U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton will address the opening plenary session and town hall meeting of the Social Innovation Fund’s annual grantee conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Shelton will discuss the Obama administration’s efforts to build ladders of opportunity for those in greatest need. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education supports programs like Investing in Innovation (i3) fund which backs promising approaches in high-need areas; School Improvement Grants, which turn around persistently low-achieving schools; and Promise Neighborhoods, which link schools with partner organizations in low-income areas to provide services from early learning to college and career.
The Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The fund invests in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures and youth development.
The opening session will be live streamed. Click here for details.