Our Work

Here’s how we're working to design an education system that supports all students to succeed.

Redesigning Schools and Systems

  • The path toward educational equity must be inclusive, bringing together diverse perspectives from educators, learning and development experts, and students and their communities to inform meaningful change. That’s why we’re supporting initiatives like the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network and the Student Experience Project (SEP) to create a more equitable path forward for our students.
  • The BELE Network connects leaders, thinkers, and innovators in research, practice, and philanthropy to expand high-quality learning opportunities for students who have been historically underserved. Recognizing the complexity of creating learning practices that are responsive to all young people, the Network’s members are taking a range of approaches to create learning environments that meet all students’ needs.
  • The Student Experience Project (SEP) is a network of post-secondary institutions and researchers working together to ensure students from all backgrounds feel a sense of belonging in colleges and universities and can successfully complete their post-secondary degree.

Creating Conditions for Change

  • To create an education system that ensures equitable opportunity for all, we need to advance policies and encourage educators to adopt culturally-responsive practices that support students’ success in the classroom and beyond.
  • The Raikes Foundation is convening researchers, legislators, advocates, educators, and funders across the field to correct longstanding inequities in school finance and resources at the state and local levels.
  • We also support efforts to help policymakers and advocates learn more about the science of learning and development so they can lead change efforts at the state and local levels.

Investing in the Science of Learning and Development

  • The Raikes Foundation funds research on how young people learn, develop, and thrive to empower educators to adopt more equitable practices in the classroom.
  • The Mindset Scholars Network (MSN) – a group of nearly 30 researchers from an array of disciplines – is conducting research to better understand how learning mindsets can improve student outcomes and expand educational opportunity. MSN is designing and testing strategies and measures to help schools foster engaging, inclusive, and growth-oriented learning environments.