The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports the people and organizations who contribute to making our public schools they best they can be—including, teachers and administrators, policymakers and thought leaders.

Revere High School

Imagine an education system where all learners have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

Students engage with learning in different ways, so public schools need student-centered strategies - rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach. Today's innovation economy and diverse society require skills that aren't addressed in a traditional curriculum - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, self-directed learning and social-emotional skills. We're committed to ensuring that all New England students get the education they need - no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Shaping Education Practice
  • Shaping Education Practice (1)
  • Reshaping Education Policy
  • Reshaping Education Policy (1)
  • Building a Knowledge Base
  • Building a Knowledge Base (1)
  • Increasing Public Engagement
  • Increasing Public Engagement (1)


Our Grantmaking


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports the people and organizations who contribute to making our public schools the best they can be - including teachers and administrators, policymakers, and thought leaders. To elevate student-centered approaches to learning, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; building a knowledge base around student-centered learning; and increasing public awareness, understanding, support and demand for high quality educational experiences.




Our grantees are making public education more equitable and effective for all learners. We work with schools, districts and organizations to implement the principles of student-centered learning - helping schools strengthen what is working and substantially update and improve practices and policies that are outdated.



Students Take the Lead 

Parent-teacher conferences look a little different in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Pittsfield-Middle High School recently made the shift from parent-led conferences to student-led conferences, giving students reign of their learning.

In Meriden, it's 'BYOD'

Meriden, Connecticut's 'Bring Your Own Device' policy is changing the way teaching and learning happens at Platt and Maloney High Schools.