All Current Investments
The Broad Foundation supports the New York City expansion of Achievement First, which aims to deliver high-quality education for low-income and minority students utilizing replicable methods.
ALLIANCE FOR COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools in their efforts to build a number of high-performing public charter high schools serving thousands of students in Los Angeles over the next few years.
The Broad Foundation supports AmericaWorks, an effort to build political will to reform the American retirement system. AmericaWorks aims to bring together key leaders from across the political spectrum to agree on a new approach to public and private sector retirement.
ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports Aspire Public Schools' plans to expand its network of public charter schools in the Los Angeles area.
THE BROAD CENTER FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF SCHOOL SYSTEMS
The mission of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems is to raise student achievement by recruiting, training and supporting leadership talent from across America to transform urban public school systems. These individuals are passionate about public education and have deep experience ensuring that organizations run successfully--helping them create the conditions that will enable students and educators to succeed.
The Broad Center operates two leadership development programs: The Broad Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education.
THE BROAD PRIZE
The Broad Prize is an annual award to honor large school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in the finalist and winning districts who demonstrate a record of academic improvement during their high school careers and who have a financial need.
CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION AND THE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
The Broad Foundation supports the California Charter School Association (CCSA) Legal Defense Fund to ensure that California’s largest school districts comply with providing Proposition 39 facilities to public charter schools.
CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
The Broad Foundation supports the education program of the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and actions. With the foundation's support, the Center for American Progress is producing papers and policy briefs on topics ranging from expanded learning time, differential pay for principals and teachers, comparability in Title I funding, and common education standards.
CHARTER SCHOOL GROWTH FUND
The Broad Foundation supports the Charter School Growth Fund’s (CSGF) loan pool, which provides facility financing to charter schools. Loans through CSGF are provided at better rates and with faster turnarounds than charters can find on their own. The facilities fund is expected to provide millions of dollars in facilities financing to ventures through the refinancing of loans and the recycling of capital to new lenders over the fund’s 10-year lifetime. CSGF estimates that this fund will create tens of thousands of seats for charter management organizations across the country.
CITY YEAR LOS ANGELES
The Broad Foundation supports City Year Los Angeles, whose corps members partner with underperforming elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where they serve as full-time tutors, mentors, role models and leaders of after-school programs.
The Broad Foundation supports Education Pioneers, which recruits, trains and places top graduate students from leading business, law and public policy programs in summer positions in urban school districts, educational nonprofits and charter management organizations across the country. The foundation also supports Education Pioneers' Analysts Fellowship in Education Program, which recruits, trains and supports private sector professionals with post-graduate experience to provide much-needed analytic and project management skills to schools and nonprofits during a 10-month fellowship.
EDUCATION REFORM NOW!
The Broad Foundation supports Education Reform Now!'s (ERN) national and state education and advocacy efforts, including building a strong network of reformers to transform our nation’s public schools. ERN also educates policymakers about the changes needed to dramatically improve our public school systems, including allowing parents the freedom to choose an education that is best for their children.
EXCELLENT EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT
Excellent Education Development (ExED) provides below market-rate loans to charter school operators through a combination of New Market Tax Credits from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and grant funds. With The Broad Foundation’s support, five charter schools receive subsidies to be used toward debt service on their facilities.
FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
The Broad Foundation supports The Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), launched by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to work with governors and state legislators in advancing education reforms at the state and national levels. FEE works to present a strong, coordinated, reform-focused voice on federal education matters, specifically Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, as well as to identify and mentor the next generation of education reform leaders.
FOUNDATION FOR NEWARK'S FUTURE
The Broad Foundation supports Newark Public Schools via the Foundation for Newark’s Future. The support provides for a diagnostic assessment of the district during its leadership transition.
GREEN DOT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization operating public charter high schools in the Los Angeles area. The Broad Foundation's support aids in Green Dot's Los Angeles expansion and in the launch of Green Dot’s newest school in New York, in partnership with the United Federation of Teachers.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY EDUCATION INNOVATION LABORATORY
The Broad Foundation supports the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University (“EdLabs”). A groundbreaking effort led by Harvard University professor Roland Fryer, EdLabs brings more rigorous research and development to the education sector. The goal of this work is to understand underlying causes of achievement gaps, identify targeted high-impact reproducible reform interventions, and then to facilitate the spread of these initiatives.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: ED.L.D. PROGRAM
The Broad Foundation supports the inaugural cohort of Harvard University’s School of Education Ed.L.D. Program, a tuition-free, practice-based doctoral program that integrates education, business and public policy. This program prepares its graduates for senior leadership positions in public education.
