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Philanthropy Ohio and Ohio Department of Education announce the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Education

8/17/2020

Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education are pleased to launch the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (the Collaborative Fund). This public-private partnership supports improved remote education practices and outcomes and envisions remote education as a catalyst for re-imagining and re-engineering teaching and learning opportunities for Ohio’s underserved students. Enhancing state support for remote education is a priority for Governor DeWine, the State Board of Education, the Department and Philanthropy Ohio.
 
The Collaborative Fund prioritizes supports addressing inequitable circumstances related to delivering quality remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements BroadbandOhio’s $50 million commitment to ensure hotspots, in-home internet and internet-enabled devices to students. The Collaborative Fund also is anchored to Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s five-year strategic plan for education. It will help educators deliver a holistic remote education experience that honors the whole child and promotes the state’s four equal learning domains: foundational knowledge and skills; well-rounded content; leadership and reasoning; and social-emotional learning.
 
The Department has committed up to $5 million of its state activity CARES Act funding to support the Collaborative Fund. Specifically, the Department will invest $3 for every $1 contributed by Ohio’s philanthropic partners. Grant awards will be made on a competitive and regional basis to public schools, districts, community schools, networks, and consortiums of schools and Educational Service Centers.
 
The Collaborative Fund is a component of RemotEDx, a newly formed exchange, network and suite of supports designed to provide more students with high-quality, personalized remote education opportunities and serve more educators with job-embedded professional learning experiences. RemotEDx includes an exchange where high-quality remote education initiatives share information about their models; a Network and Learning Academy enabling members to share best practices and lessons learned; Connectivity and Technology Champions focused on ensuring that schools and students have access to the internet and technology; and a Support Squad that is regionally deployed to provide schools with deep technical support and professional learning. 
 
The deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on Sept. 4, 2020, with awards announced by Sept. 30. You can learn more about this opportunity by watching a recorded question and answer session. Questions that were not addressed in the recording can be sent to ocerinfo@philanthropyohio.org.  Proposals can be submitted using the online portal at the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.