Partners

Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationship and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. The Society seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and, opening in 2006, Mumbai. Through its International Studies in the Schools initiative, Asia Society’s education division is promoting teaching and learning about world regions, cultures, and languages in K-12 schools by raising awareness and advancing policy, developing practical models of international education in the schools, and strengthening relationships between U.S. and Asian education leaders.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was created in January 2000 in order to reduce inequities in four primary areas: Global Health, Education, the Pacific Northwest, and Global Libraries. The Education program seeks to ensure that all students in the United States graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship. Through its partnerships in communities across the nation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate as strong citizens ready for college and work. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by co-chairs Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and William H. Gates Sr., and by CEO Patty Stonesifer.

The Communities Foundation of Texas is a public charity offering a a unique program of responsible investment, optimal tax benefits, and effective grantmaking designed to have a postive impact on education, healthcare, culture, and civic and social services in the Dallas/North Texas area. The Communities Foundation of Texas manages the Texas High School Project, a public-private initiative to demonstrate that every Texas student can succeed in high school and graduate ready for college, work, and citizenship.

The New Schools Project was launched in August 2003 by North Carolina's Governor's Education Cabinet and the Public School Forum, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The New Schools Project awards grants and provides other support towards the creation of approximately forty-five small high schools throughout North Carolina with highly personalized environments. The schools will serve as models for academically rigorous curriculum to prepare all students for work and college.

The mission of Houston A+ Challenge is to promote an academically rich and purposeful education for more of our children and to demonstrate how such an education could become possible for all our children. A not-for-profit public, private partnership, the Houston A+ Challenge directs the largest single sum of private money ever dedicated to public school reform in the Greater Houston area. The Challenge develops and funds school programs, professional development and leadership institutes to promote higher academic achievement by all students using the principles of Whole School Reform.

The College of Staten Island is a senior college within the City University of New York (CUNY). Situated in one of the world's most distinguished cities, CSI provides students the opportunity to establish professional and academic contacts, as well as to study in a vibrant international capital of finance, entertainment, communications, and the arts.

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education offers a range of professional preparation for those seeking to begin or advance in a career in education. Dedicated to improving education policy, practice, and research, Penn GSE faculty and academic associates engage in work that informs policy deliberations at all levels of government, makes major contributions to the education research base, and provides valuable knowledge and services to practitioners and education leaders. They are committed to improving urban education, as exemplified by their extraordinary investment in local Philadelphia and regional communities, and for their broad research and programmatic interests in the international arena.