To ensure that schools are set up for success and that teachers and leaders have what they need to help their students excel, we focus on seven priorities:
Networks for School Improvement
We invest in partnerships between networks of schools and school support organizations that work together to solve common problems by using evidence-based interventions that best fit their needs. These networks also use continuous learning approaches that are driven by data—where schools use data to identify a problem, select a strategy to address the problem, set a target for improvement, and iterate to make the approach more effective and improve student achievement.
The need to train new, effective teachers and leaders is particularly pronounced in communities and schools that serve black, Latino, and low-income students. We support organizations and programs that prepare teachers and school leaders to better serve low-income students and students of color.
High-Quality Charter Schools
We want to expand the number of high-quality public charter schools, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for students with disabilities, including special needs students. We identify the most effective approaches to help greater numbers of students with disabilities achieve their educational goals, and we hope to see these approaches shared with other charter schools and beyond.
We work with partners in the field so that middle and high school teachers have access to high-quality, aligned curriculum choices in English, math, and science. Our investments focus on improving students’ high school to postsecondary math readiness through the development of new high school math curriculum and the development and implementation of a middle school science curriculum.
Social Emotional Learning
We invest in building the evidence base for social and emotional learning and in expanding the field’s knowledge of adolescent development. We translate these research findings into tools and best practices, and help spread that knowledge and those practices.
We support efforts to help more students make a successful transition from high school to postsecondary education and career-training programs. Our goal is to expand the evidence base and validate exemplars of interventions that support students to access, enroll in, and transition to postsecondary programs.
Big Bets in Innovation
We advance research and development in education technology and learning science to accelerate progress for underserved students. We are also interested in solutions that dramatically increase the number of black, Latino, and low-income high school students who have access to technology and engineering coursework, as well as credential-based pathways that give them access to good jobs.