Excellence in K-12 Education

Aspen Institute - NewSchools Fellowship: Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education

Partner 2010-2011


Gives extraordinary leaders in public education the opportunity to work together to further develop their own capacities and think outside of traditional silos and sector boundaries in order to amplify their collective impact.


Our partnership supports participation of promising innovators and leaders serving public education. 

Common Sense Media

Partner since 2012


Provides trustworthy information, education and an independent voice to students, educators and families – giving them the tools to navigate and thoughtfully utilize media and technology.


Our initial partnership supported the production, distribution and implementation of Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education Program.

Our current partnership supports the design and development of a Character Education Ratings Framework and Rubric for parents and educators.

Education Trust

Partner 2011-2015


Speaks up for students by working alongside communities across the country to transform schools. Analyzes local, state and national data to build a broader understanding of the opportunity gap and how to close it.


Our partnership supports state-based communications and mobilization efforts to close the opportunity gap and improve education at the local and state levels.


Partner 2011-2013


Inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs.


Our partnership supports integrating Chocolate Fix®  - an innovative approach to math problem solving – into the MATHCOUNTS Club. Over 125,000 students participate in MATHCOUNTS Clubs across all 50 states. 

National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education Program (NAATE)

Partner 2012-2015


Provides advanced training for experienced, high-performing teachers to increase their effectiveness, support them as teacher leaders, and renew their commitment to the craft using the case study method--a rigorous, inquiry-based approach.


Our partnership supports the current cohort of NAATE teachers, curriculum development and teacher recruitment.

Pahara Institute

Partner Since 2012


Identifies, develops and supports outstanding leaders in public education, transforming public education in under-served communities.


Our partnership supports the Pahara Institute’s start-up phase and the expansion of the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship.

Rainier Scholars

Partner 2012-2014


Opens doors to education for promising students of color, providing a pathway to college graduation and creating future community leaders.


Our partnership supports this rigorous program for middle and high school students in the Seattle area.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Partner 2011-2015


Responds to the urgent demand for effective and successful teachers in urban school systems.


Our partnership supports an innovative Master’s in Education program that prepares teachers to build academic skills and strength of character in their students, setting them up to succeed in college and life. 

The Better Angels Society - Ken Burns

Partner 2011 - 2013


Expands the reach and educational impact of Ken Burns’ films, giving students and educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of history.  


Our partnership supports the creation and development of the Ken Burns Mobile Classroom and Digital Library Project – an online portal for educators and students to explore history through documentary film. 

Washington STEM

Partner since 2011


Advances innovation, equity and excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Washington State by investing in, elevating and sharing breakthrough practices in STEM education.


2011 and 2012 partnership supported Washington STEM’s entrepreneurial and portfolio investments. Our current partnership supports the STEM teacher Professional Development program, a reimagining of professional development for STEM teachers.



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