Even before the pandemic, NAEP scores for students saw unprecedented declines, especially in math. Afterschool STEM programming plays a unique role in promoting academic outcomes, supporting social-emotional development, and leveraging the home and community environments as places for extended learning. That's why Overdeck Family Foundation aims to make high-quality afterschool STEM accessible to all students.
In recent years, more and more proof points have emerged that well-designed, externally-provided professional learning can drive significant improvements in both teacher and student-level outcomes, and do so at a fraction of the cost of the average school system’s annual spend on professional development. We explore why scaling this type of professional learning for educators is critical, the impact it can have on student learning, and what still remains to be learned.
In 2021, Overdeck Family Foundation made grants totaling $3.75 million to organizations that support family STEM. This post explores the importance of engaging families in their children's STEM learning and highlights three organizations that are leading the way.
The Early Impact portfolio at Overdeck Family Foundation funds programs that support school readiness both in and out of "school," ensuring that every child has the opportunity for a strong start. This year, with the many challenges and setbacks created by the pandemic, that work is more critical than ever. This post highlights some of our grantee organizations engaging in this important work.
This summer presents a unique opportunity to both re-engage disconnected students and help those who have fallen behind get to grade level. In this post, we spotlight four organizations that take diverse evidence-based approaches to summer STEM, all focused on student engagement, social emotional learning, and STEM mindset development.
Nobody could have predicted a year ago what the 2020-21 school year would bring. We’re grateful to the many grantees in the Innovative Schools portfolio who were well-positioned to incorporate tech-enabled innovation to meet the moment.
We’ve been proud funders of EdReports since 2017, and are excited to support them with a new grant of $400,000 to help them reach more districts and students across the country.
COVID-19: $2.6 Million of Rapid Response Grants for Digitizing Services, Growth and Expansion, Educational Materials, and Research
Overdeck Family Foundation has approved a series of rapid response grants totaling over $2.6 million in funding across four categories: digitizing services, growth and expansion, educational materials, and research.
Learn about the Family Math movement, a cross-sector collaboration that promotes math activities early and often within the context of family relationships and everyday life.
Five lessons from funding cross-grantee collaboration projects.