The right policies make a big difference for students.

The challenges we seek to address are inextricably tied to this nation’s racial and economic equity challenges and disproportionately impact Black and Latino students from low-income backgrounds and their families.

Policy choices at the federal, state and local level define the environment in which education takes place and dictate everything from funding to curriculum to career pathways for teachers and educators. Harmful policies adversely impact educators and school leaders and also limit student potential and performance.

Smart policy choices can make all the difference in ensuring students, particularly those historically underserved by our education system, receive an affirming and high-quality classroom experience.

We invest in advocacy, research and strategic communications initiatives that aim to strengthen policies that can help foster high-quality teaching, professional development and equitable school practices. Our support focuses on elevating the influence of educators in policy decisions by amplifying their perspectives on the needs and challenges their students face. By lifting up the experiences and expertise of our educators, we can ensure their voices are heard wherever policy decisions are made.

Through this work, we aim to shape a policy environment that builds greater demand among legislators, educators and parents for equitable policies and practices that have a meaningful impact on student outcomes.

Our Approach

Amplifying Teacher Voices

We fund organizations that advocate for policies grounded in the school experience and that ensure students receive a high-quality, culturally relevant education that enables them to succeed on their chosen path. 

Telling Stories of Excellent Education In Action

We invest in content creators sharing stories showing how every child holds unending potential and the job of the educator is to unlock and nurture it—especially in historically marginalized communities where student brilliance has been denied.

Funding Impactful Research

We support efforts to evaluate what factors are most effective in providing an excellent education to Black and Latino students from low-income communities, such as professional learning, teacher preparation and high-quality instructional materials.

Featured Grantees

We are proud to support a range of outstanding organizations and initiatives working to secure smart education policies. Get to know more grantees in our Education portfolio.

Empowering Teacher Leaders

Teach Plus elevates the voices of teachers and classroom experts in education policymaking.

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Reporting on U.S. Education

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news source covering public education across the country.

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Understanding Power and Agency

Energy Converters elevates student voice and experience in informing education policy.

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Supporting and Engaging Families

National Parents Union is led by grassroots activists to channel parent-power in public education.

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