We strive to impact student learning by helping to provide teachers and school leaders with high-quality training, outstanding instructional resources and more effective preparation. We invite you to explore our focus areas below.
Our teacher preparation portfolio seeks to create compelling evidence of how to better prepare teachers. We foster a diverse set of “proof points” in high quality, practice-based preparation – programs that represent traditional schools of education as well as alternative providers, and serve undergraduates as well as graduate students. We emphasize programs whose student population is significantly comprised of African American and Hispanic individuals. By simultaneously investing in research, we aim to create a clearer understanding of the essential components of those programs.
Our professional learning portfolio aims to prove that coaching, mentoring, teacher leadership and other professional learning can help teachers improve their instructional practice and enable all students to reach rigorous college and career ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards. We fund professional learning organizations to deliver high-quality programming for teachers and instructional leaders at scale while simultaneously building the capacity of schools and school systems to develop and grow their teachers and leaders. Through this work and targeted research, we seek to build the field’s knowledge about the specific activities, supports and conditions that improve teaching.
Our investments in instructional materials and assessments aim to provide teachers with the instructional tools needed to support effective teaching of college and career ready standards, and to ensure that teachers can easily access these resources. We invest in both the development and the distribution of quality coherent instructional materials and we support efforts to build the demand for materials aligned to college and career ready standards. We pay particular attention to ensuring that instructional materials are designed to support English learners and students who are performing below grade level. To maximize the effect of these great curricular materials, we seek opportunities to embed them in quality professional learning for teachers and school leaders.
In addition to our work to support excellent instruction, we fund a limited number of other grantees. Most of these fall into the categories of charter schools (which we often fund via intermediaries), organizations that build parent and teacher voice, and organizations that cultivate rising leaders—especially diverse leadership—across the education reform sector.