PHILADELPHIA â€“- The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released a special report highlighting how donors can improve the single biggest in-school factor affecting students: teaching quality.
â€śHigh Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality: Focus on High-Need Secondary Studentsâ€ť identifies cost-effective nonprofit models that improve teachersâ€™ skills, principalsâ€™ effectiveness and the way schools are organized.
To help donors understand how they can make the biggest difference, the report provides cost-per-impact estimates for each model and discusses how policy can enhance or prevent donor impact.
While the guide focuses on high-need secondary students, most models apply to all students, regardless of age and need.
â€śFor far too long, too may have bought into the belief that great teachers are born, not made,â€ť Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center, said. â€śWhat we have found is that great teachers â€“ and great principals â€“ are developed, and both charter and non-charter models are remaking even the most chronically failing schools.â€ť
The new publication is available at http://impct.info/goXkr9.
Later this year, the Center plans to release a donor tool kit based on the reportâ€™s findings and will host educational forums where donors can learn more.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, housed at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is a non-profit resource center established by alumni of Pennâ€™s Wharton School. It provides independent analysis and decision-making tools to ensure that philanthropic funds have the greatest possible impact.
Additional information about the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is at http://www.impact.upenn.edu