Elliot Weinbaum is committed to ensuring that all children in low-income communities in Philadelphia have access to high quality educational experiences from birth through high school. As part of that commitment, Weinbaum and the William Penn Foundation played a leading role in supporting Philadelphia’s ground-breaking teacher development effort for 2,000 teachers focused on literacy instruction; facilitated the launch of a citywide collaborative initiative to help all children read on grade level by the end of third grade; and created a $20 million fund to support the expansion of high-quality, early childhood education programs in communities most in need. While on fellowship, Weinbaum investigated how the national and regional governments of China are supporting teachers in low-income communities to change instructional practices to meet the needs of their students and their rapidly changing society. Weinbaum’s goal was to learn how large-scale instructional improvement can occur and to support the free exchange of ideas and evidence that can help push both countries to improve the quality of education.


William Penn Foundation


Program Director, Great Learning

Areas of Interest

At-Risk Youth, Child Welfare, Education
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United States Program

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United States

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