Education

Goals

The Trust's Education Program aspires to advance American economic competitiveness as well as individual social mobility. To that end, the Education Program supports K-12 and higher education initiatives to help ensure that all students, including those who are economically disadvantaged, have access to a quality education and the opportunity to attain a meaningful postsecondary credential. The desired impact is a nationally diverse cross section of students successfully graduating high school and completing college or postsecondary certificates ready for globally competitive careers. 

Strategies

The K-12 System

The Trust envisions a K-12 public education system in which all students have the opportunity to graduate from high school academically prepared for college or living wage careers. To that end, it supports the adoption and implementation of policies aligned with college- and career-ready academic standards, and the development and dissemination of the resources, training and exemplary instructional practices that educators need in order to bring the standards to life in classrooms. 

Higher Education

In higher education, the goal of the Trust’s grantmaking is to increase the number of college graduates in STEM fields. The program focuses on supporting networks of institutions committed to improving instructional practices, primarily for gateway courses, and incentivizing the adoption of model policies, practices and systems that improve student retention and completion, particularly for underrepresented students.