Mindset Scholars Network
May 18, 2017
Partner Spotlight: Mindset Scholars Network

FOSTERING a growth mindset in students When Carol Dweck was working on her doctorate in social and developmental psychology at Yale University, she became intrigued with a fundamental question about education:  Why do some students give up in the face of failure, while others thrive?Read More

December 1, 2016
Introducing BELE: A Network for Advancing Equity in Education

In the United States, race and class remain the most reliable predictors of students’ academic achievement. Despite increasing investments, raising academic standards, focusing on teacher quality, and expanding charter schools the post-secondary completion gap between students of color and their white peers has increased in the last few decades. Our public school system and our nation are becoming more diverse while inequities remain entrenched.Read More

October 18, 2016
In Support of Seattle Teachers Championing Equity

Hundreds of teachers at Seattle Public Schools tomorrow will wear Black Lives Matter shirts and discuss the Movement for Black Lives with their students during the district's Day of Unity, which aims to draw attention to racial equity. The action has drawn widespread attention, including both praise and criticism. As a funder focused on equity in education and as a member of the Seattle community, we wanted to share our perspective on this important moment.Read More

September 14, 2016
Local Philanthropies Commit $1.86 Million to Support Homeless Students in Washington State

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Raikes Foundation today announced a new partnership to help Washington’s 35,000 homeless students find the support and stability they need to thrive. The two foundations have joined with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Campion Foundation to collectively commit $1.86 million to the effort, known as Schoolhouse Washington.Read More

June 13, 2016
Fourteen Too Many

It may be your daughter’s best friend. It may be the captain of the football team. It may be the new student who just transferred in. It may be the one who has lived in your neighborhood for as long as you can remember. What we know is that the vast majority of public schools serve at least one student experiencing homelessness. In fact, the average public school has 14 students facing this crisis.Read More

June 2, 2016
Building Learning Environments to Help All Children Succeed

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of introducing author Paul Tough at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit. Paul’s book “How Children Succeed” had a big impact on my wife, Tricia, and me. It highlighted what really matters in supporting children to succeed academically. The compelling case it made for the importance of non-cognitive skills galvanized much of the work we’ve done at the Raikes Foundation over the past several years around learning mindsets and skills.Read More

May 5, 2016
A New Chapter in Learning Mindset Research

In 2014, the Raikes Foundation helped establish the Mindset Scholars Network to improve student outcomes and expand educational opportunity by advancing the scientific understanding of learning mindsets.Read More

January 29, 2016
Transcending the Limits of Traditional School Models

We are constantly inspired by what teachers are doing to create classrooms that empower all students with learning mindsets and skills. Check out this great example of Chana Stewart using “process praise” to encourage her East Palo Alto 1st graders to operate with a growth mindset.Read More

November 6, 2015
SCHOOL LEADERS: You're Invited to Meet The School Retool Team!

UPDATE: The November 14 School Retool event in Seattle has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information on the new date, time and location. School Retool is coming to Puget Sound! In January, the Stanford d.school, IDEO, and the Raikes Foundation will launch a Puget Sound cohort of School Retool - a professional learning fellowship for school leaders eager to transform their school cultures toward Learning Mindsets & Skills and Deeper Learning.Read More

October 29, 2015
Confronting Systemic Racism in Our Education System

Two weekends ago, I traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to speak on a panel on education and racial justice. This week, I'm enjoying similar discussions at PolicyLink's Equity Summit. While I am a new grantmaker –  now six months into my role as a program officer at the Raikes Foundation – I have spent much of my career devoted to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in education.Read More