Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep and deliberate engagement is essential to success.”
The Gates Foundation’s U.S. Program works to implement the highest-potential solutions for education impact from early learning to K-12 to postsecondary opportunities. Learn more about these initiatives by exploring this website and by visiting Post-Secondary Success and the Washington State information page.
Young people dream about what they’ll be when they grow up, but there’s a gap today between where high school ends and dreams begin. A gap fewer and fewer are able to leap. Hard work and determination are not enough. Today, a high school diploma isn’t the end of learning—it’s only the beginning. The first step to opportunity.
We need students to graduate ready for college. Ready to master the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace. We believe that the heart of learning is the magic between teachers and students.
Excellence is the goal. Transforming lives is the reward.
Every kid genuinely want to learn. And when students show up to learn, they deserve to be taught.
We’re driven by two beliefs: that equal opportunity defines what’s exceptional about America—and that public schools are the best idea America’s ever had for giving every child an equal chance. We’re also convinced that giving teachers everything they need to help every student thrive is the greatest act of service we can perform for our country. Everychild deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and we are working to make that happen. The heart of learning is the connection between teachers and students. That is the centerpiece of school success: a teacher forming a bond with a student, triggering the student’s hunger to learn, and guiding it in the right way. All of our efforts work to ensure that all teachers have the tools and skills they need to form that bond with their students. This powerful bond is the foundation that prepares all students for college, career, and life.