Great Schools Partnership press releases: 2006–2011

June 15, 2011
Regional Partnership Receives National Award for Innovation
At the 2011 National Forum on Education Policy in Denver, the Education Commission of the States honored the New England Secondary School Consortium as the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The award recognizes the Consortium’s bold example of state leadership, collaboration, expertise exchange, and resource sharing across states, as well as its commitment to promoting 21st-century skills, supporting high school innovation, reducing persistent achievement gaps, and graduating every student prepared for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of our global society.

November 29, 2010
GSP Welcomes Three New Board Members
The Great Schools Partnership recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Dan Coyne, Jim Doyle, and Elizabeth Stivers. “We are truly honored that such exemplary leaders are generously giving their time and expertise to support our organization,” said executive director David Ruff. “Our mission could not be more important—redesigning public education to improve the quality of learning for all students—and our board has been and will continue to be instrumental in the execution of our work.”

March 1, 2010
GSP Awarded Contract to Support Major Federal Grant Program
A partnership of three organizations will provide technical assistance to grantees in the Smaller Learning Communities Program
The Great Schools Partnership was selected by the Academy for Education Development to be one of two primary technical-assistance subcontractors, along with the Center for Secondary School Redesign, for the U.S. Department of Education’s Smaller Learning Communities Program. The three organizations will collaboratively develop a series of events, professional development opportunities, and products for the 214 project directors and more than 600 high schools currently involved in the federal program.

March 5, 2009
$150,000 Grant to Support Breakthrough Instructional-Improvement Tool
Funding will be used to strengthen training programs and build new online resources
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a $250 million philanthropy that supports “innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers and their teaching in grades 9–12″ has awarded the Great Schools Partnership a $149,709 grant to support the ongoing development of iWalkthrough, a cutting-edge tool that is helping revolutionize instructional-improvement efforts in Maine and around the country. The Partnership will use the funding to strengthen its iWalkthrough training program and build new interactive, Web-based resources that can deliver low-cost, high-quality support to high-need schools and districts working to strengthen academic instruction and athletic coaching for the benefit of their students.

December 15, 2008
$1M Grant Awarded to Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—GSP to Coordinate the Initiative
Groundbreaking four-state collaboration will work to reinvent the high school experience
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation announced today that it has committed $1 million—which includes a $500,000 partnership grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—to support an ambitious multistate effort to transform the American high school for the 21st century: the New England Secondary School Consortium. Coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership, the Consortium is a pioneering educational partnership that will work to foster forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across the New England region. The Consortium’s bold goal is to ensure that by 2016 every public high school student in the four partner states will receive an education that will prepare them for college, career, and civic responsibility in our increasingly interconnected global community.

June 16, 2008
$200,000 Grant Awarded to Four Maine Public Schools
Innovative partnership will improve math and science instruction
The Maine Department of Education announced last week that it has awarded a three-year, $200,000 grant to the Southern Aroostook Math and Science Partnership, an innovative effort to improve math and science achievement in the region. The Partnership includes three public schools—East Grand School, Katahdin Middle/High School, and Southern Aroostook Community School—the Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton, the mathematics and science faculty of Northern Maine Community College, and the Great Schools Partnership. All six partners share the belief that math and science instruction in grades 6–12 must be improved to meet the demands of an increasingly knowledge-based, technology-driven global economy.

October 3, 2006
$2.4 Million Dollars Awarded to a Partnership of Five High Schools
The five schools will support Maine’s ongoing school-improvement work
The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has awarded a $2,398,038 grant to Bonny Eagle High School, Lewiston High School, Noble High School, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, and South Portland High School through the federal Smaller Learning Communities Program. This major grant will provide direct support to more than 6,000 Maine students enrolled in these high schools, while expanding statewide efforts to prepare all Maine high school students for college, work, and citizenship.