Supporting innovative ideas to accelerate learning

In response to school closures due to the coronavirus, we launched the Remote Learning Innovation Fund to help ensure all children in our region have access to vital ongoing learning opportunities and support. As our community rallies together, The Opportunity Trust is committed to supporting and shining a light on these endeavors.

The first phase of the fund was supporting projects that addressed the urgent needs of students in the face of unexpected school closures. We awarded $150,000 in grants to individuals and teams in St. Louis with ideas that addressed the full range of student needs— from academic to social-emotional. 

We are dedicating the remaining financial resources in the Remote Learning Innovation Fund to ensuring a strong restart in the fall. We will kick off this next phase of responsive investments with a conversation with national education leaders who are the vanguard for how to restart school. Check back for more information about the launch in the coming weeks.

What are the criteria for the grant?

Urgent

The idea supports an urgent need for St. Louis students, particularly those who are at most risk during this time.

Achievable

It is clear on the outcomes it seeks to achieve, there is a path to be implemented in the near term, and has the necessary support and capacity to execute it well.

Scaleable

It’s an idea that the others can learn from and potentially replicate— i.e. it's scalable and the resources will be shared openly.

Enduring

Represents an innovation or practice that could endure or evolve beyond school closures.


What are some projects that have been funded by the Remote Learning Innovation Fund?

St. Louis County Library and Ready Readers are partnering to offer free books at all food and supply pickups in North County

Atlas Public Schools is assembling and delivering 100 hands-on kits that will offer 30+ hours of learning opportunities for early childhood students

Metro Theatre Company is connecting youth with older community members through an intergenerational storytelling project supported by teaching artists to help foster empathy and connection through art

A partnership between the national teacher training program, Teach Like A Champion, and KIPP St. Louis is creating virtual training for teachers on remote instruction that will be made available to all teachers in the region

St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature is aiming to improve children’s reading proficiency and promote a love of literature through live virtual readings from local black authors accompanied by hands-on activities and books

Key Dates

    The Opportunity Trust invests in educators and school systems eager to build the capacity required to make significant and measurable change.

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