The Mathematics Leadership Corp (MLC) envisions a future where all students have the mathematical reasoning and procedural skills to design creative solutions to complex problems. MLC partners with school districts to develop teacher leaders who work collaboratively to inspire students to communicate, work through struggles, and embrace the process of mathematical problem solving; thereby increasing student engagement and achievement in mathematics.
MLC is a unique partnership between Loyola Marymount University and The Cotsen Foundation to implement two research-supported math teacher leadership professional development programs, the ART of TEACHING for elementary schools (Cotsen Foundation) and the Mathematics Leadership & Learning by Design (MLD) Program for secondary schools (LMU). The professional development supports an organization through systemic change from within by building internal capacity to lead and foster instructional improvement that results in a significant increase in student engagement and achievement in mathematics for all students. These impacts are assessed during the three-year performance period and into a fourth follow-up year to determine the degree to which changes are systemic, sustainable, and replicable.
The Partnership guides the districts’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) by working closely with teachers and administrators and providing professional development that balances mathematical conceptual understanding and procedural skill within the context of problem solving, communication, and critique the reasoning of others. The Partnership aims to impact teachers and students through shared leadership, continuous improvement in instructional practice, and student-led learning.
Given the scope (K-12, across multiple school sites) and sequence of this project (two years of intensive coaching followed by a third year of continued support during a gradual release), the Partnership has a comprehensive plan for: formative, internal evaluation; summative, external evaluation; research resulting in presentation of findings at a nationally-recognized conference before the end of the three-year performance periods; and a publishable paper in a peer-reviewed journal at the end of the project.
For more information about Math Leadership Corps click here: http://mathleadershipcorps.com
In January 2011, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation launched 100Kin10: an alliance of public, private, and nonproft organizations committed to strategically addressing the nation's shortage of STEM teachers and improving STEM learning for all students by training 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math teachers over 10 years. In 2013, the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation joined the 100Kin10 movement and committed to $600,000 in grants over three years to fund initiatives to recruit, support, retain, and maximize the impact of excellent STEM teachers in Los Angeles County and support efforts to create new and innovative partnerships statewide and nationally.
For more information about 100KIN10 click here: http://www.100kin10.org
LA n Sync is an evolving partnership that brings together Greater Los Angeles’ academic, civic, nonprofit, business and philanthropic sectors to pursue major national funding opportunities. Its focus on collective action works to position Los Angeles as one of the nation’s most compelling destinations for investment. The purpose of LA n Sync is to improve community life for all Angelenos – especially those in need. The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation participates as an active member of LA n Sync’s Bell Commission, a volunteer leadership council drawn from all sectors. The Commission creates special task forces to pursue recommended funding opportunities and develops the strategies that will support applicants.
For more information about LA n Sync click here: http://www.lansync.org
Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Program brings together nonprofit leaders in an extensive training program that works to shift the way nonprofit executives and board members serve their organizations. By investing in both the staff and board leadership of nonprofits, Alchemy supports these organizations’ ability to deliver high quality services to the region's most vulnerable constituents. The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation sponsors an Alchemy participant annually with a capacity building grant of $10,000 upon successful completion of the program.
The Foundation also participates in Alchemy Gold, a network of regional grantmakers that gathers quarterly to learn, share and strategize about practices that strengthen the nonprofit sector of Los Angeles. Partners learn from experts in capacity building around such key issues as fundraising, leadership development, and board governance. The network also engages in facilitated conversations and identifies best practices, methodologies, and tactics to increase the sector's effectiveness and impact in the community.
For more information about Alchemy click here: http://www.annenbergalchemy.org
SVP Los Angeles is a diverse network of professionals who invest their time, expertise, and money to strengthen non-profit organizations and, in the process of doing so, become more well informed, effective, and engaged philanthropists. SVP Los Angeles makes long-term, multi-year investments in innovative local nonprofits, helping them to build their capacity and more effectively fulfill their mission. LASVP also engages a broad range of nonprofits through the annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch program, a free communication skills training program and competition where nonprofit leaders learn how to succinctly and powerfully tell their stories. Finalists receive valuable exposure to an audience of potential funders and volunteers and winners receive cash grants.
For more information about SVP Los Angeles click here: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/los-angeles/