25 Impact Opportunities In U.S. K-12 Education

25 Impact Opportunities In U.S. K-12 Education
Authored by Getting Smart in partnership with Vulcan, Inc.
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With support from Vulcan Inc, a Paul Allen company, Getting Smart conducted a series of expert interviews with education and philanthropy leaders, and led a design workshop, to identify and vet impact investment strategies in U.S. K-12 education. This resulting report outlines opportunities where organizations can participate in making significant shifts in the American education landscape, ultimately improving student outcomes.

Through our research and interviews, approximately four dozen impact opportunities were identified in the following 10 categories and are described within the report:

  1. Student-Centered Learning
  2. New School Development
  3. Professional Learning & Development
  4. Next-Gen Assessment
  5. Entrepreneurship Education
  6. Portable Data & Parent Engagement
  7. Learning Resources
  8. Social-Emotional Learning
  9. Early Learning
  10. STEM, Coding & Computer Science

Over the last 15 years philanthropic investment has highlighted the potential for new school development, and over the last five years private investment has powered the EdTech revolution. The combination of new schools and new tools has created a platform for innovation—an opportunity to create much more engaging, supportive, student-driven learning. We hope this report will make more people and organizations aware of impact opportunities they have on education and want to thank those involved for their contributions to this publication. The time to take action is now! View the workshop videos:

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