Wallace Foundation funds study of whether and how community institutions can work together on education reform.
New York (March 18, 2014) – The Wallace Foundation is awarding a grant to researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University to study whether and how community institutions in three mid-sized cities can work together to tackle social and educational challenges in their local communities.
The $799,000 grant will support a comparative study of efforts in Buffalo and two other cities to pursue education reform and community revitalization through collaborations by institutions in the government, business, education, and nonprofit sectors. The research team, selected after a competitive process, is led by Jeffrey Henig and Carolyn Riehl, of the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis. Other key members are Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff, of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, which focuses on expanding educational opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The team will select the other two cities for the study by year’s end, drawing from a growing number of U.S. cities exploring this ambitious but complex approach to reform….