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.

Current Investment

DCPS Becoming

As a nation and as an urban public school system, we are emerging from an unprecedented year having fought through unprecedented experiences. DC Public Schools (DCPS) learned so much as a school community on how to reinvent teaching and learning regardless of conditions. We also witnessed the structural racism in America and the lopsided outcomes that stem from racial inequities. DCPS is at an inflection point, a moment in its history, where returning to a pre-pandemic posture is not an option. Instead, DCPS is shattering the status quo by acknowledging the journey it must take and the work that has to be done in order to be better, stronger, all in pursuit of becoming an antiracist and whole child centered organization. To learn more about the new DCPS Becoming $20M fund, contact us.

Launched in 2010


IMPACT was the very first investment: a rigorous teacher accountability system that sparked a student-performance minded culture across DCPS. Over the years, its evolved into IMPACTplus, which added results-driven compensation and career paths which set new records for teacher and school leader retention across the district.

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Retention of highly effective teachers


Retention of the best teachers in high-poverty schools


Retention of highly effective principals

Launched in 2022

High School Redesign

In February 2022, DCPS and XQ launched “DC+XQ”, a multi-year partnership to reimagine the high school experience in the nation’s capital. This community-led initiative brings together teachers, families, students, and community members to imagine what’s possible for DCPS’ high school students.

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Dollars in redesign investments


High Schools currently undergoing whole-school community co-design, rethinking all aspects of the school model


Community stakeholders engaged in the redesign efforts since 2022

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