Student success demands a holistic look at the many factors influencing a student’s education.

We believe excellent instruction is critically important to ensuring all students, and particularly students of color from low-income backgrounds, reach their full potential. We also know that many other facets within a school environment have a significant impact on a student’s education—from how empowered teachers are in the classroom to how equitably schools and school systems are run.

Today, many school systems struggle to identify and address structural inequities. School and system leaders lack the tools to evaluate their policies comprehensively through a lens of racial equity and through the constraints of leadership that often result in barriers between district leaders and the communities they serve.

The environment of our schools and classrooms has a significant impact on the quality of education that students receive.

That is why we help school leaders ensure schools are welcoming, supportive places for students to learn. Key to this work is investing in efforts led by educators of color to design equitable and affirming school environments that support effective instruction and both teacher and student learning.

Through this work, we aim to help schools develop approaches to meet the unique needs of their student populations and to transform schools into spaces where all students are accepted, valued and can reach their full academic potential.

Our Approach

Creating Place-Based Partnerships

We invest in states, districts, and traditional and public charter school systems building their capacity to shape and support empowering educational environments.

Fostering Equitable School Environments

Through our Equity By Design framework, we help school and systems leaders design equitable school policies and systems, attract and retain diverse staff, and remove barriers to high-quality education for students of color. 

Supporting School and System Leaders

We fund culturally relevant and research-based professional development for school, district and systems leaders working to implement more equitable policies and practices. 

Investing in Organizations Led by People of Color

We support Black and Latino leaders making an impact in the education field by assisting first-generation college students through college and into their professions.

Featured Grantees

We are proud to support a range of outstanding organizations and initiatives working to build equitable schools and classrooms. Get to know more grantees in our Education portfolio.

Organizing Black Families

Village of Wisdom works with families to advocate for greater equity in public education.

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Nurturing Leaders of Color

Surge works to ensure more diverse community voices are included in education policymaking.

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Driving Long-Term Change

The Aspen Institute works with policymakers and systems leaders to increase equity and sustainability in education.

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Education Insights

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