When schools shut down last March, parents suddenly became tutors and teachers. Schools, no longer able to send information home in backpacks, had to find new ways of communicating. These developments accelerated an appreciation of family engagement to a degree hard to imagine a year ago.
In Q2 2021, our foundation awarded 29 grants totaling over $12 million dollars. Of these, 9 grants were new, while 20 were renewals. This post highlights just some of the many organizations we’re proud to support.
New Report: Learning at Home While Under-Connected—Lower-Income Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Compiled from survey data of 1,000 parents of children ages three to thirteen, with total household incomes below the national median of $75,000, this new report provides timely, pointed, and thought-provoking insights on the challenges of learning at home while being under-connected, as well as some unexpected bright spots from a year of pandemic learning and parenting.
Though the pandemic seems to be coming to its long-awaited conclusion, the months ahead are going to be daunting, Here's how foundations can help as school systems face the dual challenges of learning recovery and acceleration, while supporting students’ academic and socioemotional needs.
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.
COVID-19 posed incredible challenges to our education system, but within those challenges came opportunities for growth and improvement. This piece focuses on what worked during COVID, and the importance of keeping high expectations, high-quality instructional materials, and choice and flexibility in a post-pandemic world.
As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in 2021, we reflect on educators' roles pre-COVID, and three themes that have emerged over the past year that we see continuing in a post-pandemic world.
Tech-Enabled Math Solutions: Investing in the Growth and Continued Innovation of Two High-Quality Math Platforms
The pandemic put the benefits of tech-enabled solutions front and center. While traditional math curriculum providers struggled to adapt, digital and tech-enabled curriculum and solution providers were able to quickly respond to student needs, decreasing the amount of interrupted learning that students experienced. In this post, we highlight two solutions that measurably accelerate math learning: Zearn and ST Math.
NJPRF and Overdeck Family Foundation Partner with TCNJ to Launch Summer Tutoring Corps Program to Tackle COVID-Related Learning Loss
The NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program is designed to accelerate student learning and address COVID-related learning loss. It's made possible through a combined $2.4 million grant from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and Overdeck Family Foundation.
In Q1 of 2021, our foundation awarded 32 grants totaling $12.27 million. Of these, 14 grants were new, while 16 were renewals. This post highlights just some of the many organizations we’re proud to support.