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Reducing Inequality

William T. Grant Foundation President Adam Gamoran spoke to the American Educational Research Association about our focus on identifying programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality among youth in the United States.

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Featured Work

Sarah Sparks writes in EdWeek that the “new research finds an insidious cycle” and that “fifteen years of new programs, testing, standards, and accountability have not ended racial achievement gaps in the United States.”

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Grant Announcements

Five new research grants will build stronger theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas of reducing inequality and the use of research evidence.

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New Report: The Role of Exclusion, Social Capital, and Generic Social Processes in Upward Mobility

Despite top-down measures and informal trends that would seem to encourage integration by providing opportunities for social interactions across socioeconomic and racial divisions, social exclusion persists in the United States, particularly among the poor and disadvantaged.

Changing the Conversation

In this video, Program Officer Vivian Louie leads a discussion and Q&A on strategies for applicants to develop strong letters of inquiry for research grants in our reducing inequality focus area. The goal of this webinar is for potential applicants to gain a better understanding of our interests and develop strong letters of inquiry, specifically […]

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President's Comment

What is the current state of funding for research on inequality in the United States?

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New Report: Insights on the Funding Landscape for Research on Inequality Among Young People in the United States

A new report from Sarah Bruch of the University of Iowa finds that, despite increased attention to the topic of inequality, the funding landscape for research on youth inequality in the U.S. is still relatively small.

Grant Announcements

Grantees include both established and early-career researchers, and the research teams include scholars from a variety of disciplines, including human development, social service administration, sociology, psychology, communication arts, and economics.

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Justice System

With recent advances in neurobiology and developmental psychology, the changing nature of modern adolescence, and increasingly punitive criminal court sanctions, we believe that the adult criminal justice system should look to the family court model for responses to crime by young people ages 18 to 24.

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President's Comment

One reason for all the attention to inequality these days is that, despite many efforts to improve opportunities for disadvantaged young people, inequality in many domains has been getting worse, not better. Education is one of those domains—and as someone who keeps close tabs on our education system, this is not what I expected. Back […]

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