General Electric Company : Common Core State Standards Receives Largest Corporate Investment to Date With GE Foundation $18 Million Commitment
http://www.achievethecore.org, to distribute free resources designed to support teacher understanding and implementation;
"This is a win for the youth of America and the companies that hope to employ them in the future," says former Governor John Engler, President, the Business Roundtable, an organization comprised of the chief executive officers from leading U.S. companies. "The Core Standards movement can help our nation prepare a highly trained, internationally competitive workforce so we can continue to lead the world. The GE Foundation has demonstrated real leadership by stepping up and supporting this work."
"Our members came together from states across the country to develop the Common Core and are now focused on implementing these new standards," says Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers. "Teachers are on the frontlines of this work and supporting them as they bring the standards to life for their students is our top priority. We are thrilled that Student Achievement Partners in partnership with the GE Foundation will be providing such a strong resource for teachers."
GE Foundation support continues the legacy of its education investments in its seven Developing Futures districts: Atlanta; Cincinnati; Erie, Penn.; Jefferson County, Ky.; Milwaukee; New York City; and Stamford, Conn. Teachers in these districts will participate in intense, multi-day training and will receive ongoing support as they implement the Standards, shift from current instructional practices, and ensure they are reaching all students.
GE Foundation works to solve some of the world's most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights and disaster relief. In addition, GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2009, the entire GE family -- including businesses, employees, retirees and GE Foundation -- contributed more than an estimated $220 million to community and educational programs, including more than $100 million from GE Foundation.
Student Achievement Partners is a New York City-based independent, nonprofit organization that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence that will substantially improve student achievement. Founded by three of the authors of the Common Core State Standards, Student Achievement Partners is devoted to accelerating student achievement by driving effective and innovative implementation of the Core Standards.
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