Working together to help students succeed

The Networks for School Improvement (NSI) portfolio includes grants to organizations who will support groups of middle and high schools working together to identify and solve common problems using approaches that best fit their needs, learning what works and refining their approaches as they go.

We invest in partnerships between networks of schools and school support organizations. They will work together to identify and solve common problems by using evidence-based interventions that best fit their needs and data-driven continuous learning—where schools use data to identify a problem, select a strategy to address the problem, set a target for improvement, and iterate to make the approach more effective and improve student achievement.

While each network decides what approach will work best to address their biggest challenges, there are at least two things successful networks share in common—a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, and a focus on using indicators proven to predict students’ learning, progress, and success.

Through three competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) processes these 30 organizations in over 20 states serve as supporting organizations for Networks for School Improvement.

Learn more about NSIs and their work. 

In the spring of 2019, the foundation introduced the concept of Model Design and Initiation grants to support organizations seeking to build their capacity to lead an NSI. Learn more about our Model Design & Initiation Grantees.

NSI Grantees

  • Access ASU (Arizona)
  • American Institutes for Research (Central Florida)
  • Baltimore City Public Schools (Baltimore, MD)
  • Bank Street College of Education (Yonkers, NY)
  • BARR Center (California, Minnesota, Illinois)
  • California Education Partners (California)
  • City Year (Milwaukee, WI and Tulsa,OK)
  • The Commit Partnership (Dallas County, TX)
  • Connecticut RISE Network (Connecticut)
  • CORE Districts (California)
  • Denver Public Schools (Denver, CO)
  • Eskolta School Research and Design (Boston, MA and New York City)
  • High Tech High Graduate School of Education (California)
  • Institute for Learning (Dallas, TX)
  • KIPP Foundation (Multiple States)
  • Network for College Success (Chicago, IL)
  • New Tech Network (El Paso County, Comal County, Ector County, TX)
  • New Visions for Public Schools (New York, NY)
  • New York City Department of Education (New York City)
  • Partners in School Innovation (California, Nevada and Philadelphia, PA)
  • Teach Plus, Incorporated (Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA)
  • Teaching Matters (New York)
  • Texas Network for School Improvement (TXNSI) (Texas)
  • Tulare County Office of Education (California)

This list was updated following our NSI grant announcement in November 2020.