Imagine a school where children are at the center of their education experience, with the support of the entire community behind them. This vision of student-centered learning drives the work of three national nonprofit organizations aligning their networks to achieve better outcomes for young people.

The Coalition for Community SchoolsCommunities In Schools and StriveTogether (the Aligned Network Partners) are excited to launch the Students at the Center Challenge, with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation. The initiative will award funding to communities that demonstrate the potential to move toward a student-centered learning system. This approach emphasizes the needs and interests of students, combining quality educational opportunities with health and wellness services, mentoring, college readiness activities and work-based learning experiences.

Through the Challenge, approximately 10 communities will be awarded planning grants of up to $150,000 each. These communities must commit to changing how they align and expand their work to help students, particularly children of color and low-income students.  

In November 2016, the Collaborating Partner’s asked for letters of intent (LOIs) for the Challenge. Over 110 communities from around the country submitted LOIs that have helped shape the February 2018 Students at the Center Convening and the Request for Proposals (RFP).

The Aligned Network Partners are excited to now launch the Request for Proposal process. Any community where there is at least one affiliate or member of the Collaborating Partner's networks is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration in the Challenge.  Where there are multiple affiliates or members of a Collaborating Partner's network, these groups will need to collaborate on the proposal. Only one proposal will be accepted from each community.  See the complete Collaborative Partner Network list here. 

Please respond to the Request for Proposals here for the Students at the Center Challenge. Planning grant applications are due Friday, March 16 at 11:59 PM PST. The Collaborating Partners anticipate announcing and awarding planning grants no later than Friday, May 4, 2018. The managing fiscal partner organization is responsible for sharing this information with all community partners. Please contact Dana Mong, Project Coordinator, at mongd@cisconsultant.org with any questions.

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