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Annenberg Institute for School Reform

The Institute is currently focusing its programs in six initiative areas, carrying out its work through research and analysis, collaborations with partner organizations, support for local action, and publications and conferences. To help develop and refine its programming, the Institute periodically convenes a Program Advisory Group, which reviews current activities and makes recommendations for future focus of its work. The Institute's Executive Director is Warren Simmons, who was appointed in the fall of 1998. Some 40 professional and administrative staff are employed at the Institute office in Providence. In addition, the staff extends the scope of its knowledge and expertise through collaborations with educational partner organizations. Established at Brown University in 1993, the Institute operates as an affiliated program within the University. It is accountable to a Board of Overseers, chaired ex officio by the President of the University. The Institute's principal funding derives from an operating and endowment grant of $50 million from the Annenberg Foundation, part of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg's $500-million "Challenge to the Nation" to improve its public schools. In addition, the Institute seeks funding for specific programs from corporations and foundations. The Annenberg Institute does not make grants and cannot consider proposals for funding from outside organizations.

URL: http://www.aisr.brown.edu/
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