GE Aviation and the GE Foundation are long-time partners with Cincinnati Public Schools.
On Sept. 29, 2015, GE Aviation President and CEO David Joyce announced a $5 million sponsorship of an innovative program developed by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum designed to boost science interest and proficiency among young learners.
Using technology, Cincinnati Public Schools' elementary students will benefit from this sponsorship by participating in the new Online Explainers program, linking museum Explainers to district classrooms via interactive video conferences. The commitment will expand the museum’s Explainers program, through which specially trained high school and college students engage with young museum visitors to help them understand principles of flight and other scientific concepts. GE Aviation has committed $1 million to CPS for technology, professional development and curriculum planning for the Online Explainers program.
GE Foundation Education Grant
Starting in 2006, the GE Foundation awarded an education grant to Cincinnati Public Schools to improve student achievement in math and science, and to develop 21st-century skills for learners and leaders. The grant funded the development of professional learning communities; rigorous professional development in math and science; expansion of innovative technology to inform instruction; and in-kind human resource support to build leadership capabilities.
The GE Foundation Developing Futures™ in Education program now is in its second phase of collaboration with Cincinnati Public Schools, with a $5.3 million, three-year extension grant, announced in August 2011. This brought a total of $25.3 million over eight years to CPS from GE to improve instruction.
The initial GE Foundation grant for $20 million, awarded in 2006, enabled CPS to implement common curricula in math and science in all district schools. CPS is one of seven GE-funded districts totaling a $200-million investment by the GE Foundation and GE businesses, such as GE Aviation, to improve education.
Activities conducted under the GE Foundation grant to CPS enabled CPS to build district capacity, leading to significant positive change in student academic success. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, CPS achieved the Effective category on the Ohio Report Card — the first large-city school district in Ohio to achieve this high ranking.