What We Do

All students should have access to public education that offers meaningful learning and the resources they need to succeed.

A network with a deep commitment to public education

Public education is the most effective and equitable way to prepare generations of youth to live well, contribute to community life, and become capable and caring citizens who participate in our evolving democracy and economy.

Right now, the reality we face contradicts our deeply held belief that meaningful learning should be available to us all. As a nation, we are reckoning with how public education has not served all students equitably throughout our history. Any remodeled system needs to unpack historical racial injustice in order to determine what needs to be different in a racially just system while also making meaningful learning possible, based on the science of learning and child development.

The future of learning is at stake as the intentional and prolonged weakening of public institutions has become a major threat to the health of our democracy. Moving together with urgency is the right, necessary, and most important thing we can do in this moment.

We are a diverse network of individuals and organizations with a deep commitment to an equitable, high-quality, public education system. Learn more about who we are.

The Partnership promotes policies to strengthen that system and call attention to schools that have made learning meaningful, relevant, and available for every student.

  • We are developing tools and strategies to advance our Shared Policy Framework to shift policy by engaging the field both locally and nationally.
  • We are changing the narrative through shared stories that center the value of public education. Go to the Media Gallery to watch and share.
  • We are identifying shared system principles and capacities needed at local and state levels to design better ways to remodel public education systems on the ground.
  • We are lifting up powerful places as exemplars the change we want to see in three leading states: California, Georgia, and New Hampshire.

Our work is based on values of:

  • Deeper learning that cultivates academic competence, thinking skills, and commitment to learning and that readies young people for responsible adulthood;
  • Student-centered approaches to learning that enable educators and learners to work together through deeper, personalized, experiential learning;
  • Resources, conditions, opportunities, and measures of accomplishment that ensure equitable and inclusive education for all of the nation’s diverse young people;
  • Schools that reflect and reinforce the centrality of public education to a healthy and vibrant democracy and promote the practice of democratic skills; and
  • Systems in which knowledgeable professionals work together with parents, local community members, and policymakers with trust, respect, and shared responsibility to create and sustain schools as collaborative learning environments.