THE JAMES B. HUNT INSTITUTE
The Broad Foundation supports the Hunt Institute’s annual Governors Education Symposium. The Hunt Institute has established itself as a leading education policy organization serving governors from both political parties. At each annual symposium, the Hunt Institute aims to identify key education issues, to share research and to present the best expertise available in the education arena, with the goal of empowering policy makers to take a role in the education reform movement.
The Broad Foundation supports the growth in Los Angeles and New Orleans of KIPP public charter schools, universally recognized for their high-quality, rigorous curriculum and for providing an excellent education to underserved students. The foundation also supports the KIPP Foundation’s Fisher Fellows program, one of the most highly competitive charter leadership programs in the country, which trains future leaders to open public charter schools in large urban districts.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
The Broad Foundation supports a scholarship program that encourages highly talented graduates of Detroit Public Schools to attend Michigan State University’s five-year teacher preparation program. Students who accept the scholarship commit to teach in Detroit Public Schools upon completion of the program.
NATIONAL CENTER ON TIME & LEARNING
The Broad Foundation supports the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL)'s efforts to expand learning time to help students meet the demands of the 21st century. Research strongly indicates a longer school day and year can help all students achieve at higher levels. Through its own research and policy advances, NCTL aims to close the achievement gap and help schools, districts and states provide a better education for all students.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON TEACHER QUALITY
The Broad Foundation supports the National Council on Teacher Quality in developing a report card on the quality of schools of education across the country. The report will be published in U.S. News and World Report.
THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
The Broad Foundation supports the National Governors Association (NGA), a bi-partisan membership organization. The foundation provides support for the NGA's education advisors meeting where governors and their senior staff are brought up to speed on education issues. The goal of this orientation is to raise awareness of the urgent need for education reform, build a greater understanding of state policy issues and share best practices.
NEW LEADERS FOR NEW SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS), an innovative organization working to attract, prepare and support outstanding principals for our nation’s urban public schools. NLNS combines an intensive summer training institute focused on management and instructional leadership strategies and a year-long, full-time medical style residency alongside an exemplary principal.
The Broad Foundation supports efforts by leading education organizations—New Schools for New Orleans, Teach For America, New Leaders for New Schools and KIPP—to transform public education in New Orleans. These organizations are working in partnership with Louisiana’s Recovery School District to recruit and train high-quality teachers and school leaders and to create new, innovative, high-quality public schools. The foundation also supported the Recovery School District’s efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve public education for students in New Orleans and across the state.
NEW SCHOOLS VENTURE FUND
The Broad Foundation supports the New Schools Venture Fund (NSVF), which invests in the incubation and development of high-quality nonprofit public charter school management organizations in Washington, D.C. and across the country. NSVF aims to accelerate the pace and quality of public charter school growth through the creation of accountable, sustainable schools that provide quality public education opportunities.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Broad Foundation supports initiatives by the New York City Department of Education and the Fund for Public Schools to transform public education in the city of New York. Initiatives like the school-wide performance bonus and student incentives are helping close the achievement gap.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - SCHOOL OF ONE
The Broad Foundation supports The New York City Department of Education’s “School of One” in its mission to break with K–12 education’s traditional teacher-student model by creating a dynamic, individualized learning environment for every student. Each student has a unique, personalized schedule comprised of a tailored mix of group sessions, lectures with live teachers, computer-assisted self-paced learning, and work with virtual tutors, all of which has been mapped out based on a combination of the student’s learning preferences and previous performance.
PACIFIC CHARTER SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT
The Broad Foundation supports Pacific Charter School Development (PSCD), which identifies, acquires and develops facilities that are leased to academically successful charter management organizations. The arrangement provides public charter schools with high-quality, low-cost facility options and reduces the risk to lenders, which in turn encourages facilities financing for more public charter schools.
PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with federal government agencies to improve their human capital systems and performance. With the support of The Broad Foundation, PPS is working with the U.S. Department of Education to train leaders to create a more transparent, innovative and results-oriented department.
POLICY INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION NETWORK
With the support of The Broad Foundation, the Policy Innovators in Education Network (PIENet) provides coordination and support for a number of aggressive statewide education advocacy organizations. By strengthening these organizations, PIENet helps policymakers implement reforms that aid in closing achievement gaps, creating urgency in low-performing districts, increasing teacher effectiveness and accountability, protecting high-performing charter management organizations and improving transparency for educational funding systems.
The Broad Foundation supports Public Agenda, which aims to strengthen the standards and accountability movement in education by guiding public understanding and commitment to improving failing schools. Public Agenda’s Bold Action on Failing Schools initiative gives leaders the support and skills needed to close or completely transform the worst 5 percent of schools.
Rocketship Education, a Silicon Valley-based charter management organization, is the nation's most successful example of school-level integration of technology. Using a hybrid education model, Rocketship’s goal is to reduce operating costs while working to eliminate the achievement gap for low-income and minority students. The Broad Foundation supports Rocketship's plan to expand by formalizing leadership development and building software to track student performance data.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION - CALIFORNIA COMMON CORE INITIATIVE COMMISSION
The Broad Foundation supports the Sacramento County Office of Education in its work to create California’s Common Core Initiative Commission. The objective of the Common Core Initiative is to ensure that every state has high, rigorous and internationally competitive content standards so that all students have the reading and math skills to be college and career ready by the end of high school. The Common Core Initiative also seeks student achievement results that are comparable across states.
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports Seattle Public Schools' creation of a district-wide performance management system, which provides parents, educators and central office staff with student performance data and operational information.
STAND UP FOR SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS
The Broad Foundation supports STAND UP for Sacramento Schools’ mission to increase academic achievement and accountability for the five school districts that serve the students of the City of Sacramento. STAND UP supports and develops excellent public schools by focusing on issues of data, human capital and expanded public school choice.
SUCCESS CHARTER NETWORK
The Broad Foundation supports the creation of Success Charter Network (SCN) schools. Based in New York City, SCN schools provide a rigorous curriculum, a longer school day and year, and the appropriate supports so that all students can succeed.
TEACH FOR AMERICA
The Broad Foundation supports Teach For America’s efforts to broaden and deepen its teaching corps and alumni program in large urban school districts across the country. Teach For America corps members teach in dozens of hard to staff schools all around the nation.
The Broad Foundation supports the start-up and scale-up of Uncommon Schools, Inc. (USI) in New York City. USI is a charter management organization operating college preparatory schools in New York City, upstate New York and Newark, N.J. USI has achieved outstanding academic results predicated on its commitment to high standards, data-driven decision making, a structured learning environment, and a longer school day and year.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHICAGO
The Broad Foundation supports the University of Illinois, Chicago Urban Education Leadership program, a three-year program that develops transformational school leaders for the most challenging schools in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and works to change the way higher education prepares those school leaders. After a rigorous selection process, students are placed in progressively more responsible positions in CPS schools, culminating with placement as a principal.
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: RACE TO THE TOP AND INVESTING IN INNOVATION
Race to the Top is a federal competitive grant program designed to stimulate K-12 education reform throughout the nation. The Broad Foundation has supported several states in their Race to the Top application process. The foundation also supported a convening of Race to the Top winners to build cross-state collaboration and information sharing so that successful approaches can be replicated and scaled.
Investing in Innovation is a federal program designed to provide competitive grants to applicants implementing innovative practices to improve education, including improving student achievement, closing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates. The Broad Foundation supported the application process of several organizations.
"WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" and "THE LOTTERY"
The Broad Foundation supports Participant Media's film "Waiting for 'Superman'" in its call for dramatically better opportunities for students and teachers through common core standards, effective teaching, great schools and literacy. "Waiting for 'Superman,'" a feature-length documentary by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth," provides a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S.
The Broad Foundation also supports "The Lottery," a feature-length documentary directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held. "The Lottery" calls our nation to action to avert educational catastrophe and makes the case that any child can succeed.