Kent McGuire on a strategy refresh for Hewlett’s education program

Now that we know what the “good stuff” is when it comes to learning, how can we make sure that every student gets access to it in school? — Kent McGuire

Since 1966, the Hewlett Foundation has made grants to improve educational opportunities for thousands of students in schools and universities across the United States. In 2008, with major changes to the K-12 education system rolling out at the federal level, we began our investment into deeper learning. Our goal has been to ensure that graduating students have the knowledge and skills to compete globally and become engaged citizens at home.

This year marks a decade since that work began. We will be spending 2018 listening to our grantees, partners, co-funders, teachers, students and groups that benefited from our grantmaking to understand what has worked and where we could do better. For the last 10 years, we have been focused on strengthening standards, assessments and research. Moving forward, we are interested in the role of teachers, places and equity in our strategies for closing education gaps in this country. All of this, we hope, will help us tweak our existing deeper learning strategy to be responsive to schools and the communities in which they thrive.

Watch our new program director, Kent McGuire, talk about who we’re hoping to hear from, what we are hoping to learn, and why education matters to him.

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