Our goal: Ensure that children in K-9 have access to personalized solutions that improve both academic and social-emotional skills.

Too many children enter high school below grade-level, and too few experience the acceleration they need to get back on track. With nearly half of the nation's school districts starting the 2020-2021 school year with remote or hybrid learning, the factors that hinder academic and social-emotional success are only intensified.

Our Innovative Schools portfolio supports direct impact and ecosystem grantees that leverage technology to create and support student-centered, evidence-based K-9 learning solutions that engage, challenge, and improve both academic and social-emotional skills.

Our Learnings

Learning gaps have widened due to school closures.

Given widening gaps in academic performance, it is harder than ever for teachers to reach and serve all their students.

The learning environment plays a crucial role in student success.

Acknowledging student variability can accelerate academic mastery.

Social-emotional learning correlates to improved academic achievement.

Grantee Spotlight

Learn more about some of the work funded by the Innovative Schools portfolio.

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Saga Education

Making high dosage math tutoring both impactful and cost-effective.

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Scaling an evidence-based math program to elementary schools across the country.

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ST Math

Bringing a new way of looking at math from the classroom to the home.

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Scaling virtual tutoring to close learning gaps.

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Our Approach

Improve Tech-Enabled Literacy and Math Tools

Invest in developing and scaling high-quality tech-enabled literacy and math tools, including core and supplemental curricula.

Our Approach

Expand Targeted Educational Recovery

Scale access to targeted educational recovery programs, especially tutoring.

Our Approach

Increase Evidence-Based Decision Making

Improve evidence-based decision making in edtech purchasing and innovation through ongoing validation, field building, and knowledge generation.

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Our Questions

Are tech-enabled solutions in hybrid settings as effective as in-classroom when it comes to impacting student outcomes?

How does teachers’ usage of tech-enabled solutions affect student learning outcomes?

Which resources most effectively increase parent engagement with their children’s tech-based curricula, specifically for low-income families?

How can we lower the cost of tutoring without losing its effectiveness on student outcomes?

In addition to tutoring, what other targeted educational recovery interventions are effective and scalable?

How can we increase the role that evidence plays in district decision making and purchasing of edtech programs and solutions?

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