Launched in 2017 with funding from the Walton Family Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Active Ingredients aimed to help schools develop systems for measuring and reporting the success of supports such as wraparound services, community partnerships, service projects and social-emotional learning in driving meaningful student learning.
At its start, the Institute convened authorizers, content experts, educators, leaders and policy advocates to explore the idea and create a draft framework to support authorizers and schools in this work. Through this project, we intended to provide schools with the ability to develop these measures and communicate them to their authorizer and other stakeholders in the language they understand: credible and replicable data.
The pilot project rolled out in 2019 with six authorizers from across the country, including SUNY, Chicago Public Schools Office of Innovation & Incubation, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of Charter School Compliance and Support, School District of Osceola County, Thomas B, Fordham Institute and Washington State Charter School Commission. Each invited one to three schools to participate. Since then, authorizers from shops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and DeKalb County Georgia have also joined this important work.
The past four years have resulted in a number of useful resources schools and authorizers can use to develop and start tracking mission-aligned measures. Click on the resources and videos on the right hand side of the page to learn more about Active Ingredients, and how you could start engaging in this important work.