The Education Working Group is one of PNY’s largest and most well-established issue-based working groups. Through the working group, education funders pursuing a variety of programmatic strategies explore how policy issues are playing out in the city, state and nationwide, and also how working together can deepen their philanthropic impact. The working group sponsors programs on issues of interest to members, including accountability and evaluation systems that support teachers’ improvement, Common Core, school discipline, extended-time learning opportunities, school turnarounds and many other issues. In addition, it is exploring ways to expand and deepen funder collaboration, including sharing information about programs, funding strategies and research.
A subset of the Education Working Group came together in 2012 to develop a grant-funded project- the Education Funders Research Initiative- that generated the six priorities in education reform the New York City Department of Education should focus on with the change in mayoral administration in 2014.