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

October 28, 2015
Educators: You're Invited to Hops & Hacks!

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 15, 2015
How Can Philanthropy Promote Innovation in Education?

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Jeff Raikes was asked to join other leaders in the education field and offer perspective as one of the foundation executives who initially helped launch the effort. The following was contributed to Medium, which is working with the DoE to curate an online discussion to reflect on five years of i3 grants.Read More

September 21, 2015
Updates On Our National Education Strategy

As the new school year gets underway I want to share a few updates about our national education strategy, which is focused on improving student outcomes through the development of learning mindsets and skills. Read More

July 28, 2015
Unleashing the Potential of “Missing” Students with Equal Opportunity Schools

As one of the newest program officers at the Raikes Foundation, I’m excited that one of my first projects will be to manage a new grant to a great organization called Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS). EOS is a natural partner for the Raikes Foundation because it is an organization that shares our belief in the importance of not only encouraging students to take on new challenges, but also empowering them with the learning mindsets and skills that can help them conquer those challenges. Read More

May 15, 2015
Angela Duckworth and David Yeager Got it Right

Earlier this week Angela Duckworth and David Yeager published an important paper concerning the vital question of how to assess students’ mindsets and other non-cognitive competencies.Read More

May 8, 2015
Welcoming Our Newest Team Members

The Raikes Foundation expects to double its giving in the years ahead as we set our sights on increasingly ambitious goals to empower young people to transform their lives. But dollars alone don’t create the kind of impact that we strive for. For that, we need smart, passionate and talented people. In less than three years, the foundation has more than doubled its team from four to nine, and that trend is continuing in 2015. Indeed, we recently welcomed two new program officers to the foundation and we expect to add three more team members later this year.Read More

March 11, 2015
Exploring Ways to Boost Motivation in Online Learners at SxSWedu

At the Raikes Foundation we believe that helping students develop learning mindsets—including growth mindset, such as the belief that intelligence grows with effort —is a powerful way to increase motivation and encourage students to embrace educational challenges that will help them improve. But does it work in online learning?Read More

Teacher helping students with a project
March 3, 2015
The Science of Tapping Teacher Insights to Build Learning Mindsets and Skills

Often when people talk about innovating in the education sector, they focus on ideas or solutions they want to import into classrooms. But what if the most effective innovations are already there?  What if the people who work day-to-day with students—teachers and administrators—are the ones designing, testing and sharing innovative practices?  How can we tap their wealth of knowledge to transform learning as it happens?These questions are at the heart of a promising new approach to identifying and scaling education innovations known as “improvement science.” Read More

March 2, 2015
A Note of Thanks to Youth Leaders

More than 200 young people from around Washington state gathered in Olympia on Friday to meet with elected officials and advocate for policies that directly affect their lives. Many related their experiences in the foster care system and some, such as members of The Mockingbird Society’s Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH), will give voice to the thousands of youth in our state who unfortunately have experienced the crisis of homelessness.Read More