Next Generation Learning Challenge: Announcing 3rd Wave of Grants

News from EDUCAUSE:

As you may know, EDUCAUSE is leading the critically important Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) initiative. Together with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and the Council of Chief State School Officers, we are working to  dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States through the applied use of technology.

Recognizing the need for a fundamental change in the way education is designed and delivered across secondary and postsecondary institutions, NGLC is announcing, on October 5, the availability of $12 million in grants for comprehensive whole school and college models that use technology to achieve more personalized learning experiences. Funding is being provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

I am contacting you to make you aware of this important grant opportunity and to encourage you to reach out to your colleagues and invite them to learn more.


Across the nation, educators and students are applying technologically-enabled innovation to improve learning outcomes. These approaches, emerging at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels, are designed to create compelling personalized learning experiences and help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. But they are too often isolated projects, with impact limited to their immediate communities and representing incremental steps forward. In this new round of investments in transformational reform, NGLC’s Wave III challenges the field to develop a new generation of technology-enabled school and college degree program models—models capable of generating high-quality student outcomes effectively, affordably, and in ways that can be readily expanded to meet the scale of the need. With Wave III, NGLC seeks to foster significant change in both the supply and demand for effective, comprehensive solutions to persistent problems of student readiness for college and successful completion of a postsecondary degree.

The Wave III Challenge: Breakthrough Models for College Readiness and Completion

Wave III includes two separate Requests for Proposals: one directed at grades 6-12 and one directed at the postsecondary level (two-year and four-year degree programs).

NGLC website. If you think you may be an eligible candidate or know of individuals and/or institutions that may meet the above criteria, I also urge you to participate in a series of NGLC informational webinars. Details follow; please pass along this invitation to colleagues.
  • October 11, 2011, 1:00 p.m. ET
    Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness | Proposal Walk-Through
  • October 13, 2011, 1:00 p.m. ET
    Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion | Proposal Walk-Through
  • October 25, 2011, 3:00 p.m. ET
    Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness | Chat with Program Officer
  • October 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m. ET
    Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion | Chat with Program Officer

To join any of these webinars, visit the NGLC Adobe Connect webconferencing room on the day of the webinar and select to “Enter as Guest.” Type your name and affiliation (Example: Carie Page, NGLC) and enter the room.

You may also contact NGLC staff directly with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help get them answered. Thank you in advance for your time.


Diana Oblinger, President and CEO


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