Oak Foundation: Learning Differences Grant Program
The Oak Foundation
Grant amount: More than US $25,000
Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program
Location of project: Europe, Ethiopia, United States
Location of residency: Europe, Ethiopia, United StatesView website Save Need help writing this grant?
In the Learning Differences Programme, we envision a world where students with learning differences are agents of their own learning success and are supported by educators and environments that expect, embrace and respond to diverse learner profiles.
- teachers report being underprepared and lack resources to support diverse learners;
- students are often misunderstood and not included in the conversation;
- parents are not equipped with knowledge and tools to understand and advocate for their children;
- most personalised learning environments are not optimised for students with learning differences;
- neuroscience advances need to be translated into practice; and
- tools need to be strengthened and developed to describe the dimensions of learning.
- Strengthen Teacher Capacity: Prepare teachers to expect and plan for all students’ learning profiles, especially those with learning differences.
- Engage Students: Engage students with learning differences as key partners in their own learning and development.
- Enhance Parent Knowledge and Support: Provide parents of students with learning differences the information, tools and guidance needed to support student academic, social and emotional success.
- Personalise Learning Environments: Support the application of personalised learning and neuroscience research findings to strengthen educational environments for students with learning differences.
- Build Demand: Promote awareness of, and strengthen demand for, educational environments that are responsive to students with learning differences.
- Explore Learner Profile Tool(s): Develop or enhance tools that support educators, parents and students in better understanding and responding to individual learner profiles.
In addition to the overall principles of Oak Foundation, our programme strategy is based on the following core beliefs:
- Each learner possesses a diverse set of cognitive, social, and emotional assets, knowledge, skills, interests and preferences. These characteristics interact to form a unique learner profile that changes over time.
- Students, particularly those with learning differences, can achieve greater academic success when they understand how they learn and use that knowledge to plan for and adapt to learning environments and advocate for themselves as learners.
- Educators should expect and embrace students’ diverse learner profiles and have the knowledge and tools to personalise their instruction based on these profiles.
- Parents should understand their child’s unique learner profile and have the tools to advocate for him/her.
- Education systems should hold themselves accountable for the success of their students who learn differently.
- Student success should be defined using accountability frameworks with multiple indicators of academic performance as well as measures of social and emotional wellbeing, persistence and engagement.
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- We support organisations in the United States and Europe as well as in a limited number of countries around the world. We aim to increase support to worldwide initiatives.
- We do not provide support to individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
- We also do not fund religious organisations for religious purposes or election campaigns.
- Except in special circumstances or in Zimbabwe, we generally do not provide programme grants under USD 25,000.
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