Nellie Mae Education Foundation Sponsors The REAL Ride

(Boston, MA) February 21, 2017.
The REAL Ride is proud to announce the Nellie Mae Education Foundation as a major sponsor. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that “all New England students — especially and essentially underserved learners — obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to become civically engaged, economically self-sufficient life-long learners.”

Sponsoring the REAL Ride perfectly complements the Foundation’s mission. The REAL Ride aims to raise attention and funding for the work of Boston Day and Evening Academy, and peer schools across the country, in re-engaging off-track high school students with an innovative, student-centered educational model.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Nellie Mae,” says Cris Rothfuss, REAL Ride founder. “It’s a terrific match. We couldn’t agree more with the vision that ‘when every student is achieving at high levels, the rising tide will lift all of us toward a more equitable and prosperous future.’”

About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation:

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: building educator ownership, understanding and capacity; advancing quality and rigor of SCL practices; developing effective systems designs; and building public understanding and demand. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $210 million in grants. For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visit

About the REAL Ride:

The REAL Ride is a 5,000 mile, 3 month, coast-to-coast mixed terrain cycling event to raise awareness and funding for alternative educational approaches for off-track, at-risk high school students. The five-person REAL Ride team will depart Seattle on August 1, 2017, and arrive in Boston in late October, stopping along the way in Denver, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia to help strengthen the connection among similar programs and student populations. The REAL Ride’s primary beneficiary is Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.

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