Schools must change because the world students live in has changed and so have the knowledge and skills necessary for success in life.
To nurture the development and expansion of new secondary school models, the Barr Foundation pursues two strategies in collaboration with others to build a field of practice:
Engaging Schools for Greater Success. We partner with education and community leaders to develop and implement models rooted in positive youth development theory—whole school models that expand the definition of student success, engage students through their interests, and empower students with the integrated knowledge and skills that connect all with college, career, and community.
Fostering an Environment for Engaging Schools. We partner with educators, policymakers, practitioners, and community groups to bring new education models and their expanded definition of success into the mainstream. We support research, advocacy, policy, evaluation, and continuous improvement to meet the high expectations of parents, students, and communities.
Grants awarded by the Barr Foundation originate in different ways. The majority are initiated by our staff. Additionally, given the value we place on long-term partnerships, many grants are renewals for current grantees.
However, we welcome inquiries from 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, Education program associate, with a brief description (we suggest 300–400 words) of your organization and the funding opportunity you would like us to consider. While we commit to reviewing all inquiries, given the high volume we receive and a relatively small staff, we reply only to those we intend to explore further.
Click here for more information on our grantmaking process.
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