A school-centered approach.
We know that access to high-quality schools, not a child’s background or ability, is the most important factor in student achievement. So we’re uniting stakeholders across our community to work in tight coordination on the strategies that are proven to help schools grow and improve: increasing the number of extraordinary teachers and leaders, fostering deep parent engagement, advocating for supportive public policy, and helping schools access quality facilities.
This collective approach brings much-needed alignment to our goals and investments, and engages school communities as authentic partners in real change. Together with Great MN Schools, we’re increasing access to great schools and closing the opportunity gap for 30,000 Minneapolis kids.
Unearthing the highest-impact levers for change.
Our extensive systems mapping spanned one year and included interviews with 150 education and philanthropy leaders, teachers, parents and students. Ultimately, it identified highest-impact “levers” to increase the number of high-performing schools: talent pipeline development, community engagement, policy and facilities. We support work aligned with these levers.
Honing our efforts – every school can play a part.
We have mapped the areas of our city with greatest need for focus. These maps are supplemented with data such as commute rates and school-readiness measurements. The study is publicly available to help inform work across our community.
Resourcing systems change.
We invest deeply in the strategies that schools identify as vital to their growth and success — increasing the number of extraordinary teachers and leaders, fostering deep community and parent engagement, advocating for supportive public policy, and helping schools access quality facilities.
Learn how each Team at MN Comeback approaches grant-making against their respective levers.