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We Want to Hear from You: How Have You Used Continuous Improvement to Support Student Achievement?

October 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

As the foundation focuses grantmaking efforts on middle and high schools, there is still much to learn about the work and needs of these schools in networks. Our K-12 team invites organizations that have facilitated networks for school improvement or believe they have the skills to do so to respond…

Bill Gates Reflects Education Work

Bill Reflects On Our Education Work and Looks to the Future

October 24, 2017 | Student Achievement

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we’ve learned from our partners and the field that excellent schools are what help students succeed most. At the Council of the Great City Schools’ 61st Annual Fall Conference, themed “Advancing the State of Urban Education,” co-chair Bill Gates shared how this learning has inspired…

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Fresno’s Support of Students’ College Access, From Application to Enrollment

October 23, 2017 | Student Achievement

For many school districts, the biggest challenge in getting students to college is college readiness. California’s Fresno Unified School District (FUSD), however, has been up against a unique challenge: how to support students who are college-ready in taking advantage of their postsecondary choices. Based on districtwide data reported in a…

Q&A: How DC Public Schools Guides Teachers Through Cycles of Continuous Improvement

October 23, 2017 | Student Achievement

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is a national leader in supporting teachers—and it’s no coincidence that just a couple of years after the district introduced its unique professional learning framework, it is seeing big gains in student achievement. The cornerstone of the district’s approach to professional learning is called…