Current Grantees

As of June 2015, CEPF has funded four cohorts of grantees:

Cohort Four Grantees
Cohort Three Grantees
Cohort Two Grantees
Cohort One Grantees

CEPF Cohort Four Grantees

In August 2014, CEPF made its fourth round of grant awards. The grants support 11 organizations promoting Deeper Learning through education policy reform and policy implementation in California. A total of $3.75 million was awarded.

CEPF's Fourth Cohort of Grantees Includes:

California Acceleration Project (CAP) 
The CAP supports the state’s 112 community colleges to redesign and accelerate English and math remediation to increase student completion of college courses in those disciplines. Completion of college level math and English is a fundamental momentum point to transfer and degree attainment, and the first hurdle faced by the 70% of California Community College students deemed “underprepared” for college. Relying on research and experimental design, CAP involves grassroots, network-based organizing and professional development to change the structure, curricula, and pedagogy of remediation. CAP collaborates with faculty and partner organizations to reach wider audiences and create an echo chamber for change.

California Collaborative on District Reform 
The California Collaborative on District Reform convenes district leaders and other practitioners, state policymakers, researchers, and funders in ongoing dialogue, collective problem solving, and action, to improve instruction and student learning across California, especially for the state’s most underserved children. An initiative of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Collaborative brings its practitioners and other members into the state and local policy arenas to identify problems of practice and policy, enact solutions to those problems, and implement the solutions effectively. The Collaborative’s 38 members include superintendents from nine of the state’s districts (Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sanger); key state policy makers (including the current president of the State Board of Education and representatives from the California Department of Education), prominent researchers with expertise in both district- and state-level policy and reform, and support providers, advocates and foundation leaders working to improve education opportunities and outcomes in the state. The Collaborative’s two main goals have remained consistent since its inception nine years ago: building capacity to improve policy and practice; and influencing state and local action.

Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation 
The Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) Foundation supports high priority state initiatives through innovative programs that address internal capacity building and enhance efforts underway at the state level. In collaboration with the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and other education leaders; the CDE Foundation convenes people and organizations to develop recommendations to improve our state’s public education system and catalyze new approaches to meeting statewide goals. Its work focuses on three key content areas: Common Core, STEM, and student health and wellness.

The CDE Foundation is committed to creative collaborations that make it possible for students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected and dynamic world. Its whole child approach emphasizes the integrated and comprehensive needs of California’s youngest residents and future leaders.

Campaign for College Opportunity 
Founded in 2003 by an alliance of prominent organizations including the California Business Roundtable, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Community College League of California, the Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that the next generation of California students has the chance to attend college and succeed in achieving some level of postsecondary education. The Campaign was founded on the belief that independent pressure from a broad coalition of stakeholders and widespread media attention on policymakers and our higher education systems is necessary to press for successful policy solutions that meet workforce needs and ensure college opportunity for the growing diverse young adult population in our state. The Campaign focuses on improving student access to and success in California’s public higher education institutions by raising public awareness, building a strong and diverse coalition of supporters, and engaging in public policy and systems change.

Council for a Strong America 
The Council for a Strong America is the parent organization of three sibling organizations, all working toward the common goal of education reform and increased investments in children and families in California and at the national level. The Council’s “unexpected messengers” for education reform – California’s law enforcement leaders, business leaders, and retired admirals and generals – bring new voices to the conversation, helping stakeholders and the public understand the changes that are critical for the state’s young people to succeed in college, career, and civic life. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is led by more than 400 California police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, and crime survivors who know high quality education is the best way to help young people succeed in life and improve public safety. ReadyNation (formerly America’s Edge) mobilizes more than 100 California business leaders to advocate for education reform for a skilled 21st century workforce, vibrant economy, and employment growth. Mission: Readiness’ retired admirals and generals argue that education reform increases national security by preparing children to succeed in life – whatever career path they choose.

Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) 
Founded in 2002, EPIC is dedicated to improving educational policy and practices that will increase student success, particularly for students historically underserved by public schools. To pursue this mission, EPIC conducts a range of policy-related projects and research studies, and develops practical tools and techniques that support dramatic improvement in college and career readiness for students. EPIC is nationally recognized for its expertise in standards development, content analysis, secondary and postsecondary educational systems alignment, and measures of college and career readiness at the student, school, district and state levels.

EPIC created the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness, a model derived from years of research on entry-level college courses and on effective high schools, which consists of 1) Key Cognitive Strategies, 2) Key Content Knowledge, 3) Key Learning Skills and Techniques, and 4) Key Transition Knowledge and Skills. EPIC believes that local schools can succeed in making more students ready for college and careers, but they need close support and facilitation in planning how to do so, as well as access to proven tools and resources. They need a comprehensive model to guide intelligent decision making about the specific strategies they will pursue and programs they will implement in order to minimize policy and procedure improvisation, the tendency to come up with a series of isolated programs in response to a multifaceted problem.

Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles (E4E-LA) 
The mission of E4E-LA is to elevate the voices of teachers in policy decisions that affect student achievement and the teaching profession, with a focus on the greater Los Angeles region. Founded by classroom teachers and with a staff wholly comprising previous classroom teachers, E4E-LA provides opportunities for classroom practitioners to learn about education policy, network with like-minded colleagues and policymakers, and take action by advocating for changes that will raise student achievement and the quality of the teaching profession.

E4E-LA leverages its mission, model and members in the pursuit of two long-term and inextricably linked goals: 1) Raising the quality and prestige of the teaching profession and 2) Increasing student achievement. As an organization founded and led by teachers, E4E-LA plays a much-needed role in education policy debates. E4E-LA’s theory of change and programming uniquely combines grassroots organizing, teacher leadership development, policy creation, and advocacy to drive student-centered, teacher-led reforms from within the system itself.

EdVoice Institute 
EdVoice’s mission is to dramatically increase measurable student achievement and eliminate educational inequality by improving schools and growing a better model. In an effort to achieve this mission, the EdVoice Institute for Research and Education (the Institute) employs interconnected strategies toward complementary objectives. The Institute seeks to raise the baseline of understanding of state education policy among all policy makers. While aiming to increase the intellectual capital as a whole, the Institute can also identify potential educational leaders and facilitate their development as champions of the EdVoice vision of systemic change. At the same time, the Institute aims to build a more strategic and powerful education reform movement that puts kids first through statewide policy. The Institute aims to shape state policy by protecting hard-fought reforms that put students’ needs first.

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1888 to be the voice of business, and champion economic prosperity and quality of life throughout the Los Angeles region. The L.A. Chamber Foundation’s mission for pre-K-16 education is to build partnerships that make it possible for youth in L.A. to have equal access to education and high level job training resulting in a thriving local economy. The L.A. Chamber Foundation supports Chamber activities and the efforts of its affiliates to coordinate and broker systemic education reform. The L.A. Chamber Foundation is particularly focused on the issues facing large urban school districts such as the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).

The L.A. Chamber Foundation is committed to leading communication, leadership development and strategic partnering efforts to mobilize business/industry networks, and gain their support for education including: 1) supporting increased investment in quality early education, 2) leveraging state/federal funds & workforce development, 3) maximizing funding and student success for K-12 resources to stimulate job creation and 4) increasing access to success in Higher Education educational pathways. In order to transform our educational and workforce system for the benefit of L.A. youth – the Chamber focuses on programming, policy and systems change through its relationships with business and industry groups across the state and country.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
PACE is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, the University of California – Davis, and the University of Southern California. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to post-secondary education and training. PACE bridges the gap between research and policy, working with scholars from California’s leading universities and with state and local policymakers to increase the impact of academic research on educational policy in California.

PACE’s works with policy-makers and leaders at all levels of the education system to ensure that innovation and policy change are guided by research, that experimentation leads to policy learning, and that disparate policy initiatives converge on effective strategies for educational improvement. PACE’s fiercely protected reputation for academic integrity and political independence enables it to convene policy leaders across boundaries of interest and ideology for honest conversation about agreements and disagreements in the search for policy changes that will improve teaching and support deeper learning in California schools.

The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
SCOPE was founded in 2008 to foster research, policy, and practice to advance high quality, equitable education systems in the United States and internationally. SCOPE engages faculty from across Stanford and from other universities to work on a shared agenda of research, policy analysis, educational practice, and dissemination of ideas.

SCOPE's work is concentrated in four areas:

  • Research on the Opportunity Gap
  • Cross-national comparative analysis of educational opportunity
  • Development of policy and practice to expand educational opportunity
  • Collaboration with organizations nationally and internationally to close the Opportunity Gap 

CEPF Cohort Three Grantees

In September 2013, CEPF made its third round of grant awards. The grants support an ecosystem of 10 nonprofit organizations working on Deeper Learning through policy change in California. A total of $3.02 million was awarded.

CEPF's Third Cohort of Grantees Included:

CEPF Cohort Two Grantees

In August 2012, CEPF made its second round of grant awards. The grants support eight organizations with the potential to positively impact education policy reform in California. A total of $3.1 million was awarded.

CEPF's Second Cohort of Grantees Included:

CEPF Cohort One Grantees

At the end of July 2011, CEPF made its first round of grant awards. The grants supported nine organizations with the potential to impact education policy reform in California. A total of $3.73 million was awarded.

CEPF's First Cohort of Grantees Included: