Grantmaking Guidelines in Education

The Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is squarely focused on strengthening the human capital in urban schools by addressing the effectiveness of teachers, the leadership skills of principals, and the managerial and analytic talent needed at multiple levels of the school system. Studies have consistently shown that the primary predictor of students’ educational attainment is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. Principal leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors contributing to student success. However, in many instances, urban school districts do not have the talent in sufficient numbers to create great schools that prepare students for life in the 21st century.

To that end, the Foundation has identified the following as levers for change: recruitment, preparation, induction and retention of teachers and principals; the creation of meaningful career pathways for teachers; professional development that is sustained over time and maintains a focus on evidence of student learning; and the managerial talent that supports teachers and principals.

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.