Education Grants

Our region is a global hub of technological innovation and discovery. However, a majority of our students are not adequately prepared to contribute to the technical and scientific workforce. Our goal is to close the middle school achievement gap in mathematics, which separates low-income students and students of color from others in preparing for college and future success.

Our education strategy has a two-pronged approach. We support in-school strategies that improve classroom instruction during school hours. And we support out-of-school strategies that increase the number and effectiveness of extended learning opportunities.


Education Impact Brief

2016 RFPs

In-School Strategies

Targets improvement in the way teachers teach and students learn mathematics.

  • Mathematics content expertise and the implementation of effective, research-based teaching strategies.
  • Professional learning communities.
  • Assessments of students proficiencies and use data to monitor progress and provide individualized instruction.
  • Program documentation and incorporation best practices and feedback.
  • A culture of high expectations of achievement for all students.


RFP Opens: November 7, 2016
Info Session: November 14, 2016, 10-11:00 a.m.
Proposals Due: 5:00 p.m., December 16, 2016

Out-of-School Strategies

Targets the improvement of student access to high quality, extended learning programs after school and during the summer.

Grants support programs that:

  • Offer rigorous mathematics instruction that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Mathematical Practices.
  • Deliver relevant and engaging curriculum that is aligned with Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
  • Partner with school district administrators to ensure alignment with district learning goals and relevance of programming.
  • Create a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students. Additional emphasis is placed on engaging parents in meaningful ways regarding students’ learning.
  • Assess students effectively so staff knows students’ achievement levels as they begin the program. Staff should use data to monitor progress, and design and provide individualized instruction that recognizes the diverse levels of proficiency, learning styles and interests of students.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how the proposed project advances existing goals, and have a clear strategy for scaling the program.
  • Have a clear plan to measure project success and use a well-tested program quality improvement tool and process.


RFP Opens: August 22, 2016
Info Session: August 29, 2016, 10-11:00 a.m.
Proposals Due: 5:00 p.m., September 23, 2016

Past Grantees