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Valhalla Update|October 18, 2023

Valhalla Foundation Welcomes New President: Sara Allan to Join in January

On behalf of the entire team at Valhalla Foundation, we are delighted to announce that Sara Allan will be the next President of Valhalla. Sara will apply her learning mindset and deep strategic and analytical skills to all areas of our philanthropy, including early childhood development, K-12 education, data science, medical research & talent, and environmental innovation.  

Data Science|October 13, 2023

Steven Leavitt on Why Objections to Data Science in K-12 Are Not Sensible

Steven Leavitt pens an Op-Ed in Fortune that addresses objections to teaching data science skills in K-12, and makes the case for why and how all students need basic data literacy.

Early Childhood Development|October 12, 2023

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center Releases its 2023 State Policy Roadmap

Prenatal-to-3 Policy (PN-3) has released its fourth annual State Policy Roadmap. Grounded in the science of the developing child, the Roadmap provides clear guidance to state leaders on the most effective investments they can make to ensure all children thrive from the start.

Data Science|September 28, 2023

How One State is Incorporating Data Science in Every Subject – Even Art

While data science isn't a new subject, interest is growing in helping students grow data science skills. In the last three years, 17 states have added some sort of data science course to their K-12 offerings. In North Carolina, the Data Science Academy at North Carolina state is introducing the use of data science across disciplines, from biology and art to English and history.

K-12 Education|September 25, 2023

KIPP Foundation CEO Shavar Jeffries on Why Congress Needs to Invest, Not Divest in Education

KIPP Foundation CEO Shavar Jeffries makes the case for increased federal investment in education, and why $15B in proposed cuts to Title 1 funding will have a dire impact on learning.

K-12 Education|September 12, 2023

KIPP Middle and High School Students Have Far Higher College Completion Rates

A new study reveals vastly improved college enrollment and completion rates for students who attended both KIPP middle and high schools as compared to a similar group of children who applied for enrollment but were not selected in the network’s lottery system.

Environmental Innovation|September 2, 2023

New Satellite will Help Tackle Methane Leaks, a Major Driver of Global Warming

Methane is a greenhouse gas that often leaks from drilling sites and pipelines. A new satellite will hunt for methane leaks worldwide, which could significantly slow down global warming.

Data Science|August 24, 2023

The Responsible Use of AI Tools in the Classroom and Need for Data Skills

Data Science 4 Everyone Director Zarek Drozda joins Daytime Chicago to discuss how AI tools can be used in the classroom in a responsible way and the importance of data skills in equipping students to do so.

Data Science|July 31, 2023

Miscalculating Math: Rebalancing the Equation for Math Instruction to Include Data Skills

Students need data skills to land high-paying jobs in an evolving economy. This EdWeek series examines the reasons behind students’ faltering math skills, employers’ increasingly urgent calls for workers with data skills, the kinds of math skills needed for high-paying jobs in data science, and efforts afoot to find places to include geometry and statistics in the math curriculum.

Early Childhood Development|June 28, 2023

Alliance for Early Success Receives $10M Investment from MacKenzie Scott, Launches Innovative New Early Childhood Power Equity Fund

The Alliance for Early Success has received a $10-million grant from MacKenzie Scott, which will be used to launch the Power Equity Initiative, a strategy aimed at amplifying the voices of young children through equitable coalitions, collaborative policymaking, and increased funding at the state level.