Approach

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EdVestors drives urban school improvement in three ways:

  1. First, we are a seed funder for solution-seekers’ best ideas in Boston’s schools. Through our School Solutions Seed Fund, we identify and fund innovative school-based ideas for improvement.
  2. Second, we develop, demonstrate, and share best practices for school improvement. Our annual $100,000 School on the Move Prize highlights examples of dramatic school improvement. Our Improving Schools Initiative demonstrates tactical support for struggling schools.
  3. Third, we work at scale to achieve city-wide student impact, coordinating major public-private partnerships in targeted issues areas, currently in math and arts education. Our largest effort to date, BPS Arts Expansion has resulted in 17,000 more pre-K through eighth grade students receiving weekly arts instruction in school, bolstering student engagement and school climate. Our newest effort, Zeroing in on Math, takes a similar city-wide approach to increase math proficiency in the middle grades as a critical gateway for post-secondary, career and life success. New work is also developing in career vocational technical education (CVTE).

Across all of our program areas, EdVestors’ work is animated by our core organizational values of equity, excellence, evidence, and effectiveness. We are committed to long-term effort to improve educational outcomes for Boston’s students.