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EAG Resources

  • EAG Spring Meeting 2019

    More about the governor's 2019 education agenda as seen in the two recent executive orders on post-secondary attainment and K-12 standards

  • EAG Summer 2018 Convening - Resources and Presentations

    Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Central Florida Foundation in Orlando for presentations on Florida Policy Landscape for Early Success, Early Success Plans, High School Graduation Rates and Statistical Dissconnects, and Innovative Scholarships' Survey Results and Goals. In addition, Philanthropy's Role with the Florida Partnership for Attainment was discussed.

  • The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

    Women have made progress over the past several decades; there are, however, significant areas for improvement for women in Florida. Since the publication of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s 2004 report The Status of Women in the States, Florida’s grade for women’s employment and earnings has worsened from a C- to a D+. The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions.

  • The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

    The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions. Released by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in partnership with Florida Philanthropic Network and Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.

    In this webcast, Julie Anderson, M.A., Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and members of Florida Women's Funding Alliance discuss: 

    • New data on women's employment and earnings status in Florida
    • Findings on wide disparities in the employment and earnings of women of color
    • Updates on recommendations for policies and programs to reduce barriers and ensure equity in Florida women’s employment and earnings
  • Innovative Scholarships - Updating Practices for Improved Outcomes

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    Moving the needle to create equity is no easy task. In order to create measurable change, foundations and other educational organizations must be willing to take risks and try new, nontraditional approaches to support students. During this session, attendees learned about new practices and innovative programs highlighted in a recently published white paper authored by Helios Education Foundation. The session will also include roundtable discussions facilitated by experts with practical experience creating and administering innovative approaches to support student success. Attendees left the session with an understanding of how nontraditional approaches such as emergency scholarships, wraparound supports, Promise scholarships, and performance-based scholarships can be applied to promote postsecondary success among traditionally underserved students. 

  • Beyond Traditional Scholarships

    This policy brief examines creative scholarship models that meet the needs of underserved students, often by moving beyond monetary aid in the direction of wrap-around student supports. While continuing to provide financial relief for income-qualified students, a number of these programs couple academic supports along with financial assistance in order to address non-monetary needs that often impede completion.

  • EAG Fall 2017 Convening - Resources and Presentations

    Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Quail Hollow Elementary School for a unique hands-on experience observing effective instruction consistent with the Florida Standards, interactions with principals and teachers and discussion on challenges and accomplishments. Funders also heard initial results and next steps of the College Access and Success Initiative, as well as insights into the upcoming legislative session. 

  • Homelessness and Education in Florida: Impacts on Children and Youth

    Preview the findings of Homelessness and Education in Florida: Impacts on Children and Youth, co-authored by the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at UF and Miami Homes for All. 

    Commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the report explores the impacts of homelessness and housing instability on the education of children and youth in Florida by focusing on students’ experiences. The findings are based on student data provided by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and phone interviews with school district staff serving as homelessness education liaisons in 29 counties throughout Florida. The report also includes policy recommendations based on the report findings and best practices from across the country.

  • Key Findings: Higher Education

    This one-pager highlights key findings in higher education from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Florida ranks in the bottom third of the nation for the percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Beyond Scholarships: How Foundations and Organizations are Rethinking Approaches to Promote Equity

    Moving the needle to create equity is no easy task. In order to create measurable change, foundations and other educational organizations must be willing to take risks and try new innovative approaches to support students. During this webinar, participants learned about work that the Helios Education Foundation, Florida Philanthropic Network and the Florida College Access Network are leading in compiling such practices and innovative programs.

  • EAG February 2017 Meeting

    FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group met for their annual meeting before the 2017 FPN Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, where attendees heard from leaders in education on Florida Standards implementation efforts and recent developments for increasing post-secondary degree attainment across the state. 

  • 2015 PISA Results Released

    The results of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have just been released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The results for the USA are once again a mixed bag, but do not show a consistent upward trajectory which is needed. Among the 35 countries, the US performed around average in science, the major domain of this assessment cycle. Its performance was also around average in reading, but below average in mathematics. There has been no significant change in science and reading performance since the last time they were the major domains (science in 2006 and reading in 2009). OECD, Dec. 2016

  • A Stronger Nation 2016

    Lumina's annual report of progress toward the goal, A Stronger Nation offers detailed data arrays that describe postsecondary attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report also provides postsecondary attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions.

  • A Stronger Nation through Higher Education

    Lumina Foundation's signature report on college attainment statistics is designed to track the progress toward its goal of having 60% of Americans hold a post-secondary degree or credential by the year 2025.

  • Investigating developmental and college-level course enrollment and passing before and after Florida’s developmental education reform

    As we learned in earlier EAG meetings, beginning with 2014 fall semester, developmental education in Florida was made optional for most students. This report from the Dr. Hu at FSU (also a presenter at EAG meetings) compares enrollment and passing rates in developmental reading, writing, and mathematics courses as well as gateway English and mathematics courses. Institute for Education Sciences; Oct. 6, 2016 

  • Education Works Virtual Forum: Challenges of Implementing Florida Standards

    Catch up on the implementation of the Florida Standards since 2014 and the challenges educators have faced in this webinar hosted by FPN and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). Brian Dassler of Florida Department of Education and Ben Jackson of TNTP discuss implementation and what's being done to support teachers and districts.

  • Counting Florida High Quality Certifications

    In May, FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG) reported on Lumina’s latest report on attainment which, for the first time, included high quality post-secondary certifications. The Florida College System's Eric Godin presented data on how Florida is counting and increasing these certifications.

  • Working Together to Implement the Florida Standards

    While the Florida Standards have been adopted a couple of years ago, implementation continues. Ben Jackson, partner with TNTP, shared his organization’s work in Florida which has highlighted the challenges and continuing needs for our districts to fully implement the standards.

  • Improving Grade Level-Reading in Florida

    A movement is growing in Florida to increase the number of students reading at grade-level by the end of third grade — a critical indicator of future success in life. Eight Florida communities joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as charter members in 2012. Since then, two other communities have joined, and four more currently are developing their plans.

  • Why future doctors could be coming from Boynton Beach High

    ‪Quantum Foundation and Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties help fund Boynton Beach High School medical program alongside Mary & Robert Pew Public Education Fund. There’s demand in health care, because that’s increasingly where the jobs are, said Miguel Benavente, the district’s medical sciences specialist., adding that they are high paying and high skill level.

  • Barbara Bush Foundation announces Celebration of Reading Student Writing and Art Contest

    The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy announced a new initiative, the Florida Celebration of Reading Student Writing and Art Contest open to K-3 students in Southwest Florida, including Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. Florida Celebration of Reading has raised more than $25 million for the foundation since 2001. This year's contest is based on Drew Daywalt's book, "The Day the Crayons Quit," which inspires children to look at everyday objects in a whole new, imaginative light.

  • Education, business leaders push for expansion of IBM's P-TECH model

    New York leaders would like to see IBM's Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECH schools, expand to all of the state's high schools. P-TECH Schools offer a specialized six-year program geared toward college and career readiness, with a focus on at-risk students. "The advantage is for states to see this as not just the model for a few schools, but to make it the standard for what high school, college and career ought to look like," said Stan Litow, the IBM corporate citizenship executive and the father of the P-TECH model.

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation: KIDS COUNT

    KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis through its KIDS COUNT Data Center, the Foundation seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.

  • Jim Moran Foundation donates $100 million to FSU to create nation's largest school of entrepreneurship

    The gift, which is the largest for any public university in Florida, will fund the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, the nation's largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship. The school is scheduled to open August 8, 2018, what would have been Moran's 100th birthday. The school's director and other staff members will be housed in a building in downtown Tallahassee, very close to the state capitol, local businesses and statewide associations.

  • Nurturing Social-Emotional: Learning in Out-of-School-Time Lessons Learned from the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative

    The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative invested in a cohort of regional nonprofit organizations to sustain and strengthen their ability to serve more students with stronger academic and social-emotional programming. A midcourse evaluation of the collaborative showed that grantees were stronger, programs were better and are reaching more students, and funders had adopted new, collaborative grantmaking practices. A second phase of the work was committed to more flexibility –– letting grantees drive the group’s planning and learning efforts, and manage consultants, budgeting and group communications. Grantees also opted to redirect the focus of the collaborative from capacity building to program development and evaluation, with the added goal of sharing effective afterschool and summer program models with others, both inside and outside the region.

  • Personalized Learning Initiatives

    Jen Okwudili and John Fisher of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented information on personalized learning the various forms it may take. They shared the BMGF’s work in personalized learning including where the foundation is making investments around the country (Pinellas and Lake Counties in Florida). The approach will vary by grantee and most are in the process of developing their plans. 

  • Case Study – Messaging the Transition to the Florida Standards: A Collaborative Model for Increasing Citizen Understanding

    Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar presented on a program of JPEF which is about to be released in the community. JPEF is to providing the community information and perspective on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and results which will be released shortly. They are partnering with a number of other organizations and are finalizing a toolbox of resources which communicate consistent messaging. The goal is to frame the situation and upcoming assessment results in understandable terms with the underlying message that even if scores go down, that’s because of changes to the system and assessments, not a drop off in knowledge level by students. They offered the assets which they developed to other EAG members who may be interested in doing the same or similar programs in their community.

  • Local College Access Network Efforts & EAG Member Involvement

    FCAN Associate Director for Research & Policy Troy Miller presented information on the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and some of its current activities. He also presented on the development of Local College Access Networks (LCANs) in the state. There are currently 9 in some state of development Southwest Florida Community Foundation President and CEO Sarah Owen presented specifics on the Future Makers LCAN.  She shared a recent history of Future Makers while offering different ways in which EAG members may be involved with LCANs.

  • FCAN Data Dashboards

    FCAN Associate Director for Research & Policy Troy Miller demonstrated a variety of data dashboards available from FCAN as well as some which are in development. All the available dashboards may be accessed from FCAN’s website:

  • Education Funders Research Initiative: A Case Study on Moving Philosophically Diverse Funders to Common Priorities

    Case study from Philanthropy New York documenting the formation, challenges and ultimate success of the Education Funders Research Initiative – an unusual funder collaborative that brought together funders for and against charter schools, funders with different views of testing and accountability, and funders with vastly different approaches to supporting education reform to identify and advance shared priorities. 

  • EAG Position Paper: Improving Post-Secondary Success in Florida

    This position paper details the support of Florida Philanthropic Network, through our Education Funders Affinity Group, for establishing a statewide goal to have 60% of working-age Floridians possess post-secondary degrees or certifications by the year 2025. The paper also outlines FPN's support for related policies that can help achieve this goal.

  • What Funders Need to Know: The Connection Between Education and Housing

    Communities thrive when people are housed comfortably, safely, and affordably. This is especially true for children. And when children thrive, their educational and other outcomes are more likely to be positive. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' What Funders Need to Know looks at the connection between stable housing and educational outcomes.

  • Expanding Minds and Opportunities

    Expanding Minds and Opportunities is a collection of articles presenting examples of effective practices, programs and partnerships demonstrating the power of afterschool and summer learning opportunities to support student success.

  • With Knight Foundation support, Babson College WIN Lab to open in Miami

    Babson College's Women Innovating Now Lab (WIN Lab) will expand to Miami in 2016 with $800,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant is part of Knight Foundation's efforts to invest in Miami's emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a tool to build community, while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. During the past three years, Knight has made more than 100 investments in entrepreneurship in South Florida.

  • A more honest way of reporting college readiness?

    There is a greater appreciation for the importance of high school students not only graduating, but graduating ready to be successful in college with minimal remediation. This article calls into question the current measurement and reporting formats in light of low college completion rates. It presents an aggressive metric to consider. Ed Week; Sep. 29, 2016

  • Learning to Be Useful: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Career and Technical Education

    This book is available as a free pdf download at the link below. It provides some great profiles of programs with positive results (including IBM’s P-TECH program and efforts at Valencia State College). It also provides philanthropy guidance on possible points of entry in assisting “middle skill” job development. Philanthropy Roundtable, Sep. 2016