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June 12, 2023/From Our Grantees

More Light, Less Heat for Income-Contingent Funding Models 

Income sharing agreements (ISAs) and other income-contingent funding models for postsecondary education and skills development have made plenty of headlines over the last few years in ways good and bad. On the eve of JFF’s annual Horizons conference, we sat down with Ethan Pollack, senior director of the Financing the Future initiative to understand the promise and pitfalls of income-contingent funding models, how providers can move to more student-centered models, and why stakeholders might not be as far apart as we might think.

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June 6, 2023/Research

Case Studies in Manufacturing Innovation: Building Resilience Through Career Transitions in Orlando, FL, and Centering Community for Economic Mobility in Baton Rouge, LA

The second and third case studies in a series from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance examine partnerships between Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) programs, workforce intermediaries, and other community stakeholders to create strong manufacturing sectors that offer well-paying careers in three urban regions.

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June 1, 2023/From Our Grantees

Much More than a Coding Language 

In this joint interview, Co-Executive Directors Mindee and Sarah discuss the power of Scratch in developing important skillsets, mindsets, and community for learners around the world, as well as how Scratch is evolving in response to what it’s learning. 

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May 31, 2023/Research

Research Fellow Article: Auditing large language models: a three-layered approach

Siegel Research Fellow Jakob Mökander, Visiting Scholar at the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, published a paper alongside collaborators at the University of Oxford which seeks to expand the methodological toolkit available to tech providers and policymakers who wish to analyse and evaluate LLMs from technical, ethical, and legal perspectives.

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May 18, 2023/From Our Grantees

Measuring Impact: Building on the Knowledge and Experience of the Computer Science Education Movement 

Leaders at CSforALL share their vision for new and better ways to think about “impact” – how it is defined, assessed, measured, and explained. This is part of a series about how our grantees think differently about impact.

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May 15, 2023/From Our Grantees

Case Study: NYC FIRST

NYC FIRST runs a facility dedicated to STEM learning at the local New York Public Library branch. Though not physically housed within a school, the STEM Center partners deeply with the public K- 12 school district as well as with the community at large. In very tangible ways, it is bringing school into the community and bringing community into the school.

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May 15, 2023/From Our Grantees

Case Study: Transcend’s Innovative Models Exchange

Transcend was founded on a belief that schools must be reimagined using a community-based approach, so all children can thrive in and transform the world.

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May 15, 2023/From Our Grantees

Case Study: Education Reimagined

At its best, a school is a place where students and young people have the opportunity to explore, think creatively, form social bonds, and learn about the world around them. To help make this vision a reality, Education Reimagined focuses on making learner-centered education available to each and every child in America.

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May 15, 2023/Big Ideas

Spring Case Study Series: How Three Grantees are Leveraging School and Community to Improve Outcomes for All

While the summer months offer an excellent window into how schools and communities come together to jointly grow and teach our young people, these collaborative efforts ought to exist all year. It is against this backdrop that we elevate three organizations seeking to redefine the relationship between school and community, in ways big and small.

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May 11, 2023/News

Siegel in Forbes: If we want public interest AI, we’re doing it wrong

If we want AI to be anchored in the public interest – designed to serve all citizens – we’re doing it wrong. To truly capitalize on all that generative AI is capable of across communities, we must take the following steps.

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May 10, 2023/From Our Grantees

What Teachers Actually Want for Teacher Appreciation Week

Against the backdrop of teacher burnout and poor pay, computer science teachers have some suggestions about how individuals and systems can recognize teachers.

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