Three Aperture Education customers have been selected to receive multiyear grants from The Wallace Foundation as part of the foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. The initiative supports partnerships between urban school districts and out-of-school time organizations to help children develop skills such as self-control, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting.
A total of six grants were awarded. Each grant is shared by a school district and an out-of-school time organization. The three Aperture customers to receive grants were:
- Big Thought and the Dallas Independent School District
- Denver Afterschool Alliance and the Denver Public Schools
- Prime Time Palm Beach County and its partner, the School District of Palm Beach County
School districts and out-of-school time organizations in Boston; Tacoma, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma also were awarded grants.
In the first year of the initiative, each district/out-of-school-time intermediary pair will share grants ranging from $1 million to $1.5 million. The grant recipients also receive additional support such as inclusion in a professional learning community, regular convening with other cities in the initiative, supports to integrate and apply SEL data to continuous improvement systems, communications counsel, and other technical assistance provided by national experts.