In its October 2015 Community Impact e-newsletter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Pacific Northwest team included a map of grants it has made so far in 2015. The 27 grants, mostly within Washington state, total $15.1 million. In alphabetical order, here are the recipients of the 10 largest awards:
American Institutes of Research (AIR): $710,391 to conduct the first comprehensive, WA statewide study of the teacher training pipeline, from student teaching to workforce outcomes with a focus on diversity, science, technology, engineering and math and special education employment in districts.
Building Changes: $720,476 to increase the data capacity of Building Changes and the Tri-Counties (King, Pierce and Snohomish counties) to analyze family homelessness data and make data-driven decisions, improving the lives of families who are experiencing homelessness.
Community Center for Education Results: $3,417,902 to support the Road Map Project backbone function, and collective impact infrastructure, to advance educational attainment in South King County, WA
King County Community & Human Services: $936,666 to support infrastructure costs associated with the continuing implementation of the King County family homelessness plan.
King County Housing Authority: $1,367,407 to support partnerships between the King County Housing Authority and the Highline, Kent, and Bellevue school districts aimed at closing the opportunity and educational achievement gap faced by low income families.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI): $1,743,064 to improve the free, robust online educator evaluation management system, introduce the voices of students into the dialogue about educator performance, and glean best practices and lessons learned from districts finding success.
Philanthropy Northwest: $797,882 to support the provision of technical assistance to community philanthropy organizations in Washington state.
Potlatch Fund: $715,000 to support successful grant making and management of 2015 Native Student Success funds.
Seattle Housing Authority: $696,000 to support the continuing partnership of Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Public Schools to improve educational outcomes for students and families.
Tacoma Housing Authority: $694,543 to support a partnership between the Tacoma Housing Authority and Tacoma Public Schools aimed at improving educational outcomes for co-served students and the schools they attend.
Also from the e-newsletter: On Wednesday, October 7, starting at 9:20 a.m. PT, watch live on YouTube as Bill & Melinda discuss what we’ve learned about U.S. education over the past 15 years. Follow @GatesEd for live updates from the conversation with Bill and Melinda, and use the hashtag #GatesEd to live-tweet and share your own thoughts.