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.

Signature Event

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 2017

Bard High School Early College DC (Bard DC)

Bard DC is a four-year public high school that offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, up to 60 transferable college credits, and an associate in arts degree from Bard College. As the first stand alone early college high school East of the River, Bard DC is moving the finish line for students motivated by getting an early start to college.

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Enrollment increase since SY 2019


Bard DC on-time cohort graduation rate in 2021 and 2022.


Bard students who have earned associates degree by high school graduation in class of 2022, saving an average of $92k/student in college credit costs.

Launched in 2016

Learning Together to Advance our Practice (LEAP)

LEAP built on the early success of IMPACTplus taking the quality of instruction from good to great. At the core, LEAP is about helping teachers become true subject-matter experts so that every student across the city experiences rich, engaging, and challenging instruction every day. Teachers engage in intense, weekly cycles of development in small content-specific professional learning communities in their buildings.

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LEAP leaders enrolled annually


Seminars completed since launch


Coaching sessions completed since launch

Launched in 2015


Cornerstones introduced high-quality, powerful lessons and student experiences across every grade, every ward, and every content area including ELA, math, science, social studies, art, health, PE, and world languages.

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Cornerstone experiences designed and implemented


Number of 2nd graders to-date that have learned how to ride a bike


Number of students nationwide who have experienced Cornerstones

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