Education: School System Innovation - Gates Family Foundation


We support transformational efforts to re-imagine our public school systems to better serve a new generation of learners who are ready to meet local and global challenges. We also support the dissemination of learning across systems and geographies to share best practices and promote smart risk-taking.

Our grants and resources in this focus area may support:

  • Multi-school district partnerships with institutes of higher education around climate change education and/or college and career pathways (in conjunction with Lyra Colorado)
  • New governance and system models that support school-level and educator autonomy and academic accountability
  • Other innovative initiatives with rural school districts

'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