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Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. NGLC is guided by the belief that providing investment capital to expand the use of proven and emerging learning technologies, collecting and sharing evidence of what works, and fostering a community of innovators and adopters will result in a robust pool of solutions and greater institutional adoption which, in turn, will dramatically improve the quality of learning experiences in the United States.


  • Grants: NGLC provides grant funding to support tech innovation and new breakthrough models in higher education and K-12. Learn about existing grant opportunities through the Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools initiative.
  • Grant Recipients: The institutions, organizations, and school operators funded by NGLC are changing the landscape of education by engaging with today’s students through “next generation” teaching and learning designs. View a full list—plus details about the innovations—on the NGLC website.
  • Breakthrough Models Incubator: This three-phase program is advancing competency-based education (CBE) models by supporting institutions through a structured, co-created exploration and design process.
  • Breakthrough Models Academy: This institute program prepares current and emerging leaders to catalyze change by providing opportunities to challenge traditional thinking and design next generation learning models. The Academy involves a residential program, team design challenge, and presentation of selected designs at the ELI Annual Meeting.



NGLC has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Founding Partners

League Logo The League for Innovation in the Community College

CCSSO LogoThe Council of Chief State School Officers

iNACOL LogoThe International Association for K-12 Online Learning


Gates Logo The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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