Chan Zuckerberg, Gates Foundation Award $1.45 Million to EdSurge

Philanthropy News Digest | July 31, 2018

EdSurge, a digital information service focused on the emerging edtech community, has announced grants totaling $1.45 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of a number of research and editorial projects. A $700,000 grant from CZI will support EdSurge's efforts to explore how school communities across the United States are changing to meet the needs of all learners. To that end, the organization will convene educators and school leaders from different regions to discuss the challenges they've faced and the practices and strategies they've found to be successful, and will share lessons learned through a series of articles about how school communities interpret and implement "personalized learning," how they are changing teaching and learning practices to support growth for the "whole child," and how they incorporate evidence-based research and learning sciences into their work. In addition, a grant of $750,000 from the Gates Foundation will fund an effort to examine higher education practitioners' understanding of the challenges and opportunities created by digital learning services and courseware. The project will include online convenings of faculty and digital learning leaders and the publication of articles that amplify the voices of people leading innovative teaching practices, especially at institutions serving low-income and historically disadvantaged learners.

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