Follow highlights and updates on the GE Foundation’s efforts to improve the equity and quality of public education and support rollout of the Common Core State Standards for College and Career Readiness in the U.S.

Developing Futures™ and Mathematics Performance

June 24th, 2013

A new evaluation report released by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) provides strong evidence that the GE Foundation Developing Futures™ in Education program significantly contributed to improvements in student performance in four districts: Jefferson County, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Stamford, CT; and Erie, PA.

To assess how student achievement in mathematics changed after the introduction of Developing Futures™, the researchers used a technique called an interrupted time series design.  CPRE conducted the evaluation using thousands of student records over a period of up to 10 years in order to analyze performance trends both before and after the GE Foundation began working with the districts.

Overall, strong and statistically significant evidence demonstrated that GE Foundation’s efforts made a meaningful contribution to improvements in student math test performance across the partner districts. The introduction of GE Foundation support marked the beginning of statistically significant gains on end-of-year state test performance.

The findings from the evaluation report were presented in a webcast titled “A Discussion on Developing Futures™ and Mathematics Performance,” hosted by Bob Corocoan, President & Chairman, GE Foundation, and Dr. Jonathan Supovitz, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director, CPRE. Click here to access the webcast presentation.

Click on CPRE Report summary on Developing Futures to read a brief of the report.

Click here to read the full report.

Educators Trained at Standard Immersion Institute

May 6th, 2013

 The GE Foundation and Student Achievement Partners (SAP) sponsored a two-day Standard Immersion Institute 5 convention at the Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida in early May. One hundred and fifteen educators participated in the event – the first advanced Common Core State Standards professional development training program to be offered.

CCSS Teacher training

Educators engaged in CCSS professional development training program




GE Foundation at International Education Forum

March 15th, 2013

Many studies have shown the U.S. lagging behind its international peers in educational achievement and attainment. The GE Foundation has become a recognized leader in supporting U.S. education reform to help American students become both college-ready and career-ready to compete successfully in today’s global economy.

The GE Foundation’s leadership role stems in part from the success of its Developing Futures™ in Education program, which it launched in 2005. Additionally, the GE Foundation has championed the concept of more rigorous educational standards, known as the Common Core State Standards, currently adopted by 46 states.

As evidence of that leadership, Kelli Wells, director of U.S. Education Programs for the GE Foundation was invited to take part in the third International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which took place on March 13 and 14, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The summit was designed to examine educational reform measures in other countries with a focus on accountability. This was the third international summit of its kind. The prior events focused on teacher training and leadership development.

“We got a look at what works in other countries, what the best teachers do and how they do it – and what we can bring back to use in U.S. schools,” noted Kelli.

The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the U.S. Department of Education spearheaded U.S. involvement in the summit. Two other U.S. foundations at the summit were the Ford Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also attending the summit were the counterparts of the Presidents of the NEA and AFT and Secretary of Education from other countries.

Salt Lake City, UT, Common Core State Standards Roadshow

February 6th, 2013

GE Foundation president and chairman Bob Corcoran meets with Utah business leaders and state legislators to encourage support for implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Learn more.

Congressman Himes Visits Turn of River Middle School in Stamford, CT

January 25th, 2013

On January 25, 2013, U.S Representative Jim Himes toured Turn of River Middle School in Stamford, CT, with Kelli Wells, director, U.S Education, at the GE Foundation.

Learn more in the Stamford Advocate and the Hour.


Stamford, CT, Education Symposium

January 14th, 2013

GE Foundation president and chairman Bob Corcoran served as keynote speaker for a Stamford Education Symposium, hosted by Stamford Achieves, to discuss the urgent need for education reform and college and career readiness for all students. Following the symposium, Mr. Corcoran visited Rogers International School and Springdale Elementary School to meet with teachers and view classrooms.