Reimagining Education Equity in the COVID Recovery | Grant Round Kickoff Meeting

Please join us at the Kickoff Meeting for SV2’s Grant Round focused on Reimagining Education Equity in the COVID Recovery! Our expert panel will discuss the effects of the pandemic on low income and underrepresented students, the systemic causes underlying this disproportionate impact, and the types of interventions that are most needed and effective as we look forward to recovery. The panel includes Chris Funk, Superintendent at Eastside Union High School District, Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Executive Director at The Education Trust-West, and Kesha Weekes, Academic Director at East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring (EPATT) — an alumni Grantee of SV2. This is an outstanding learning opportunity, whether you join the Grant Round or just attend this session, to hear from experts who will provide both “on the ground” and macro perspectives to help inform our grantmaking this spring.

SV2’s Spring 2021 Education Grant Round — part of SV2’s local Pathways to Opportunity focus — will focus on education approaches and organizations that are addressing the effects of the COVID pandemic and building toward more equitable education outcomes in the recovery. The pandemic has disproportionately affected low-income students and families, and has both revealed and intensified inequitable academic outcomes for students from underrepresented groups. This Grant Round will look at interventions including expanded learning, family engagement, and teacher development — approaches that are needed both now and as we look forward to recovery and rebuilding from the pandemic. We’re especially interested in organizations that have innovated or pivoted to bring new approaches to advance educational equity.

As part of SV2’s commitment to embedding an equity lens in our grantmaking practice, we’ve designed this Grant Round based on insights from a variety of community stakeholders, especially those close to the ground and with lived experience. A Partner research team conducted 25 interviews in November and December with a variety of educators, funders, researchers, and nonprofit leaders. Their insights and recommendations have shaped our approach to this Grant Round as well as the pool of nonprofit organizations we’ll consider.

This Grant Round will continue SV2’s approach to the application process: virtual “coffee chats” between small groups of Partners and nonprofit applicants will take the place of written grant applications. Partners will learn about the sector and conduct diligence on the organizations over the course of five meetings from January to June. The Grant Round is led by Partners Meg Bannick and Grace Mah and staff member Jody Chang. Meetings will be on Thursdays from 11:30am -1:30pm via Zoom. 

Please contact Jody Chang with questions.