We aim to dramatically increase the number of students, especially students from low-income communities, who graduate high school prepared for college and the workplace.
We know that students achieve when teachers and school leaders are well prepared and supported. With effective and thoughtful instruction, all students have the opportunity to develop into professionals, responsible citizens and community leaders. We focus our investments on high-quality, scaling efforts to support excellent teaching and school leadership in order to give every student the best possible chance to succeed in school and life.
We work with a range of partners to provide teachers with the professional development, outstanding training and quality instructional resources they need to create classrooms that are places of rigor, excellence and joy.
We also believe that smart, responsible education standards—including Common Core and other College and Career Ready Standards—ensure students are prepared for a lifetime of achievement. Because of this, we help to ensure teachers receive the preparation and ongoing support they need to incorporate these standards in their classrooms and practice.
In pursuit of our mission, we are proud to bring teachers and practitioners to the table, and to lend our own voice in helping to strengthen education policy in America.
We deploy a number of strategies to achieve our goals.
- Grantmaking: We help teachers and school leaders build their skills, achieve new expertise and gain access to resources their students need to become college and career ready.
- Communities of Practice: We convene organizations to learn from one another and leverage each other’s expertise and insights to solve shared challenges.
- Advocacy and Research: We support organizations that advocate for better education policies at the local, state and federal level and elevate the influence of teachers. We invest in research to build the knowledge base in the field about professional learning, teacher preparation and the use of quality instructional materials.
All grants are made to organizations and initiatives identified by the Foundation. We do not accept unsolicited grant requests.