D.C. Public Education Fund

As part of our “Improve Existing Schools” initiative, we seek to invest in organizations that improve the way teachers are selected, trained and compensated. The D.C. Public Education Fund is an independent not-for-profit organization that advances excellence in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) through private philanthropy. With a human capital focus, the Education Fund works alongside the school system’s leadership to support effective teaching and high achievement in every classroom, at every school.

In 2010, DCPS negotiated a landmark new teachers’ contract that allows DCPS to reward teachers for outstanding performance and emphasizes quality over seniority. The district also launched a rigorous new teacher evaluation system, IMPACT, which provides teachers with clear expectations for performance and constructive feedback throughout each school year.

DCPS’s landmark new teacher contract rewards strong classroom performance, recognizing great teachers and strengthening professional accountability across the board. The D.C. Public Education Fund secured the private support necessary to fund performance pay for DCPS teachers. The Walton Family Foundation, along with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Robertson Foundation, provided private funding to make the innovative contract a reality.


Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers

On Nov 1, 2010, Washington, D.C. came together at the Kennedy Center to salute the men and women of D.C. Public Schools who earned the honor of being rated Highly Effective. Here is a video highlighting teachers who won the "Excellence in Teaching" awards given out that night.

  • Read more about the DCPS teacher evaluation system and performance pay system. View the IMPACTplus guide.
  • Watch videos from seven teachers who won the "Excellence in Teaching" award, a result of being rated Highly Effective.