• 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

Leading with Partnership and Compassion: An interview with LA County Office of Education Superintendent Dr. Debra Duardo (Part 2)

Across the country, education systems leaders are in the middle of an unusually complex summer. Between ongoing pandemic response and the recent groundswell of interest and attention on issues of racial justice, they are dealing with monumental challenges ranging from housing, to food, to safety and to wellbeing. We sat down with Dr. Debra Duardo, Superintendent of the Los Angeles...
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