Non-profit

Partnership for the Future of Learning

Website:

futureforlearning.org

Project of:

the National Public Education Support Fund

The Partnership for the Future of Learning is network of over 100 organizations advocating for education and social justice. Several organizations within the partnership include the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the National Education Association. [1] The organization does not have its own tax-exempt status, and states that it is “housed and supported by the National Public Education Support Fund.”

Funding

According to the Partnership for the Future of Learning’s website, it receives funding from: the Bay & Paul Foundations, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Foundations for a Better Oregon, the Grable Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Education Association, the NEA Foundation, the National Public Education Support Fund, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Sandler Foundation, the Schott Foundation for Public Education, the Southern Education Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and Voqal.[2]

Critical Race Theory

Future of Learning published a “Messaging Guide” that provides information, talking points, and “frames for your messaging” in support of Critical Race Theory (CRT).[3]

The top five messages for CRT advocates included arguing that opposition to CRT comes from “aggressive right-wing instigators who want to stop educators and districts from working toward racial equity.” The guide also tells CRT advocates to argue that “banning conversations about racism in schools is a form of censorship.”

The guide also gives a list of ways that CRT advocates can “reframe” the debate around CRT to dismiss and deflect concerns about CRT curriculums being taught in schools.

In order to “reframe” the debate, the messaging guide states that the discussion needs to be shifted from “Values of patriotism, colorblindness, race neutrality, American exceptionalism, ‘unity,’ individualism, Capitalism, [and] meritocracy,” and shifted towards “interdependence, collective responsibility, diversity, empathy, belonging, curiosity, pragmatism, [and] ingenuity.”

 

References

  1. “Who We Are.” Partnership for the Future of Learning. Accessed May 6, 2020. https://futureforlearning.org/who-we-are/ ^
  2. “Who We Are.” Partnership for the Future of Learning, July 20, 2021. https://futureforlearning.org/who-we-are/#partners. ^
  3. “Truth in Our Classrooms Bridges Divides: A Messaging Guide.” Partnership for the Future of Learning, July 13, 2021. https://futureforlearning.org/2021/06/03/truth-bridges-divides/. ^
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