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Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support 'high-quality talk' among children, parents, and teachers.
—Jeff Swensen for Education Week-File

MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning

The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.” (October 20, 2015)

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Since 2008, the philanthropy has spent about $700 million on a variety of teacher-quality initiatives. Critics fear that the Seattle-based foundation is having an outsized influence.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose priorities include global health and U.S. education, has made initiatives focused on teacher quality a key dimension of its recent grantmaking strategy.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
In an Education Week interview, the philanthropist speaks about the Gates Foundation's work on teacher issues, responds to criticism, and vows to keep a K-12 focus for the long haul.
October 17, 2013 - Education Week
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
A study found that requiring students to participate in community service to graduate led to significant boosts in 8th grade volunteering, but actually decreased volunteering among older students.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers also found a growing share of philanthropic dollars going to "challengers to the system"—mainly charter schools.
May 7, 2013 - Education Week
Rapid change in education—and society—has intensified the debate to a level not seen since the battles over school desegregation.
May 7, 2013 - Education Week
School Project Blurs Line Between Public, Private
An unusual school improvement partnership in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district is drawing attention and raising hopes.
January 9, 2013 - Education Week
The "Star Wars" creator has pledged to donate the majority of proceeds from the $4.05 billion sale of his film company to education initiatives.
November 13, 2012 - Education Week
A public-private model for early learning is generating national interest—and some high hopes.
November 6, 2012 - Education Week

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