Ford Next Generation Learning

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
College Readiness

Target Audience

All Students

Black/African American


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Grades 9 - 12

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Program Overview

Ford NGL mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life—prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy.

The Ford Partnership Next Generation Learning (NGL) initiative aims to provide a high-quality, project-based STEM curriculum that emphasizes effective ways of teaching and learning (known as the Pillars of Teaching and Learning) that are grounded in research about how people learn. Teachers integrate the Pillars into their practice through use of the curriculum and ongoing participation in professional development opportunities and school-based professional learning communities. The program aims to improve teaching and learning in order to provide all students--particularly less advantaged students and students who are at risk for dropping out of school--the skills, knowledge, and motivation that will equip them for success in postsecondary learning and their future careers. Ford PAS is part of Ford Motor Company Fund's Next Generation Learning initiative, which mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to enable young people to graduate from high school both college- and career-ready.

Funders and Partners

Ford Motor Company Fund



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Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.