Bold experiments.
Lasting results.

DC Ed Fund backs cutting-edge initiatives with the potential to generate systemic change. Our investments have transformed DCPS into the fastest-improving urban school district in the last decade.

Targeted investments to achieve DCPS’ most ambitious goals.

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Standing Ovation

Standing Ovation was designed as a way to honor the achievements of DCPS’ top teachers, leaders, and school communities. For more than ten years, this unique DC tradition has played a critical role in elevating the teaching profession and celebrating what’s working in urban education.

Launched in 2020

DCPS Persists

DCPS Persists is the first college completion initiative ever led by a traditional public school district in the country. For the first time, DCPS is providing college-bound students with a support network to help them succeed and complete college.

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Raised to support DCPS Persists


DCPS alums receiving coaching and supports including workshops, career readiness opportunities, and community building in pursuit of their post-secondary degree.


Microgrants awarded to assist over 1,000 first-year students overcome unexpected financial barriers to persistence and completion.

Launched in 2019

High School Redesign (Anacostia and Ballou High School)

In 2019, DCPS launched a High School redesign initiative, the district’s first community-driven transformation strategy beginning with Anacostia HS and Ballou HS. Grounded on human centered practices, redesign teams lead schools through a year long incubation journey that transform schools with and for them versus aiming solutions “at” them.

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Dollars in redesign investments


Stakeholders involved in the redesign process, including students, parents, staff, and community partners

51% + 26%

Increase in 9th grade enrollment at Ballou and Anacostia following the redesign efforts

Launched in 2018

DC Reading Clinic

The DC Reading Clinic launched in 2018 to meet two critical needs at once: offering intense, one-on-one decoding sessions for DCPS’ most struggling readers, and providing clinical apprenticeships for DCPS educators to become literacy experts. The Clinic now operates in three locations across the city.

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Rate of expected reading growth for DCRC students


Rate of Clinic-trained teacher who would recommend the experience to their peers


Students directly impacted by the coaching and instructional support offered by the DC Reading Clinic in the last 5+ years.

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