Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Creates Blueprint to Improving Teaching Quality, Education

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 2, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice has created a blueprint for philanthropic giving to help donors understand how their charitable dollars can make the biggest difference when it comes to improving teaching quality, with a focus on at-risk secondary students across the U.S.

The Center’s preliminary research has yielded a wealth of information, including key examples of ways philanthropists can help improve teaching quality in three main categories: enhancing early career teacher training and development, improving human capital management and allocation and focusing on reform efforts for entire schools. The blueprint is available online at: http://www.impact.upenn.edu/our_work/TQBlueprint.html.

“Teaching quality is the greatest in-school factor affecting student achievement today,” Katherina Rosqueta, the Center’s executive director, said. “The natural question for education philanthropists to ask is how can philanthropic capital improve teaching quality? This blueprint provides our early answers.”

In order to provide the best practical guidance for philanthropists seeking credible, objective information, the Center is seeking input from others in the field, including education experts, policy makers, researchers and non-profit leaders to inform an investment guide, slated for publication in the fall.

Additional information is available from Kate Barrett at barrettk@sp2.upenn.edu. Anyone who wishes to participate in the discussion can also contact Barrett.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a resource center established by alumni of Penn’s Wharton School and is housed at the School of Social Policy & Practice. Its aim is to meet the information needs of individual donors seeking to maximize the social impact of their charitable gifts. CHIP seeks to define the efficient frontier in philanthropy, where non-profit financing is linked to its potential for impact.