Our Vision

A DC where students starting furthest from opportunity can chart their own path and thrive​.

Our Mission

Education Forward DC accelerates the work of visionary education leaders to foster a city of high-quality, equitable public schools for every DC student and family.

Education Forward DC Core Values


  • We are resolute in our pursuit of great outcomes for all DC students.

    We recognize current approaches are not enough to meet the needs of all students in DC’s public schools. We work with leaders across the city to take bold action and engage in tough conversations to move the work forward. We make all decisions in service of students. 

  • We are learners.

    We embrace diverse perspectives to inform our work, especially from the communities we serve. We give and seek out candid feedback. We are open about what we do and why, we share what we’ve learned, and we are honest about our mistakes so that we can learn from them and improve. 

  • We work intentionally to disrupt patterns of racial inequity.

    We believe that addressing racial injustice in our schools and communities is fundamental to our success as a city. In particular, we prioritize investing in leaders of color who share the racial and economic background of the students we serve, and we create opportunities to amplify the voices of families and communities in DC.  We seek to work in ways that dismantle existing power dynamics. 

  • We care about each other and the leaders we support.

    We passionately pursue our mission and bring our whole selves to our work. We strive to build authentic relationships with each other, our partners, and those we serve, and to foster a sense of community. We celebrate each success that brings us closer to achieving our mission! 

Our Grant Making Strategy

We’re Hiring

Education Forward DC is working to build a diverse team passionate about improving the educational opportunities for all students in DC.