The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes that equitable, universal access to high quality public education is a foundation block of democracy and is essential for the future economic sustainability, prosperity and ongoing vitality of our state and its communities. The Foundation is committed to supporting, and building the public will to sustain, North Carolina’s public systems of pre-collegiate education (early childhood and K-12, includinghigh school basedpathways to post-secondary education for students from low resource families.) The Foundation is also committed to investing in building the capacity of these systems for continuous improvement. The Foundation further believes that children are best prepared to live, work and lead in our increasingly diverse state if schools are racially, ethnically and economically diverse.
The Foundation cannot effectively impact all of the ways to support and strengthen NC’s education systems. Rather, it must target its funding on a few goals in order to have impact. For this reason, funding in this focus area is limited to:
Teacher and leader grants under paragraphs 2 and 3 above are made on a pilot basis and will normally not be sustained for longer than 2-4 years. Teacher and leader grants will be made only for projects that (a) include multiple schools or school systems; (b) are research-based or are innovative, (c) will be evaluated and (d) are replicable.
With rare exceptions, the Foundation does not fund the following:
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Natalie Blake is the Associate Program Officer for the Public Education portfolio. Please contact Natalie with questions about the Public Education focus area.