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

     
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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

Our Vision for a Next-Generation School Accountability System

When Mike Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute declared an “accountability design competition” on January 5, 2016, with a submission deadline of January 26 and a 2,000 word count limit, we jumped right in. The competition asked for submissions to design indicators, metrics and school ratings for an elementary school within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) framework of...
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Featured Story: Syracuse Opportunity Culture

I realized how lucky I was on my first day as a classroom teacher. Walking into I.S. 162, a large comprehensive middle school in the...
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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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Fewer and Better Local Assessments: A Toolkit for Educators

It’s time for a more strategic approach to assessment. Schools, school districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) need to take a fresh look at what...
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