Our goal: Improve teacher engagement and instructional practice across K-9 so that all children have access to educators who empower them to reach their full potential.

We know teachers are the most impactful in-school factor driving student outcomes. Yet they often work in systems that lack the supports, training, or resources needed to help them unlock student academic achievement and foster a sense of belonging and engagement in their classrooms. As a result, too few students have consistent access to educators who can motivate learning and provide engaging and rigorous instruction to close academic gaps.

Our Exceptional Educators portfolio seeks to improve the teacher experience by funding direct impact and ecosystem grantees that support K-9 educators with high-quality professional learning and aligned instructional materials; effective coaching based on research-backed pedagogy; flexible, team-oriented strategic staffing models shown to improve teacher efficacy and student outcomes; and close partnerships with families and school leaders in support of student success.

Our Learnings

Teachers are the biggest within-school factor impacting student achievement, but they face mounting pressures.

Staffing shortages negatively impact both students and teachers.

High-quality instructional materials, and educators’ ability to use them, remain critically important to student achievement.

In the right roles and in supportive environments, teachers can achieve extraordinary results.

Technology and virtual delivery options continue to be valuable for educators, students, and families.

Grantee Spotlight

Learn more about some of the work funded by the Exceptional Educators portfolio.


Expanding educator access to high-quality instructional materials.

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Four educators talking together in a classroom

Leading Educators

Partnering with system and school leaders to make professional learning more actionable and relevant.

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Teacher works with student at desk

Next Education Workforce

Reimagining the teaching profession to increase educator satisfaction and retention.

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A teacher works with students. Image provided by Public Impact's Opportunity Culture.

Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture

Scaling an innovative professional learning and staffing model across America’s public schools.

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Teaching Lab

Empowering teachers to drive their own high-impact professional learning.

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Our Approach

Improve Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials

Ensure teachers have access to curriculum-based professional learning aligned to high-quality instructional materials, assessments, and research-backed pedagogy.

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Enhance Teacher Feedback Opportunities

Expand access to coaching that provides high-quality, timely feedback to teachers based on research-backed pedagogy and the science of learning, including through school leader support and/or by leveraging technology/AI.

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Amplify Strategic Staffing Models

Scale flexible, collaborative strategic staffing models that provide teachers with increased growth opportunities, extend the impact of effective teachers, and/or leverage technology to rethink expectations for teachers’ time.

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Build Connections With Families

Deepen meaningful partnerships between educators and families in support of student engagement and success.

Teachers applaud in a professional learning session. Image provided by Relay Graduate School of Education.
Teacher gives students a high five as they wait for their bus. Image provided by Public Impact's Opportunity Culture.
Teacher speaks to her classroom. Image provided by EdTrust.

Our Questions

What are the most effective ways to measure the impact of professional learning and coaching on students’ and teachers’ experiences, and how do these experiences affect academic performance?

Which implementation conditions are most strongly associated with the efficacy of professional learning and coaching interventions?

What are the biggest facilitators and barriers to implementing and scaling strategic staffing models, and which conditions are most strongly associated with high-quality implementation?

Which features of family engagement approaches are most strongly associated with successfully engaging families as partners in kindergarten through ninth grade?

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