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Teach For America alumna, Mary Cooper leading a high school physics class.

The Schools To Learn From program enables schools that are delivering an excellent education to share best practices with educators and school leaders across the country.

Program Overview

Each year, the Schools To Learn From program selects schools that are providing an excellent education for their students. Once selected, these schools act as learning laboratories by hosting visits and facilitating professional development that enables other educators to implement strategies and best practices in their own schools.

Selected schools will be responsible for:

  • Hosting a two-day school visit for 30-40 participants, designed in partnership with Teach For America
  • Providing participants with access to materials to enhance their learning

Selected schools will receive:

  • $5,000 for school leaders to use toward developing their staff
  • The opportunity to select two staff members to visit another School to Learn From

Eligibility & Requirements

All Schools To Learn From applicants have a proven record of delivering an excellent education that leads the the following four student outcomes:

  • Students gain strong academic skills and knowledge
  • Students grow personally
  • Students develop social, political, and cultural consciousness
  • Students have access to experiences that will help accelerate their path toward leadership and broader opportunities

Schools must also demonstrate that they are excelling at one of the following Dimensions of Excellence:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Data Systems
  • School Culture and Environment
  • Staff Culture and Adult Learning Community
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and School Environment
  • School-wide Systems Management
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Reimagining Schools (supplemental dimension)


The 2019 Schools To Learn From application will be available for schools in Winter 2019. Contact to learn more about this opportunity.

Visit a School To Learn From

Learn best practices you can immediately use in your school while building a network of colleagues who are committed to educational excellence for all students.

The application to visit a School To Learn From will open up in the Summer of 2019. Contact to learn more about this opportunity.

Educators participating in a Schools to Learn From visit in Oakland.
Educators participating in a Schools To Learn From visit to Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, CA.
“I am leaving this trip knowing what type of school is possible and believe I could be a part of making that happen in my community.”

Former STLF Participant

Past Schools to Learn From