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Reconnecting Education and Foundations: Turning Good Intentions into Educational Capital

Ray Bacchetti (Editor), Thomas Ehrlich (Editor), Lee S. Shulman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-8818-0
528 pages
October 2006, Jossey-Bass
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"Ray Bacchetti and Thomas Ehrlich have brought together an impressive constellation of thinkers to consider philanthropy's fundamentally important role in American education--past, present, and future."
--Thomas Toch, cofounder and codirector, Education Sector

"This volume provides a critical and constructive analysis of relationships between foundations and education institutions. It offers thoroughly researched, well reasoned, and very practical suggestions for increasing foundations' impact on the quality of K-12 and university education."
--Deborah Stipek, dean, Stanford University School of Education

"This fascinating book, the outcome of a project to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, asks the crucial question whether foundations can and should invest in 'educational capital' in this new century, now that the historic consensus on what makes for good education has given way to an era of uncertainty and politicization as to the goals of education. The book will convince readers that the stakes are high in resolving this dilemma in educational investment."
--Stanley N. Katz, director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies,Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

"This impressive book by Bacchetti, Ehrlich, and their knowledgeable coauthors unveils through sound research and analysis the interlocking and often tension-ridden tripartite relationships among the institutions of private philanthropy (i.e., foundations), schools, and colleges. It is a must read for Messrs. Buffett and Gates along with thoughtful practitioners, academics, and policy analysts in the fields of philanthropy and education. It doesn't provide all of the answers but raises many very important questions."
--Donald M. Stewart, visiting professor, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
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List of Tables and Figures.

Foreword (Lee S. Shulman).

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

PART ONE: Introduction—Recommendations—History.

1. Foundations and Education: Introduction (Ray Bacchetti, Thomas Ehrlich).

2. Recommendations: Building Educational Capital (Ray Bacchetti, Thomas Ehrlich).

3. What Might Andrew Carnegie Want to Tell Bill Gates? Reflections on the Hundredth Anniversary of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Jennifer de Forest).

PART TWO: K–12 and Foundations.

4. Increasing Foundation Impact by Building Educational Capital (Theodore Lobman, Ray Bacchetti).

5. Foundations and School Reform: Bridging the Cultural Divide (Nancy Hoffman, Robert Schwartz).

6. When Reach Exceeds Grasp: Taking the Annenberg Challenge to Scale (Barbara Cervone).

7. Building Capacity for School Improvement (Thomas Hatch).

8. The National Writing Project: Commitment and Competence (Ann Lieberman).

PART THREE: Higher Education and Foundations.

9. Patron or Bully? The Role of Foundations in Higher Education (Charles T. Clotfelter).

10. Many Motives, Mixed Reviews: Foundations and Higher Education as a Relationship Richer in Possibilities Than Results (Ray Bacchetti).

11. Working Through Intermediaries: The New Jersey Campus Diversity Initiative (Edgar F. Beckham).

12. From Idea to Prototype: The Peer Review of Teaching (Pat Hutchings).

13. Addressing Failure: The Case of the Commission on Social Studies (Robert Orrill).

PART FOUR: Cross-Cutting Topics.

14. Education and the Conservative Foundations (Leslie Lenkowsky, James Piereson).

15. Robin Hood with a Difference: Operating Foundations and Universities and Schools (Robert Weisbuch).

Appendix A: Going for the Gold in Undergraduate Education (Russell Edgerton).

Appendix B: Selected Data on Foundation Grants and Total Educational Expenditures.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Ray Bacchetti is a scholar in residence at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has been education program officer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, vice president for planning and management at Stanford University, and an elementary school teacher.

Thomas Ehrlich is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has been president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of the Stanford Law School, and has held several positions in the federal government. He is author, coauthor, or editor of ten other books, including Educating Citizens.

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"Bacchetti, Ehrlich, and their distinguished colleagues have produced a persuasive collection of cases that illustrate why it is important to consider how funding decisions are made. . . " (PsycCritiques, 10/24/2007)

"Ray Bacchetti and Thomas Ehrlich have brought together an impressive constellation of thinkers to consider philanthropy's fundamentally important role in American education—past, present, and future."
—Thomas Toch, cofounder and codirector, Education Sector

"This volume provides a critical and constructive analysis of relationships between foundations and education institutions. It offers thoroughly researched, well reasoned, and very practical suggestions for increasing foundations' impact on the quality of K–12 and university education."
—Deborah Stipek, dean, Stanford University School of Education

"This fascinating book, the outcome of a project to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, asks the crucial question whether foundations can and should invest in 'educational capital' in this new century, now that the historic consensus on what makes for good education has given way to an era of uncertainty and politicization as to the goals of education. The book will convince readers that the stakes are high in resolving this dilemma in educational investment."
—Stanley N. Katz, director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

"This impressive book by Bacchetti, Ehrlich, and their knowledgeable coauthors unveils through sound research and analysis the interlocking and often tension-ridden tripartite relationships among the institutions of private philanthropy (i.e., foundations), schools, and colleges. It is a must read for Messrs. Buffett and Gates along with thoughtful practitioners, academics, and policy analysts in the fields of philanthropy and education. It doesn't provide all of the answers but raises many very important questions."
—Donald M. Stewart, visiting professor, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

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