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KnowledgeWorks Foundation

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • http://www.knowledgeworks.org

Mission Statement

By delivering innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies, KnowledgeWorks activates and develops the capacity of communities and educators to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive.

Main Programs

  1. Schools
  2. Communities
  3. Policy
  4. Future of Learning
Service Areas

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National

KnowledgeWorks provides services at the local, regional, and national level to individual schools, school districts, higher education institutions, cities, states, and national organizations.

ruling year

1991

President & CEO since 2013

Self-reported

Judy Peppler

Keywords

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Education, Personalized Learning, Schools, Communities, Policy, Future of Learning

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EIN

31-1321973

 Number

6509396856

Physical Address

One West Fourth Street Suite 200

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Schools

KnowledgeWorks offers a portfolio of innovative education approaches designed to help schools create environments that allow each student to thrive. Through extensive customization, radical personalization, and new roles for learners, schools can build diverse and vibrant learning ecosystems.

Personalized learning should be a system-level reality rather than an occasional success story. At KnowledgeWorks, we are creating tools for states and districts, and higher education institutions interested in fundamentally transforming learning and moving towards student-centered systems.

There are countless examples of personalized learning environments, models, and schools from coast to coast. KnowledgeWorks specializes in Early College High Schools and competency-based education.

More information: http://www.knowledgeworks.org/schools

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Education

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Program 2

Communities

Through the work of our subsidiary, StriveTogether, KnowledgeWorks partners with communities to implement locally focused, results-driven school models, while also assisting communities in building collective impact partnerships to bring everyone together to work to improve student outcomes.

StriveTogether bring proven expertise, effective resources and a nationally-recognized collective impact approach that enables communities to break down silos and work together to improve education outcomes for students from cradle to career.

More information: http://www.strivetogether.org

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Community Development

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Program 3

Policy

As a leader in Strategic Foresight and educational transformation, KnowledgeWorks informs thought leaders and policymakers about the responsive policy environments that will ensure every student experiences meaningful personalized learning to succeed in college, career, and life. KnowledgeWorks is focused on the following policy goals:
• To build capacity in the field at the district level to scale high-quality personalized learning environments
• To create flexible policy environments at the state and federal level to test, evaluate, and scale personalized learning
• To align district, state, and federal policy to support personalized learning at scale

More information: http://www.knowledgeworks.org/policy

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Education

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Program 4

Future of Learning

How might changes in the broader landscape affect what learning looks like in ten years? KnowledgeWorks explores the future of learning to help education leaders and innovators anticipate change, explore strategic possibilities and identify ways of creating better opportunities for all learners.

Our strategic foresight team creates forecasts on the future of learning, takes deep dives into critical education issues and suggests ways of translating insights about the future into action today. We also work with education stakeholders around the county to illuminate new possibilities for learning and for their organizations.

More information: http://www.knowledgeworks.org/future-learning

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

KnowledgeWorks provides services at the local, regional, and national level to individual schools, school districts, higher education institutions, cities, states, and national organizations.

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KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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President & CEO

Judy Peppler

BIO

Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, leading the social enterprise that is working in more than 30 states to improve the numbers of students who graduate ready for college or career. Peppler is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy and is the former Chief Transformation Officer for Wake County Public Schools, the country's 16th largest school district located in Raleigh, NC. Peppler is merging a successful business career with a passion to change student achievement outcomes in the United States. She previously served as the state president for Qwest Communications in Oregon and worked in the telecommunications industry for more 23 years.

Over the course of her career at Qwest, Peppler advanced through numerous positions, including network operations, human resources, lobbying, media, government and community relations. Prior to her work at Wake County Public Schools, Peppler was deeply involved in education issues in Portland. She served on the Board of the Portland Schools Foundation and was Co-Chair of Portland's Cradle to Career Council the predecessor to Portland's StriveTogether partnership now known as All Hands Raised.

Peppler said she joined KnowledgeWorks because of a desire to help students be better prepared for success in the 21st century. “Our students need learning environments that empower them to think critically, solve problems and prepare to compete in a global environment. And communities must be fully engaged in their success. Through our policy work, innovative schools on the ground and research on the future of education, we will play a critical role in helping students be prepared for college and the careers of tomorrow."

Peppler is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a master's of business administration from Boise State University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steven Minter

Interim Chairman of the Board

Term: Aug 2016 - July 2017

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