Recognizing Innovative Approaches to Closing the Achievement Gap


Kim Baich, COO, Good360 and 2012 Excellence Award Winner, presents 2013 honor to Derek Mitchell, CE0, Partners in School Innovation, in recognition of collaboration with the Applied Materials Foundation.

The idea of closing the achievement gap in low performing public schools can be overwhelming.  But Partners in School Innovation, a California-based nonprofit, dedicated to transforming teaching and learning so every child -- regardless of background -- thrives is working to do just that.

The Applied Materials Foundation is proud to fund Partners’ work in three of the most challenged districts in San Jose, CA and even more proud that the partnership between the organization and the Foundation was selected to be recognized by the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy with its 13th Annual Excellence Award.

The Award honors a partnership that embodies three pillars of excellence: 1) Innovation – the program must stretch beyond traditional approaches to deliver exceptional results, 2) Dedication to measurement – a commitment to accountability and continuous improvement throughout the lifecycle of the joint program, and 3) Executive Leadership – active and effective involvement of leaders of both organizations in the success of the program.

At the recent CECP Summit in New York City, Partners’ CEO, Derek Mitchell accepted the Award thanking the Applied Materials Foundation for its collaboration, its commitment to encouraging rigor in program implementation, and its ability to ask tough questions that lead to progress that benefits students and teachers in Silicon Valley. 

Check out the video below featuring Derek and Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter.


Congratulations to Partners in School Innovation!


Photo Credit: Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy