PORTLAND, Ore. – February 27, 2018 – Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded the 3 to PhD collaboration a three-year grant of $156,035 to support evaluation, data sharing, and collaborative analysis.


In an effort to help break the cycle of generational poverty and inequality, 3 to PhD aims to create safer, healthier and more educated communities by reducing health disparities and increasing educational attainment for historically underserved and vulnerable populations.


Trillium Family Services will serve as the representing organization to receive and administer the grant.


3 to PhD core providers include Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School, Kaiser Permanente, basics (formerly Pacific Foods), and Trillium Family Services. In collaboration with community, they provide services and programs including early childhood education, physical, oral, and mental health, food access, and other wraparound services – all while preparing the next generation of educators through Concordia’s College of Education.


Meyer Memorial Trust’s support is a significant boost for 3 to PhD as a new national educational model, as evaluation methodologies are developed and used to improve system design and increase the odds that programming and interventions support student learning by meeting children’s basic needs. The grant will specifically fund staffing, evaluation tools, and community incentives to engage families in the research and evaluation process.


“The 3 to PhD initiative fits well with Meyer Memorial Trust’s goal of encouraging and investing in collaborations among organizations serving communities experiencing disparities,” said Matt Morton, director of Meyer’s Equitable Education portfolio. “We look forward to hearing about its close integration among all community stakeholders.”


Reed Mueller, co-chair of the 3 to PhD Performance Management & Evaluation Committee and Concordia professor said, “We are focused on cultivating a culture of data-driven learning and adaptation while sharing best practices with the education community. This grant helps us immensely in that effort,”


The 3 to PhD Performance Management & Evaluation Committee is committed to the integrity and security of any data connected to this collaboration, and is taking every feasible measure to ensure the safe and secure management and storage of all information.


ABOUT 3 to PhD®

3 to PhD is a trailblazing educational model to create safer, healthier and more educated communities from early learning through Pursuing one’s Highest Dreams (PhD). The goal is to close the opportunity gap for the most vulnerable children and families. The initiative restores school as the heartbeat of the community and includes K-8 classrooms, Concordia’s College of Education, advanced STEAM spaces, an early childhood center, school-based health clinic, grocery store, food pantry, community kitchen, and more. It is housed in a new 133,000-square-foot, $48 million educational facility that opened in fall 2017. For more information visit www.3toPhD.org and on social media @3toPhDpdx.




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