Saga Education Announces $2.2 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Illinois, New York and Washington D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saga Education today announced that its programs in Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C. have received an award of $2,278,800 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Read More


Five organizations to receive over $813,000

The Chicago Bears announced today the five recipients for the $813,850 that was donated primarily by players, with matching grants from the Bears, Bears Care and NFL Foundation. Read More


Individualized tutoring to improve learning

SAGA Innovations’s intensive math tutoring program has been shown to improve academic outcomes and has now reached 2,500 disadvantaged students in the United States. Read More


SAGA Innovations High-Dosage, High Impact Tutoring Organizing among four nonprofits to receive support from"Chicago Beyond"

CHICAGO – A new, privately held organization, Chicago Beyond, launched today and announced their commitment to support SAGA Innovations with the goal of improving the lives of Chicago’s young people. Read More


7 Great Education Policy Ideas For Progressives in 2018

Education in the United States must be improved to support greater economic mobility. Those without postsecondary training have experienced stagnant wages, were hit the hardest by the Great Recession… Read More


Better Ways For Jeff Bezos To Spend 131 Billion

CHICAGO — Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is one of the most successful businessmen of all time. He has amassed an unfathomable fortune, reportedly $131 billion. This presents a predicament. Read More


Personalized Learning to Dominate Chan Zuckerberg Ed Investments

In a country where the "most privileged" students tend to receive the benefits of getting the "most tailored education," what would happen if that experience were offered to every student? Read More


The Economics of Scale-Up

Most randomized controlled trials (RCT) of social programs test interventions at modest scale. While the hope is that promising programs will be scaled up, we have few successful examples of this scale-up process in practice. Read More


The One Simple Way to Help Poor Kids Stay in School

When middle-class kids stumble academically, their parents will often enlist pricey private tutors to get them back on track. No parent who can afford to intervene wants to risk their child falling behind or losing crucial tenths of a point off their class ranking. Read More


Chan-Zuckerberg to Push Ambitious New Vision for Personalized Learning

Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts… Read More


Issue Brief: Academic Tutoring in High Schools

In 2014–15, the high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83 percent (U.S. Department of Education 2016). Despite the gains, over half a million students still drop out of high school each year... Read More


CPS Doubles Evidence-Based Math Tutoring Program to Improve Outcomes for At-Risk High School Students 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced an investment that will double an individualized, math tutorial program to serve an additional 800 students in CPS high schools next year. Read More


CPS Doubling Math Tutoring Program That NYC Is Now Imitating

It’s been called math tutoring on steroids — a program launched in Chicago Public Schools in 2012 that focuses on disadvantaged adolescents. The tutoring and mentoring program began at Harper High School in Englewood with 50 students… Read More


Improving Academic Outcomes For Disadvantaged Students: Scaling Up Individualized Tutorials

Improving the educational outcomes of economically disadvantaged children is a policy priority in the United States, and yet relatively little progress has been made in recent decades. Read More


Tutoring Program Should be Expanded Nationally

Northwestern University and University of Chicago experts have recommended a national scale-up of a program that has been shown to add up to two years of learning in math over a single school year for struggling high school students… Read More


High-Intensity Tutoring Extremely Successful

A Chicago Public Schools experiment that uses intensive tutoring to help underperforming students is so successful that it could turn around the troubled system. Read More


Proving Ground: UChicago's Urban Labs Turn Promising Ideas For Helping Cities In Hard Evidence Of What Works

On a sunny Tuesday morning in early June, with the end of the school year already palpable, three girls were hard at work in a Chicago Vocational Career Academy classroom. Read More


Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Youth

Improving the schooling outcomes of disadvantaged youth is a top policy priority in the U.S, one that is also central to addressing a wide range of social problems including poverty, health, and crime involvement, and to reducing inequality in life chances. Read More


City Unveils Long Awaited School Discipline Reforms

The Department of Education announced a series of long-awaited reforms to the school discipline code on Friday, including new policies aimed at lowering suspension rates, and new funding to support restorative justices practices… Read More


Is Algebra The Key To Keeping Boys In school And Off The Streets?

Born into the gang life in Chicago’s South Side, 15-year-old Ricardo Cabrera has seen people been shot at and, in some cases, die on the streets. Recently, the sophomore has had to miss a lot of time at Little Village High School after badly breaking his arm. Read More


Intensive Small-Group Tutoring And Counseling Helps Struggling Students

By the time they reach eighth grade, according to federal tests, half of all African-American schoolboys have not mastered the most basic math skills that educators consider essential for their grade level. Read More


Closing the Math Gap for Boys

ON a recent afternoon, the banter of boisterous adolescents at Edwin G. Foreman High School, in a poor, racially and ethnically mixed Chicago neighborhood, echoed off the corridor walls. Read More


Newsviews: Chicago Youth Mentoring Programs

Chicago is receiving $10 million in federal funding to expand youth mentoring and tutoring programs known as Becoming a Man and Match Education. Read More


Why Half Of Urban Kids Drop Out

The average high school graduation rate in America's biggest urban school districts, which serve large numbers of children from very disadvantaged backgrounds, is only about 50%. Read More