Students across the U.S. are in need of experiences and skills that they do not always have access to in their classrooms and schools. Vulcan pursues an “all of the above” approach to education — where public and private institutions come together to support teachers’ grassroots approaches to making an impact. We need results-based policies which can provide life-changing experiences for all types of students.
Sparking Innovation: The Allen Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program engages teachers in greater innovation around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. The work of ADE-recognized teachers can lead to new opportunities in classrooms across the nation.
Along with the Allen Distinguished Educators award, we supported a program to allow classrooms to build their own OpenROV kits to explore the underwater world.
Strengthening Communities: Vulcan, with other investors and civic advocates to help create high-quality public charter school options for families. Delta High School is a small, public school for students living in Washington State's Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco School Districts. At Delta, students are brought together from a variety of backgrounds to create one collaborative community. Delta is focused on project-based learning in science, technology, engineering and math. Opened in 2009, Delta was fully enrolled with roughly 400 students in 2012.
Policy Change: The Washington State Charter Schools Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports the start-up of high-quality public charter schools, with a focus on serving academically and economically disadvantaged communities.
Public Engagement: We partnered with DonorsChoose.org to launch the Teach for the Planet Challenge to support innovative environmental and sustainability classroom projects from entrepreneurial teachers across the country. Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the program helped develop new approaches to sustainability and environmental education and fostered the next generation of innovators who can tackle these challenges.
Foundational Data: In 2015, we partnered with Getting Smart to identify 25 investment opportunities that have the potential to make a large impact in American education.