The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.
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Institutional Challenge Grant
President’s Comment: It’s Time for Universities to Fulfill their Promise as Engines of Social Change
By Joseph Allen
As part of their grant, “The Connection Project: A Social Intervention to Reduce Drivers of Disparity for Disadvantaged Youth,” Joseph Allen and colleagues are examining whether and how a school-based, experiential program to enhance students’ social supports could play a part in reducing racial and socioeconomic inequalities in academic, behavioral, and health outcomes. In this post, Allen shares initial findings, discusses the role of programs like the Connection Project in the context of broader structural reforms, and outlines next steps for the work.
By Carolyn Heinrich, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, and Annalee Good
Digital educational tools are touted for their promise in increasing equitable access to enhanced learning opportunities and improving educational outcomes for K-12 students. Yet there is a growing consensus that the thorniest challenges schools and educators face in integrating educational technology are around how digital learning interacts with the systemic social, economic, racial, and historical patterns of inequity in education.
By Vivian Tseng
“At our recent William T. Grant Scholars retreat, I had the opportunity to share my reflections with early- and mid-career academics about ways they might meet this moment, and in this post I expand on three recommendations: 1) act now but plan for the long game, 2) build your relationships with change partners and your understanding of change processes, and 3) know yourself and care for yourself.”
By Danny Schneider and Kristen Harknett
As the shock of the current health and economic crisis takes a heavy toll on millions of Americans employed in the service sector, we must remember that millions of children are also vulnerable to dire consequences.