We're proud to support the 2021-22 Learning Engineering Tools Competition, alongside Schmidt Futures, Citadel founder and CEO Ken Griffin, Walton Family Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment. Co-funding this event is an important next step in ensuring that we continue to make progress in our goal of finding and funding early stage organizations, and supporting them to develop, innovate, and test new solutions and programs that improve key academic and socio-emotional outcomes for all children.
The just-released America After 3PM Special Report, “STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist,” funded by Overdeck Family Foundation, found that afterschool programs are offering more STEM learning opportunities, but inequities exist and millions of children are missing out. For every child in an afterschool program, three are waiting to get in.
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.
New Report: Pandemic Learning Reveals the Value of High-Quality Instructional Materials to Educator-Family-Student Partnerships
A new report by the Center for Public Research and Leadership found that digitally-accessible high-quality instructional materials increased student learning and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the additional challenges that students and families experienced due to remote learning. Read more here.
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.