Financial Sustainability: Earned, not Given

This white paper focuses on organizations that received Investing in Innovation (i3)/Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grants and are implementing innovative, promising, or proven practices. Many of these grantees are focused on balancing their effort to serve more students (getting to scale) with the realities of building a business and funding model that will sustain impacts and growth over the …

i3/EIR: 1-4-5 Scaling Up Podcast

Welcome to the 1-4-5 Podcast from the i3/EIR Scale Up and Sustainability Community, hosted by Tom DeWire. Ee talk with one i3/EIR grantee about their innovation and results, asking them four questions in under five minutes. The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) and Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR) were established to provide competitive grants to document and scale evidence-based …

Lessons Learned in Sustaining Education Reforms

In August of 2015, EdScale Principal Tom DeWire had the opportunity to catalog the work of leaders in Delaware to sustain education reforms transitioning out of the Race to the Top initiatives. Delaware saw strong student growth and improvement during this time and has sustained and grown — particularly in areas of career and college access since this time (see …

Driving Focused Implementation

EdScale supported a replication and expansion workshop — in partnership with the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools — in 2019. Subsequently, we facilitated a consultancy webinar focused on understanding the basics of progress routines and how to use them to drive continuous improvement and learning. We were joined by Maryland charter operator — Afya Baltimore, Inc — to learn …

Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices: Strategies from Investing in Innovation

Lessons learned from nine i3 grantees that served over 1.5 million students Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees to support the scaling up and sustainability of evidence-based programs and teaching practices through a contract with the federal government. The i3 program (and now the Education Innovation and Research …