Education: Conditions for Sustained Innovation - Gates Family Foundation


Diverse coalitions are best positioned to design, sustain, and advocate for innovative educational models that respond to student and community needs. We support grassroots and grasstops efforts that push the education system to be more iterative, transparent, and responsive to the needs of students.

Our grants and resources in this focus area may support:

  • Efforts to diversify, attract, place, and retain talented educators — particularly in rural areas
  • Advocacy and media efforts that elevate student voice and/or advance Gates priorities
  • Developing collaborative, pooled funds with other stakeholders — especially to support innovation
  • Helping to launch new organizations (such as RootEd and Lyra) to address unmet challenges in education

'We Are One Community': Gates Releases Case Study on Charter-District Compact in the Roaring Fork Valley

Relationships between district and charter school leaders are often fraught and framed as a competition for scarce resources. But when educators view themselves as...

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Mary Seawell

Senior Vice President – Education

Ana Soler

Senior Program Officer - Education