Press Release

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (October 3, 2018) – Support from the Bosch Community Fund will help improve the quality of teaching and learning in Michigan schools. The two-year, $50,000 grant will provide support to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, an initiative of The Education Trust-Midwest.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was established in 2015 through support from the Steelcase Foundation. Working in partnership with teachers and administrators in under-represented West Michigan schools, the initiative brings national best practices and strategies to Michigan classrooms.

“Providing high-quality instruction to Michigan students is among the most effective strategies for improving student learning,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. “All students can learn when provided with the right tools and support. As a result of this grant from the Bosch Community Fund, we can work to make this a reality for more students.”

By supporting teachers and principals through high-quality professional development and mentoring, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is helping narrow achievement gaps in partner schools. Results from partner schools show a double-digit narrowing of the achievement deficiency in English language arts and math over the past three years.

“The Education Trust-Midwest shares our dedication to provide strategic opportunities that help close the education gap in accessibility and achievement for students,” said Kathleen Owsley, president of the Bosch Community Fund. “This critical work supports our goal of enhancing the equity and advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. We’re honored to be partnering with an organization that sets the standard for exceptional education in Michigan.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in the 44 U.S. communities where Bosch has locations, including Farmington Hills, Michigan, where Robert Bosch’s North American headquarters is located.

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The Education Trust-Midwest is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for all Michigan students, especially for African American, Latino, American Indian, and low-income students. The Education Trust-Midwest believes in the power of intelligent education policy and practices — informed by data, research, and the successes of other states — to make Michigan a top ten education state for all students.