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

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

     
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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

Scaling High-Quality Teacher Residencies

Authors: Sarah Beal (US PREP), Odette Clarke (New York City Coalition for Teacher Preparation), Cassandra Herring (BranchED), Chris Lozier (NCTR), Robby McGowen (IC4EP), and Calvin Stocker (US PREP) To improve educational outcomes for Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty, we know we need outstanding teachers in every classroom. And high-quality teacher preparation is critical to ensuring new educators...
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