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Students Across America Gaining from CEO Efforts to Invest in What Works

Washington – Business Roundtable today detailed the positive impact its CEO member companies have had on improving student achievement in Investing in Results: How Business Roundtable Is Supporting Proven Education Reform. Released during the Business Roundtable CEO Quarterly Meeting, the report illustrates the potential that education philanthropy dollars have when they are focused on what works.

“Helping all students succeed is an enduring priority for CEOs, and we are proud to support programs that are producing real results,” said John Engler, President of Business Roundtable.

The CEO effort to expand on what’s working started in 2013 when Business Roundtable launched its Education Philanthropy Initiative. Two years later, the report examines how the five programs selected for their outstanding work in K-12 education reform have reached more students and improved educational outcomes as a result of the more than $15 million contributed to the Initiative by Roundtable CEOs.

“Our CEO members’ companies are always ready to contribute to worthy programs, and we are glad to report that by focusing in on a proven few in the education arena, we have been able to deliver even more value,” continued Engler.

As detailed in the report, Business Roundtable CEO member company contributions have helped the five selected programs do the following:

  • The New Teacher Center is advancing its growth plan, increasing the number of new teachers it plans to support from 23,000 to 60,000.

  • The National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) is increasing the number of scholarships it provides to principals – with a focus in Fayette County, Kentucky – so they can attend its Executive Development Program. By fall 2016, NISL will have trained 250 school principals in the county who will oversee the learning of an estimated 137,000 students — more than 20 percent of all Kentucky public school students.

  • Success for All (SFA) is bringing its reading program to an additional 25,000 children beyond SFA’s current student body of 450,000. Moreover, an additional 860 teachers will receive support, training and knowledge that will enhance and sustain their teaching skills in all subjects.

  • Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math®, a game-based instructional software created by the MIND Research Institute, has been made available to 90,000 more students. This expansion includes training and supporting an additional 3,200 teachers. A portion of the Business Roundtable funds is also being used to develop new curricula on financial literacy, develop more in-depth professional development and host math fairs in certain school districts.

  • National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) UTeach Expansion Program is providing support to new graduates, creating a national UTeach community and providing grants to UTeach programs to expand their reach and impact in the STEM sphere. Additionally, the funding has enabled NMSI to work with the new UTeach STEM Educators Association, among other initiatives.


Read the full report here.