Our goal is to significantly increase the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to obtain a credential with labor-market value.

To get there, our next chapter is driven by a direct focus on schools, because that’s where the action of teaching and learning happens. Excellent schools—led by leaders who focus on continuous improvement grounded in data and evidence—are what help students succeed most.

We know that the best ideas come from the people doing the work in the field. We want to learn from organizations that have already demonstrated outstanding outcomes. To do that, we are releasing a number of Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs).


RFP: The “To and Through” Advising Challenge

An overwhelming majority of students, across all subgroups, aspire to complete some form of postsecondary education. But, many never enroll, and among those who do, far too few actually obtain a degree or credential. The Advising Challenge will support up to 20 school systems to enact the conditions & develop capabilities needed to adopt a “to and through” approach to advising for high school students. Deadline to submit is May 31. Learn more. 


RFI: Advanced Education Research & Development Programs 

In this RFI, jointly issued with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we are seeking ideas for work that can help increase student success in three of the most critically important areas for student achievement: mathematics, nonfiction writing, and executive function. Deadline to respond is June 8. Lean more.


RFI and RFP: Networks for School Improvement

Over the next several years, the foundation intends to release multiple RFPs for applications to lead Networks for School Improvement (NSIs). This is the first of those opportunities, and we are soliciting applications only from Intermediaries at this stage. Grants will be made directly to Intermediaries. Learn more about what we learned in the RFI phase which resulted in 278 responses.


RFP: Data Sourcing Partner

Our Data Sourcing Partner (DSP) will work with the foundation, the Networks for School Improvement, and the evaluation partners to support data collection and delivery. Application period is closed. Learn more.


RFI: Bright Spots in Middle Years Math

The Bright Spots RFI seeks to identify existing breakthrough programs, models, platforms or tools, supporting Black, Latino, and low-income students to achieve high performance in middle-years mathematics and/or approaches that support teachers to become highly effective in teaching math. This RFI is closed. Learn more.