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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has focused on teacher quality as a key dimension of its recent grantmaking strategy. The Foundation supports education and heath projects worldwide.
Here is a more detailed presentation of the number of grants they have funded:
67 Grants : total: $78,938,413
1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: aid for improved teacher professional development and related tools, help teachers network and share best practices – 63 grants – Total: $122,665,467
2. CAPACITY-BUILDING: Support of the districts, states, and others in developing teacher evaluation systems, and helping build capacity for other teacher-quality initiatives – 53 grants – Total: $50,014,034
3. RESEARCH: Funding of research on effective teaching, including measures of effective teaching research project and related work products -49 grants -Total: $50,710,139
4. EDUCATION/ADVOCACY: Providing grants to educate communities, engage the public on Gates-funded teacher work, and build support for teacher initiatives -20 grants – Total: $37,958,606
5. TEACHER PREPARATION: Helping traditional and alternative programs that prepare teachers or groups engaging in advocacy around teacher preparation – 16 grants -Total: $20,725,979
6. UNIONS: Funding teachers’ union projects, including work on teacher evaluation and the common core- 12 grants – Total: $281,193,218
7. INTENSIVE PARTNERSHIPS: Supporting four “Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching” sites, including Hillsborough County, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and Pittsburgh – 9 grants – Total: $23,611,556
8. CHARTER-DISTRICT COLLABORATION: Encouraging districts and charter schools to share best practices, including for teacher effectiveness – 8 grants Total: $21,570,250
9. TEACHER VOICE: Supporting groups that help teachers have a voice in policy, such as Educators 4 Excellence and Teach Plus – 7 grants – Total: $8,198,912
10. DATA SYSTEMS: Helping states and districts in the collection of linked student/teacher data – 2 grants – Total: $1,052,505
11. MEDIA: Assisting the journal Education Next in covering teacher effectiveness, charter schools, digital learning, and common standards and assessments
Four of the five biggest recipients of Gates Foundation aid teacher-quality initiatives participated in its “intensive partnership” grants, supporting changes to teacher hiring, evaluation, and pay. Denver used its cash for similar purposes.
Beneficiaries Receiving More than $10 million in total
See the infographic for more details or visit the Gates Foundation web page. Over 2 billion USD were spent since 2008.
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