Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Issues Special Report on Improving Teaching Quality

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820February 21, 2011

PHILADELPHIA –- The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released a special report highlighting how donors can improve the single biggest in-school factor affecting students: teaching quality. 

“High Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality: Focus on High-Need Secondary Students” identifies cost-effective nonprofit models that improve teachers’ skills, principals’ effectiveness and the way schools are organized. 

To help donors understand how they can make the biggest difference, the report provides cost-per-impact estimates for each model and discusses how policy can enhance or prevent donor impact.

While the guide focuses on high-need secondary students, most models apply to all students, regardless of age and need.

“For far too long, too may have bought into the belief that great teachers are born, not made,” Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center, said.  “What we have found is that great teachers – and great principals – are developed, and both charter and non-charter models are remaking even the most chronically failing schools.”

The new publication is available at

Later this year, the Center plans to release a donor tool kit based on the report’s findings and will host educational forums where donors can learn more.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, housed at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is a non-profit resource center established by alumni of Penn’s Wharton School.  It provides independent analysis and decision-making tools to ensure that philanthropic funds have the greatest possible impact.

Additional information about the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is at