Our mission is to transform teaching and learning in the most challenged U.S. public schools so that every student thrives.

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Stories from the Field

Partners in School Innovation supports educators to become change agents. We help them build their capacity to transform their schools and districts into high-performing organizations so that low-income students of color will thrive. 

To see examples of how we help educators build their capacity in various aspects of school-improvement, please click the button below.


Successes, Learnings, and Organizational News



“Partners has helped turn our school around on many levels and helped to strengthen the staff and administrative team. We owe a great deal of our academic and culture/climate successes to our partnership.”

Richard Curci, Principal, San Francisco Unified School District

“Partners’ work is clearly a powerful national model for school transformation; but what might be the most lasting benefit for us is how the Partners’ approach works to build the capacity of our leaders at the district level.”

José Manzo, Superintendent, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

“Being a partner school felt overwhelming in the beginning because I misunderstood the purpose of the support. The support is not about what Partners wants. The support is all about what I want as an instructional leader.”

Nneka Daniels, Principal, Battle Creek Public Schools, Michigan

“We have seen the benefits and can provide proof as a staff to show that we have seen steady growth in the percentage of students who have raised scores. The process of setting goals, planning more effectively, implementing plans, assessing and reflecting on progress made, and adjusting plans to ensure we are continuously improving reflects in our students’ scores.”

Angela Smith, Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI

“The one thing I can tell you about Partners is that it will transform your school and the results that you will see for your teachers primarily in their work, and also of course for your students, will be dramatic.”

Nora Guerra, Director of Educational Innovation and Development, Oak Grove School District

“The Applied Materials Foundation has achieved an impressive return on our investment. We have supported Partners’ work in the highest-need schools and districts consistently over a twelve year period.  Our committed long-term relationship has helped improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in our partner schools and has achieved remarkable results for students!”

Siobhan Kenney, Director, Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials

“Our Foundation has been a supporter of Partners in School Innovation for many years. Partners helps teachers excel in their profession and learn the best way to help all students succeed in school. We are proud to support Partners’ important work.”

Judy Bigelow, Executive Director, Fordham Street Foundation

The work Partners does with schools, my school, has been tremendous.  Realizing the vision and acting upon measured steps has moved our building forward!”

Pamela Hays, Principal, Richard C. Priest Elementary School, Las Vegas