Center for Innovation in Education

  • Pittenger, Linda (PI)
  • Wilhoit, Harold (CoI)
  • O'Hair, Mary (Former PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


This proposal requests the support for a three year, $2,062,886 project which will fund executive leadership and basic operations of the Center for Innovation in Education (Center) under the leadership of Gene Wilhoit. The Center will be housed within the University of Kentucky and will be funded by a consortium of foundations. At this time, the University of Kentucky Research Foundation requests an initial grant of $1,000,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the startup of this project in the first three years. After a six-plus year tenure as Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Mr. Wilhoit is ready to contribute to the national reform agenda by focusing on a few critical next-phase issues including, ensuring full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and, second, exerting positive external pressure and supporting systemic transformation in states towards high quality learning and teaching. The Center’s focus areas will be: 1) Ensure that more states are adopting a definition of college and career readiness that embodies deeper learning outcomes and implementing that definition with fidelity. 2) Work at the national and federal levels to promote deeper learning among key influencers and organizations. 3) Provide assistance to leaders of the Innovation Lab Network so that they are more rapidly and effectively translating local innovations into policy. 4) Facilitate dialogue with state policy makers to set conditions that support the deeper learning reforms. 5) Promote the role of teachers as solutions designers and producers of new knowledge about how we cause learning.
Effective start/end date2/6/1312/31/15


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: $1,037,195.00


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