Brown awards $474,000 to support academic excellence, equity initiatives in Providence schools

With its first payout since reaching $10 million in endowed funds, the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence will support critical initiatives outlined in the Turnaround Action Plan for Providence Public Schools.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A total of $474,000 in grants from Brown University’s Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence will provide critical support in 2021 for Providence Public School District programs aimed at strengthening teaching and learning in the district’s Pre-K-12 classrooms.

A Public Education Committee composed of Providence and Brown community members voted unanimously to allocate the Fund’s 2021 payout to support key actions outlined in the district’s Turnaround Action Plan, which outlines steps underway to deliver transformative change to the city’s public schools over the next five years.

Among a series of initiatives, the funding will support the development of a culturally responsive educational framework, aimed at advancing equity and justice in the district; the establishment of an International Baccalaureate program at Hope High School; the development of effective data and analytics systems in schools; and an initiative focused on employee appreciation.

“I am incredibly grateful to the Public Education Committee for their commitment to supporting the priorities identified in our Turnaround Action Plan, which was developed for and by the PPSD community,” said Harrison Peters, turnaround superintendent for the district. “These projects will accelerate our ongoing work around equity and justice, the high school redesign process and our efforts to expand the district’s data and analytics capacity. I look forward to our continued collaboration and the opportunity for further engagement with the community as we transform Providence Public Schools together.”

After Brown’s groundbreaking 2006 report on the University’s historic ties to slavery, the Fund was established to support current and future generations of Providence students, and has provided awards since 2009 to support PPSD initiatives. This year’s record annual payout marks the first since the University in 2020 fully funded its commitment to establish $10 million in endowed funds and created the Public Education Committee to make recommendations on the allocation of regular payouts.

Among the members of the committee, which is chaired by Brown President Christina H. Paxson, are students, faculty, and staff members from Brown; representatives from the greater Providence community; Peters; and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza.

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