Education Program Strategies
We work across New England to help more young people succeed.
Three core strategies anchor our work:
1. Catalyze new models.
Fuel fresh designs that fit local contexts and transform the high school experience, to put success within reach of all students.
Learn about our Engage New England initiative
2. Build public will.
Engage parents and students, educators and civic leaders, and all residents as informed advocates for high-quality schools.
3. Invest in educators.
Develop the pipeline of diverse, skilled, effective teachers and school leaders who bring new educational models to life for their students.
Barr views collaboration as critical. We take a flexible approach to advance our strategies, supporting partners as they:
We provide risk capital and technical support that educational innovators need to plan, implement, and measure the sucess of promising ideas that can improve outcomes for young people and communities.
We foster the expansion or replication of models that have demonstrated a positive impact on student engagement, learning, and outcomes across entire schools, districts, or regions.
We sponsor research and evaluation, and share insights to guide policymakers, equip practitioners, and help funders committed to elevating outcomes for students—especially those not well served by traditional high schools.
Education Program Inquiries
For those who feel their work may align with Barr’s priorities and who wish to introduce themselves to us, the best approach is to email Cindy Lung, Program Associate for the Education Team. Please include a brief description (we suggest 300–400 words) of your organization and the funding opportunity you would like us to consider. We review and respond to all inquiries.
Click here for more information on our grantmaking process.