EdVestors drives urban school improvement in three ways:
- First, we are a seed funder for solution-seekers’ best ideas in Boston’s schools. The School Solutions Seed Fund identifies and funds innovative school-based ideas for improvement.
- Second, we develop, demonstrate, and share best practices for school improvement. Our annual $100,000 School on the Move Prize and research highlight examples of significant school improvement.
- Third, we work at scale to achieve city-wide student impact, coordinating major public-private partnerships in targeted issue areas at the core of school improvement. Our largest effort to date, BPS Arts Expansion, has resulted in 17,000 more BPS students receiving arts instruction during the school day. Our second Strategic Initiative launched in 2015, Zeroing in on Math, takes a similar city-wide approach to increase math proficiency in the middle grades as a critical gateway for success in post-secondary and career. In 2016, EdVestors began work to model effective Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways for high school students as a strategy for improving Boston’s traditional high schools, connecting more students to postsecondary opportunities, and bolstering Boston’s workforce.
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.