What We Do

We work to ensure everyone in the U.S. can learn, grow, and get ahead, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or family income.

Our current education and economic systems don’t work well for everyone, particularly students of color, first-generation students, and students experiencing poverty. We work with local leaders who have local knowledge and experience and share our belief that our education and economic systems need to work better for all.

We also engage with state and national policymakers and advocates to help inform their decisions that affect states and communities. We invest in research, technology, and tools to provide reliable information about what works and what doesn’t. We believe that, taken together, these efforts can truly transform schools, systems, and society to create life-changing opportunities for learning, growth, and prosperity.

U.S. Program Strategies

Improving education and social and economic mobility are national challenges with local complexities. We know there are no “silver bullet” solutions. This is some of the hardest work we do at the foundation.  

K-12 Education

Our goal is to significantly increase the number of Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty who earn a diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to obtain a credential with labor-market value.

We focus our grantmaking on supporting schools in their work to improve student outcomes by partnering with middle and high schools and identifying new approaches that are effective and that can take root in other schools.

K-12 Education Focus Areas

Networks for School Improvement
Investing in networks of schools to solve common problems schools face using evidence-based interventions and data-driven continuous learning.
Coherent Instructional Systems
Increasing the availability, adoption and implementation of high-quality, aligned curriculum choices in English, math, and science. 
Middle Years Math
Investing in bold ideas and practices seeking to significantly improve the trajectory of middle school student learning outcomes in mathematics through long-term innovation, research and development.
Catalyzing Innovation
Advancing research and development in education technology and learning science to accelerate progress for Black and Latino students, and students experiencing poverty.
Social and Emotional Learning
Building the evidence base for social and emotional learning, and translating research into best practices.
Educator Preparation
Supporting organizations and programs to prepare new, effective teachers and school leaders to better serve Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty.
Supporting Students with Disabilities in High-Quality Charter Schools
Expanding the number of high-quality charter schools with a particular focus on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

Postsecondary Success

We support colleges and universities committed to transformation—making significant and lasting change to dramatically improve student outcomes and eliminate race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of student success. For us, transformation includes having a student-centered mission, setting goals and being accountable for them, using data to make decisions, creating a collaborative environment, and making a commitment to continuous improvement.  

Postsecondary Success Focus Areas

Economic Mobility and Opportunity

Our U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy seeks to ensure that there are more public, private, philanthropic, and academic actors working together over the next decade to dramatically increase economic mobility and opportunity. We are committed to partnership, innovation, research, and programmatic investments that will help more Americans climb the economic ladder and lead fulfilling, dignified lives.


Our support of postsecondary pathways focuses on improving equitable access to higher education—specifically on increasing the number of high schools that provide access to effective postsecondary advising, prepare students for credit-bearing courses in college, and address opportunity gaps among Black and Latino students and students from low-income backgrounds.

Our Work in North America 

The North America team focuses on securing funding and improving the effectiveness of policy and advocacy efforts in the United States and Canada to reduce inequity and ensure that all lives have equal value.