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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Family Engagement to Improve Student Learning

Deadline: October 8, 2021

Carnegie Corporation of New York is committed to supporting effective partnerships between educators and families, and to fostering innovation in the family engagement field. Family engagement is one of the most influential factors in educational outcomes, particularly for students of color, multilingual learners, and students from low-income backgrounds. Research shows that students learn more when families have a meaningful role in their education.

Despite the disruptions of the past year, one positive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was that it broke down the imagined barrier between home and school. Educators worked hand-in-hand with parents to support students, and discovered what is possible when collaboration with families is a priority. These experiences demonstrated the value of involving parents and caregivers from diverse perspectives and backgrounds in co-creating and advocating for the learning opportunities their children deserve. This new paradigm for family engagement may have been born of necessity, but it has the potential to dismantle longstanding educational inequities and create lasting change.

Through this Call for Proposals, the Corporation hopes to achieve:

increased trust between participating educators and parents
refined theories of action, family engagement models, and aligned metrics to assess impact
improved grantee and educator capacity to engage diverse families, including multilingual families, with a focus on improving student learning
improved school and/or district conditions to support family engagement beyond this initiative
sustainable family engagement models to carry this work forward beyond the scope of the grant period
improved knowledge about family engagement practices that effectively support student learning

The Corporation is looking for organizations and projects that:

have deep roots in their local communities
support learning of Black, Latinx, Native American, low-income, and/or multilingual students
support student learning in public elementary, middle, or high schools, including a focus on math, language arts, science, or social-emotional learning
support partnerships with school districts and Title I schools to achieve project goals
involve collaboration between educators and families in ongoing and sustained ways
have the potential for scale

Amount: 10 nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $50,000-$100,000, with the potential to renew for a second year.

Note: Grantees will also participate in a community of practice where they will collaborate and learn from one another, while benefiting from professional learning workshops and one-on-one support.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with: experience developing or currently implementing family engagement projects linked to student learning; existing relationships with school districts to support student learning; at least two part-time employees or one full-time equivalent employee to lead project coordination and professional learning in connection with this project; and a staff that reflects the school and family populations with whom the organization works.

Note: Preference will be given to organizations that have not ever received Corporation funding.

Link: https://www.carnegie.org/news/articles/call-proposals-family-engagement-improve-student-learning

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