Strengthening Communities

Strengthening Communities

Over the last 40 years, many have tried to improve American public education. Even with the best intentions, extraordinary efforts and billions of dollars, too many of our public school systems are falling short.

If urban school systems are to overcome barriers to success, we must transform them into strong public entities that help students and educators reach their full potential.

How do we get back on track?

Changing a few important aspects, like reducing class size, isn’t enough. A holistic approach is necessary to modernize and reorient our school systems so that every central-office dollar and decision is focused on pushing sufficient resources to the classroom, empowering teachers and students and helping everyone in the system continuously improve.

The good news is progress is not just possible, it is happening. 

The Broad Center Network is serving high-need communities throughout the United States.

  • Since 2002, more than 450 Broad Center alumni have worked to strengthen more than 200 urban school systems.
  • More than 50 members of the Broad Center network serve as school district superintendents, heads of public charter districts and state superintendents of education.
  • Ten urban school districts have hired more than one Fellow of The Broad Academy.
  • Across more than 50 urban school systems, more than 100 superintendent-level positions and 100 cabinet-level positions have been filled by Broad Academy Fellows since the program began in 2002.
  • More than 88 percent of Broad Residency alumni still work in K-12 education.