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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child

Deadline: September 13, 2019

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) invites applications from U.S.-based teams of schools, support organizations, and/or researchers who want to apply the science of learning and human development to improve existing school-based practices that develop self-direction and curiosity, specifically in adolescents (ages 11-18 years old). These practices may address foundational and precursory competencies, skills, and mindsets, or “building blocks” (as theorized by frameworks such as Building Blocks for Learning), specifically for adolescents (ages 11-18 years old).

The goal of the Effective School Practices to Support the Whole Child opportunity (the opportunity) is to:

  • Identify and improve school practices by leveraging the science of learning and human development, so that more teachers and schools have access to resources that help students build academic skills as well as competencies beyond academics
  • Leverage various ways to integrate research and practice to accelerate the application of adolescent development knowledge to the design and practice of learning environments

The opportunity is intended to support specific projects that will:

  • Identify a specific school-based practice
  • Use the science of learning and human development to refine and iterate the practice
  • Collect data to measure how the practice impacts the intended competencies, skills, and mindsets
  • Use data collected to improve the practice’s design

CZI is looking for practices that go beyond standalone interventions and are integrated into the core structure(s) of the school model, including teaching and learning, school culture and climate, mentoring/advisory, and/or professional learning.

Amount: Grants will range from $300,000-$750,000 to support projects over a 12-month or 24-month period.

Eligibility: Organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3. Schools must be K-12 institutions and can include public district, public charter, and/or independent/private schools. See solicitation for additional eligibility details.

Link: https://chanzuckerberg.com/rfa/effective-school-practices-to-support-the-whole-child/

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