The following are examples of innovative practices philanthropic organizations have supported, developed and/or implemented regarding education:
Partnered with Sesame Workshop to develop Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies, and Here For Each Other: Helping Families After Emergencies, free emergency preparedness and response initiatives in English and Spanish.
The initiatives are aimed at instituting emergency preparedness into families’ routines through simple tips, strategies and activities, as well as prepare families with effective and comforting ways to respond when a disaster occurs. The APP and associated materials can be used in the home, as well as the classroom.
Supported New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), delivers on the promise of an excellent education for every child in the city. Launched in 2006, during the first year post Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans became the nation’s first public education system made up of predominately charter schools. In the absence of a centralized school district, NSNO plays a vital role in proactively monitoring needs, developing innovative solutions, and maintaining a focus on academic excellence with a range of partners. Unlike most traditional school systems, New Orleans allocates the vast majority of public education dollars directly to schools. This structure helps to ensure that schools have autonomy and flexibility to meet their students’ academic needs. Private philanthropy and several major federal grants have supplemented core public funds for the past decade. Nonprofit startup organizations and new charter schools used these resources to begin their work in the city’s decentralized system. Philanthropy and federal grants also provided essential support for the ongoing work of talent organizations, particularly pipelines of new teachers for a rapidly growing system of schools.
Funded long-term efforts assisting displaced students attending Houston public schools, and those organizations in the Gulf Coast working to rebuild schools and youth organizations.
Developed PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum as part of their decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response.
Helped youth and young adults become better prepared for a disaster or emergency. They work closely with schools, scout groups and youth-serving organizations to raise awareness of disaster risk and build resiliency among young people. Their age-appropriate preparedness materials and trainings educate youth with engaging activities and easy action steps.