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News and Stories from Stone, its Grantees, and the Issues it invests in.

60 Years!

June 14, 2018
The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation turns 60 in 2018. That's 60 years of doing what W. Clement Stone instructed "make the world a better place for this and future generations." Recently, four Executive Directors, current and former, reflected on their tenure with the Foundations and its impact. Read what they wrote here.

Stone Grantees Explore Equity at Annual Convening

December 18, 2017
In September of 2017, the Stone Foundation hosted professor john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, for a series of conversations on race and equity. powell, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and structural racism, spoke to Chicago-based funders and Stone grantees on addressing racial inequities in their work.

Equity: Supporting, Recruiting, and Retaining Teachers of Color

March 26, 2017
Drawing on interviews with four new teachers of Color in San Francisco public schools, case studies of the Seattle and Boston Teacher Residencies, and decades of research, "Beyond Brochures" identifies seven barriers people of Color face to become teachers, and offers recommendations for how teacher preparation programs and policymakers can address this growing problem. Read the entire report here.

Equity: Youth Aim to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

March 24, 2017
Over the past several years, youth leaders from Communities United (CU) and other organizations convened statewide efforts that led to the creation and passage of SB100. This new legislation, which took effect in September 2016, is the most comprehensive school discipline reform policy in the nation. It targets the disparate disciplinary practices that contribute to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Equity: Valuing All Children by Valuing All Teachers

March 23, 2017
Center for Study of Early Childhood Employment releases ground-breaking report, Early Childhood Workforce Index. The science is clear -- early childhood education shapes children’s lifelong development -- yet science and reality don’t align. While we understand that early education is critical, we’re not adequately investing in our most important resource: our children’s teachers. The median hourly wage for child care workers is $9.77, and 46% of these workers and their families are enrolled in at least one public support program. The median hourly wage for preschool teachers is $13.74, and 34% of these workers and their families are enrolled in at least one public support program. Find out how your state stacks up here.

Pursuing Educational Equity: Early Childhood Through 12th Grade

March 21, 2017
The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation is committed to improving student outcomes in urban schools in the United States. In order to advance this mission, the Foundation has identified several levers for change and has chosen to fund organizations that have made important contributions to the levers. In 2016, twenty organizations were invited to a cross-grantee convening from early childhood and k-12. The focus of the groups work spanned policy, practice and research.

Advancing Early Childhood: Multiple Approaches, Common Goals

April 4, 2016
The Stone Foundation hosted a convening of early childhood development grantees in the summer of 2015. Representatives from grantee organizations in Boston, Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Philadelphia gathered to discuss common challenges they face as they attempt to grow, expand their reach, and deepen their impact. This report synthesizes key themes and ideas as these early childhood development leaders shared and learned from each other.

Educational Video Center Produces National Award Winner

April 4, 2016
Congratulations to Educational Video Center (ECD), long-time grantee of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation. EVC student, Raelene Holmes-Andrews won the 2014 Media for A Just Society Award, presented by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency(NCCD), for her film "Life Under Suspicion: Youth Perspectives on NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy." According to NCCD's website "These awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare issues."