Making Schools Work with Hederick Smith about the program

about the program

Ford Foundation funded the research and development of Making Schools Work, and is the primary contributor to the production of the program as well as to media promotion, advertising and outreach. The Ford Foundation has four fundamental goals: to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. In education, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase educational access and quality for the disadvantaged, to educate new leaders and thinkers and to foster knowledge and curriculum supportive of inclusion, development and civic life. The foundation also supports free and responsible media that addresses important civic and social issues as well as high-quality productions that enrich public dialogue on such core issues as building democratic values and pluralism.

The Broad Foundation contributed to the production of Making Schools Work. Founded in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad, its mission is to dramatically improve urban public education through better governance, management and labor relations. The goals of the Broad Foundation are to train a broad, deep bench of current and aspiring leaders in education; to redefine the traditional roles, practices and policies of school board members, superintendents, principals and labor union leaders to better address contemporary challenges in education; to attract and retain the highest quality talent to leadership roles in education; to equip school systems and their leaders with modern tools for effective management; to provide tangible incentives for educators to advance academic performance; and to honor and showcase success wherever it occurs in urban education.

Carnegie Corporation of New York contributed to the production of Making Schools Work, and funded the design and development of the show's web site. The foundation was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 and seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and permanent good in this world." Andrew Carnegie's charge that the Corporation dedicate itself to the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding” has led it, over nearly 100 years of work, to support efforts to improve teaching and learning that have the potential to make a lasting and long-term contribution to the field of education.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded the production of spin-off programs by PBS stations and much of the outreach for Making Schools Work. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 to facilitate the development of, and ensure universal access to, non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. The fundamental purpose of public telecommunications is to provide programs and services that inform, enlighten and enrich the public. While these programs and services are provided to enhance the knowledge and citizenship, and inspire the imagination of all Americans, the Corporation has particular responsibility to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.

The Spencer Foundation contributed to the production of Making Schools Work. Established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer, the Spencer Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to improve education. It is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

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