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Next Generation Learning Challenges Announces $7 Million in Wave II Grants

Next Generation Learning Challenges, a multi-year program led by EDUCAUSE that will help address the challenges related to college readiness and completion, has announced $7 million in grants to 19 innovative, technology-enabled programs that are helping students master 7th- to 9th-grade-level math and literacy aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The grant winners propose a diverse range of approaches—from linking math skills development to popular youth interests such as music production and fashion to interactive, online lessons that students can access outside of the classroom to practice skills and build confidence—that share in common an emphasis on embedded assessment. Almost all of the programs give teachers access to interactive, mix-and-match content and tools that can help them provide individualized learning in the face of large class sizes and diverse student needs. Some leverage data analytics to help teachers understand which students need additional support, while others employ adaptive platforms that respond to an individual student’s needs and level of expertise. A full list of grantees is available online.

Today’s announcement marks the second wave of grant funding for NGLC. Grant winners for Wave I, focused on college completion, were announced in March. (Wave I winners are also available online.)

For more information, read the complete press release online.