What Is The Improvement Challenge Opportunity?
For the second time, we’re hosting an Improvement Challenge, an opportunity for three organizations to receive $10,000 to $20,000 worth of consulting services generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With the help of a provider, you will be able to implement improvement practices to solve top-of-mind challenges and achieve better outcomes over time. Improvement practice is a strategic approach that involves identifying challenges, setting clear and measurable goals, and testing small and large-scale changes.
At Catalyst:Ed, we believe in the power of continuous improvement (CI) to create lasting change in your organization. Whether you're focused on academics, social-emotional learning, family and community engagement, or strengthening student agency practices, CI provides the rigor and structure needed for innovative thinking. It also creates a safe space to test new ideas, use data to guide the next steps, and openly discuss what's working and what's not. Check out these examples of organizations like yours working with providers to embed CI practices into their work.
Breakthrough Collaborative | Awarded $20,000
Breakthrough Collaborative selected a provider from the Catalyst:Ed network to develop a framework for their national program team to implement and facilitate continuous improvement strategies with 24 affiliates. The provider also developed a network initiation playbook outlining best practices as they launched communities of practice with their affiliates.
C.B. Community Schools | Awarded $16,500
C.B. Community Schools selected a provider from Catalyst:Ed’s vetted network to build a customized database that fit the needs of their students and staff on a daily basis. The result was an updated CB-Cares platform that now maintains SEL and academic data sets for teachers and leaders to access as they cultivate a data-driven, decision-making culture.
Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) | Awarded $16,500
GIPS worked with a provider from the Catalyst:Ed network to continue revamping their middle school approach. This included refining the purpose and commitments they make to their students, reshaping what students can expect out of their middle school experience, and creating a two-year plan to strengthen their course schedule and offerings.
Education-focused nonprofits as well as publicly-funded schools and districts are eligible to participate. We prioritize those whose populations are greater than 50% Black, Latino, Indigenous, or other students of color, and/or greater than 50% economically disadvantaged.
Organizations awarded the Networks for School Improvement (NSI) and Model Design and Initiation (MDI) grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation between 2018-2021, as well as those who received the Improvement Challenge 2022 consulting services are not eligible to participate in this opportunity.