Helping all children reach their full potential.

Helping all children reach their full potential.

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Education

Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and we strive to support children through their entire education journey. We complement the Gates Foundation’s national K-12 and postsecondary strategies by focusing deeply on in-school and out-of-school supports that advance a child’s academic success, from pre-K through college. Our partnerships center on early math and social-emotional learning, with an emphasis on reducing inequity and expanding opportunities for students of color, students living in poverty, and all students in Washington.

Student success depends not only on access to great schools and great teaching—whether at traditional public schools or charter public schools—but also on the state and local policies that enable a stronger learning environment, stable housing and trauma-sensitive approaches, after-school and summer opportunities, and the involvement of parents and community organizations.

A great education system benefits all students, and to encourage a more equitable system, we focus attention and resources where they are needed most—with Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, immigrant, first-generation, and low-income students. Across all our grantmaking and partnerships, we are taking steps to integrate racial equity principles and practices into our operations, strategy development, and investment approaches.

Kindergarten Through College

We are building equitable partnerships between families, schools, and communities to support all students in Washington State. This includes:

  • Understanding the cultural context of each school
  • More confident instruction early in math
  • Tools for social-emotional learning and trauma-sensitive approaches
  • Stable housing for students and families
  • Afterschool and summer opportunities
  • Bringing together parents, teachers, principals, and community organizations to share the knowledge and habits that reinforce education wherever children live, learn, and play

The Road Map Project

Many of our investments are focused on a collective effort in South Seattle and South King County. This “Road Map Region” is home to seven school districts educating over 127,000 students—and over half of those students are living in poverty. The region is one of the most diverse in the nation, with over 180 different languages spoken.

Our investments in the Road Map Project started in 2010 with a simple idea: no single program, organization, or institution can bring about large-scale social change on their own. To get better results for students, we invest in partners who are coordinating activities across the many organizations that serve children, engaging parents and communities to support all students, using data to encourage continuous improvement, and building a better system from cradle to college. We believe that this is a place where our investments can make a big difference for the students who need it most.

Statewide Policies

Student success depends not only on great schools and strong communities, but also on state and local policies. To ensure the effectiveness of our investments, we support policies that enable a stronger learning environment from pre-K through college, including full funding, accountability, high standards, assessments, better data, public charter school options, and improved financial aid.