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Robin Hood Announces its first $3.85 Million in Grants From $25 Million Learning + Technology Fund
By: Marketwired .
Sep. 13, 2017 02:00 PM
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 13, 2017) - Thanks to the support of the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund, 2,500 students and their teachers are heading into a new school year ready to model how technology can elevate learning across our schools.
Established in 2015 by Robin Hood, the Overdeck Family Foundation and Siegel Family Endowment with a donation of $25 million, the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund aims to unlock the potential of technology to transform learning and advance achievement for low-income students in New York City.
"A quality education is one of the most important factors in breaking the cycle of poverty," said Wes Moore, Robin Hood's CEO. "In today's digitally-driven world, that quality education must involve innovative solutions that leverage the role of technology. The Fund partners directly with school leaders and educators who are on the front lines of this fight to identify solutions for the modern era and bring them to children in communities across the city."
Over the next five years, the Fund will partner with high-poverty schools across New York City to build whole-school demonstration sites for two potentially powerful learning strategies:
"An achievement gap in reading and writing has held back poor New Yorkers for decades. We believe that a content-rich, blended strategy holds great promise to allow kids to achieve their potential," said John Overdeck, Co-Chair of the fund.
"It is imperative that we move beyond the view of technology as just a tool to prepare students for a technical job," said David Siegel, Co-Chair of the Fund. "Our integrated computational thinking strategy is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of technology to teach our students a new type of literacy and personal expression that prepares them to be thinkers and producers in our global knowledge economy."
The Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund's first three grants, serving students in 24 schools in 2017-18, reflect the mission of fund in their support of:
"Technology has transformed our society, but it has yet to achieve its full potential across the education system," said Amber Oliver, the new Director of the Fund. "The Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with visionary school leaders, educators, and organizations to reframe how we think about technology in our schools not as an end in itself, but as a tool to spark and deepen learning. Our first three grants put us on the path to achieving this mission."
The Fund is guided by an advisory board that includes:
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