A Letter from the Chairman and President
Dear DC Ed Fund Community,
As we approach our ten-year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude for our many friends and supporters who have partnered with us to accelerate innovation in DC Public Schools. Since our founding in 2007, DC Public Education Fund has raised $120 million in high-impact investments to transform education in our nation’s capital. Working alongside DC Public Schools (DCPS), our investments in Fiscal Year 2016 continued to support the groundbreaking initiatives that help make DCPS the fastest-improving urban school district in the nation.
Fiscal Year 2016 saw DCPS extend its curricular impact across the nation and students’ experiences across the globe. The following report provides a lens into three of fiscal year 2016’s most pioneering programs. In response to the successful implementation of DCPS’ Cornerstone Assignments, DCPS launched a Cornerstones Sharing initiative designed to bring high-quality Common Core-aligned curricula to districts across the nation. DCPS’ Empowering Males of Color initiative developed The Leading Men Fellowship, a new educator pipeline program to provide DCPS’ African-American and Latino male graduates a path to a secure, well-paying career in education and increase the number of males of color leading DCPS’ early childhood classrooms. Lastly, DCPS students are going places through the Global Access and World Readiness program. The first program of this kind, DCPS sent 360 students from across the city to 13 countries, to focus on service learning, language immersion, and global citizenry.
Locally and nationally, DCPS is recognized for its dramatic improvement over the last decade, and DC Ed Fund has established a strong model for how to collaborate with and empower a public-school system through private investments. We are honored to support DCPS’ continued progress, and we thank you for your partnership as we advance equity and excellence across DC Public Schools.
Mark Ein, Chairman
Jessica Rauch, President and Executive Director