On Tuesday November 10th, the White House hosted the first-ever national Summit on Next Generation High Schools. The summit, with highlights featured on Twitter with trending hashtag #NextGenHS, invited innovative educators from around the country to convene and catalyze innovative thinking on the opportunities to enhance high school education for millions of American students, as well as highlight new innovations and investments. Many stakeholders across the American education landscape attended the Summit in order to create a more equitable education system.
The event coincided with the Obama administration announcement to fund $375 million dollars on next-generation high schools. Details of the announcement:
- Commitments to fund the design of 100 next-generation schools serving more than 50,000 students, including the expansion of New Tech Network to over 50 schools
- More than $225 million from support of foundations, including $200 million fund to support student-centered learning initiatives from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, as well as the development of leadership initiatives with support from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in partnership with the Stanford University d.school andIDEO
- The Alliance for Excellent Education will launch a “Better Schools for All” Campaign to continue to build momentum for the work and also connecting research to best practices across sectors.