Core values / mission
Our mission is to provide leadership in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved students to drive college and career success by focusing on system transformation and student academic success.
We are changing lives and changing schools.
Theory of Action
We seek to dramatically improve student achievement at scale by fundamentally transforming state and local education systems, structures, and policies. Our work with schools and districts is grounded in our Theory of Action, a set of deeply held, organization-wide values and commitments about school improvement based on our more than 20-year history of working with school leaders and educators. Schools will dramatically improve and student learning will increase when schools have:
Conditions: Sufficient school-level control over people, time, money, and program to address the root causes of low performance.
Partnerships: Partnerships that help the school meet the multiple needs of teachers and students.
Leadership: A principal who can manage and communicate complexity while maintaining focus on the school’s vision and key priorities.
Planning: Evidence-based, actionable improvement plans that address the root causes of low performance informed by a review of existing conditions and input from school, district, and community stakeholders.
Performance Management: Consistent processes for using data to measure both implementation and outcomes to determine what's working and inform efforts to improve.
Collective Responsibility: The school faculty and staff ensure there is collective responsibility for both the quality of instruction and student learning and success.
Focus on Instruction: Processes and supports that help teachers work together to constantly improve and refine standards-based instructional practice so that students can engage in deep learning tasks.