Education: Innovative Learning Environments - Gates Family Foundation
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We support creative learning solutions that empower those closest to students — teachers, schools leaders, parents, and community partners — to take lead roles in advancing student success and academic outcomes.

Our grants and resources in this focus area may support:

  • New learning models and autonomous schools – including charters and innovation schools – with a very high bar for results
  • Informal out-of-system learning environments (such as micro-schools or learning pods)
  • Organizations and individuals that want to pilot new ideas during the summer and out-of-school time
  • Initiatives outside of Denver (since Gates is a major contribution to Denver is through RootED)

Community feedback channels voices of families to guide our investments in education

In Colorado, there is a significant resource gap between rural and urban school districts. The Gates education team asked our stakeholders to share their candid feedback to help us formulate strategies, investments, and our own behaviors to best support solutions aimed at dismantling these disparities and gaps.

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Mary Seawell

Senior Vice President – Education

Ana Soler

Senior Program Officer - Education