menino’sCircle of Promise,” a 5-square-mile area in where the Mayor and Boston Public Schools have been trying to set up a coalition to provide wraparound services for children. Dudley Street will partner with the City of Boston, nonprofit groups, philanthropists, after-school providers, religious leaders, and universities to advance this agenda.

Next year, the President has requested $210 million in his budget, including $200 million to support implementation of Promise Neighborhood projects and $10 million for planning grants for new communities.

For more information: