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Charting the progress of Hewlett Foundation’s deeper learning strategy 

From 2010 to 2015, the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program invested more than $100 million in its deeper learning strategy with over 350 grants. In 2016, the program commissioned RTI International to conduct an independent evaluation of the first five years of its strategy. RTI’s report examined several questions: What progress has been made in the ...

California Education Policy Fund evaluation of deeper learning advocacy and policy change 

Created by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011, the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) worked to improve education policies in the state by strengthening and supporting an “ecosystem” of nonprofit advocacy, research, grassroots and information-sharing organizations. With an annual budget of about $4 million, for the last three years, CEPF has supported organizations ...

Open Education Consortium evaluation 

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) comprises a network of nearly 300 education institutions globally who are committed to advancing the use of open educational resources in higher education. The Hewlett Foundation has supported a wide range of OEC activities since 2007 and commissioned this evaluation to better understand which of those efforts have been most ...

The work continues to progress 

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards says the Women’s March on Washington was the largest march in the history of the United States. “Fully one in every hundred people in this country was marching somewhere.” And what was so important, says Richards, is that the 4 million men and women who marched weren’t just in Washington, DC,…

Speak up, and be counted 

Louise Melling has optimism when she goes to work every day at the American Civil Liberties Union because she believes the right for women and men to access abortion is important for people to take care of their families and participate in any aspect of life. Melling sees people “understanding what the threat is and…

The protection of law 

Nancy Northup saw “unbelievable” support at the women’s marches in the United States and in Poland in 2016 in response to a controversial proposal to ban abortion. She leads the Center for Reproductive Rights and is hopeful because of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt that protects access to…

The pictures speak to our hearts 

Kalpana Krishnamurthy is a senior policy director at Forward Together where she sees multiracial and multi-generational families advocating together for reproductive and social justice. She is most excited about the response to art. She’s seeing “the creation of beautiful art that is sharing the values we’re holding in the moment,” whether it’s art to protect…

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