Education First.

We are inspired by the belief that a high quality education is the best way to improve the odds for every young person.

In today’s world, success means not just earning a high school diploma but graduating with the knowledge and skills needed to compete for family-wage jobs and successfully pursue higher education or specialized career training. To get there, every student needs the same things: great teachers, great school leaders, and a culture of high expectations and continued support throughout their education.

Education First supports organizations that share these beliefs by helping them tackle the barriers that too often get in the way:  low expectations and too little accountability; poor planning and weak, limited capacity; funding that is trumped by competing priorities; system inflexibility and a general aversion to innovative ideas; a focus on what feels right rather than what actually works; and policy decisions based on what makes adults most comfortable, not what is best for children.

Our work is driven by:

  • A sense of urgency for change
  • A conviction that high standards—when reinforced by regular measurement, effective teaching and shared accountability—can help all students excel
  • A willingness to embrace innovative ideas that help educators be successful and all students achieve at higher levels
  • A commitment to identifying best practices and effective policies, and finding ways to scale them
  • An understanding that even the best, most innovative ideas won’t be successful without careful attention to advocacy, engagement and communications

At Education First, we specialize in helping our clients find solutions to these problems, leveraging our deep expertise across four key education issue areas: College and Career Readiness; College Completion; Teacher and Leader Effectiveness; and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Strategies. To review examples of what we’ve done for our clients, read through our case studies, or visit our Library to review our recently published research reports.