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The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities. The Institute's primary lines of inquiry include school transformation, college and career readiness, and extended learning time.


SMART EDUCATION SYSTEMS: COMMUNITY-CENTERED SCHOOL REFORM

Our focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems”; that is, systems that coordinate educational supports and services wherever they occur – at school, at home, and in the community – to provide all children with equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences.


A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TOWARD SMART EDUCATION SYSTEMS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ANNENBERG INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOL REFORM

For nearly two decades, the Annenberg Institute has hewed to a single mission: to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children. We adopted that mission because our abiding concern for equity demanded a focus on urban schools and communities, where inequities in opportunities and results remain unacceptable.
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MISSION AND CORE PRINCIPLES

The Annenberg Institute’s mission is “to develop, share, and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children.” The Institute’s values are embodied in four Core Principles that emphasize results, equity, community, and learning.


STAFF

> Some thirty professional and administrative staff work in our main office in Providence, and another fifteen in our office in New York City.

> Executive Director, Dr. Warren Simmons' biography.

Positions available


CONTACT INFORMATION

Street and mailing addresses, directions, phone, fax., and e-mail information for Providence and New York offices.

For media inquiries and to access our list of experts please visit our media center.


ORGANIZATION

In pursuing our mission, we collaborate with a variety of funders and partners committed to educational improvement – school districts, community groups, researchers, national and local school reform organizations, and funders. Our work is organized in four areas related to supporting the development of smart education systems.

  • District Redesign and Leadership
  • Community Organizing and Engagement
  • Research and Policy
  • Learning Opportunities and Communications

HISTORY AND GOVERNANCE

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform was established at Brown University in 1993 with major support from the Annenberg Foundation. Its first director was Dr. Theodore R. Sizer, founder and chairman of the (then) Brown-based Coalition of Essential Schools. The current executive director, Dr. Warren Simmons, was appointed in 1998. In 2006, the Institute assimilated the Community Involvement Program, formerly part of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. > More history

The Institute is governed by a Board of Overseers, chaired by the President of Brown University.