Our goal: Increase the concentration of expert educators in K-9 so that more children have access to educators who empower them to reach their full potential.

Too many students will not experience the needed concentration of expert teachers who are able to provide the rigorous, on grade-level instruction needed to help close academic gaps.

We know teachers are the most important school factor driving student outcomes. Yet they often work in systems that lack the resources needed to help them unlock student success and potential. Our Exceptional Educators portfolio funds direct impact and ecosystem grantees that empower K-9 teachers by increasing their access to strong school leadership and ongoing professional learning that is aligned to high-quality instructional materials and shown to improve teacher practice and student outcomes.

Our Learnings

Teachers are the biggest within-school factor impacting student achievement.

Professional learning is an effective way to improve teacher performance, especially when it includes a focus on leadership-enabled collaborative learning and high-quality instructional material.

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

Teacher social capital, more than teacher experience, predicts student achievement gains.

Demand for professional learning remains high during the pandemic.

High-quality instructional materials remain critically important to student achievement, and provided important support in the rapid transition to online learning.

School leadership is a necessary condition for effective instruction.

Grantee Spotlight

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

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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Alder Graduate School of Education

Expanding the teacher pipeline and increasing teacher effectiveness through residency models.

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Expanding the evidence base of high-quality instructional materials.

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Our Approach

Support School Leadership

Support school leaders who improve school culture, develop their educator staff, and set and uphold an instructional vision that uses high-quality instructional materials.

Our Approach

Improve Professional Learning

Scale the use of high-quality, sustainable, and cost-effective in-service professional learning that aligns to high-quality instructional materials.

Our Approach

Strengthen Evidence

Build an evidence base through ongoing validation, field building, and knowledge generation that increases policies and practices that enable more effective school leadership and teacher professional learning. 

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 impactful school leadership practices for school culture, teacher practice, and student learning?

What are the most influential factors in the effectiveness of professional learning?

How important are high-quality instructional materials for students in a hybrid learning model?

What are the most effective innovative staffing practices and how do they impact student outcomes?

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