• Education First.

    Our children’s futures depend on us following through to identify smart solutions to public education’s toughest challenges.

  • Experience First.

    Our team brings deep, practical expertise earned through on-the-ground experience as former teachers, district and state leaders, policy advisors and foundation staff.

  • Quality First.

    We understand the complexity of education in the United States—from the classroom to national policy—and know how to navigate it.

  • Results First.

    We deliver results: better policies, better implementation, better grantmaking and broader understanding.



We live in a fast-moving world driven by knowledge, innovation and creativity. Our nation’s schools are adapting to these changes—but much remains to be done. We need a culture change in public education to transform the way we teach, lead and learn.

Education First can help. We are a mission-driven strategy and policy organization with unique and deep expertise in education improvement. We partner with practitioners, policymakers, funders and advocates to design and accelerate policies and plans that help all young people— particularly students in poverty and students of color—succeed in college, careers and life.

From Our Blog

Race to the Top: Following Through on What We Started

With the Obama administration’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, officially concluded, states and districts should resist the temptation to try new reforms and should focus on improving implementation of the initiatives adopted to increase student success and close achievement gaps. We need to get better at following through on what we begin, rather than constantly shifting to new...
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Helpful Resources

Featured Story: Syracuse Opportunity Culture

Education First and Public Impact are supporting a mid-sized urban district with a school turnaround model that puts excellent teaching and new teacher career pathways at the center of school redesign.

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Blog: GSD: Getting Stuff Done

At Education First, we hold ourselves to very high standards for delivering high-quality and practical advice and materials for leading P20 education organizations and systems....
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Following Through On What We’ve Started: Now that Race to the Top is Over, What’s Next for States?

Race to the Top directed billions of dollars to states in order to put in place college and career ready standards, educator evaluations, data systems...
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What Does a High-Quality Assessment Look Like?

As states transition to new college- and career-ready standards, leaders need to be sure that the assessments they choose not only reflect those standards, but...
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