BIF Scores Million Dollar Grant from NY’s Carnegie Corporation

Thursday, July 06, 2017


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Saul Kaplan, BIF

RI's Business Innovation Factory has landed a $1 million grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to "help integrate the many fragmented innovation solutions, tools, and approaches being tried across the U.S. education system in order to transform student experience and produce better student outcomes."

The grant is another big win for BIF and Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst. Kaplan, appears weekly on GoLocal LIVE's Business Monday.

The Carnegie Corporation is lead by former Brown University President, Vartan Gregorian.

“I could not be more proud of the BIF Student Experience Lab team and its work with the Corporation to enable collaboration across the education sector to improve the student experience and learning outcomes,” BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst Saul Kaplan says. “There are plenty of well-intended innovation efforts and new technologies aimed at transforming our education system, but point solutions fall short when they aren’t integrated into next practices and new education models designed with student experience as a foundation. We face a systems challenge that will only be solved with systems solutions. I’m deeply grateful to the philanthropic foundation for its support of this important work.”

The grant will enable BIF to organize and facilitate an Integration Design Consortium, a learning network comprised of leading education consulting and design organizations, formed by the Corporation.

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Vartan Gregorian

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Corporation and working with the teams of the Integration Design Consortium to learn together and share tools that will help reshape the education landscape,” states Sam Seidel, Director of BIF’s Student Experience Lab. “This grant is perfectly aligned with our BIF Student Experience Lab’s mission to make transformational change safer and easier to manage for education leaders by helping them to explore, test and scale next practices and new student-centered education models.”

Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”


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