Teacher Diversity Initiative
The Walton Family Foundation is committed to addressing this significant imbalance. In partnership with the Cleveland Avenue Foundation, we are proud to support The 1954 Project, the first Black-led, focused and funded philanthropic initiative in support of K-12 education. The 1954 Project will raise at least $50 million to increase the number of Black educators and leaders throughout the education landscape; creating more effective and culturally affirming teaching and learning models; and strengthening pathways from education to career to increase economic mobility in the Black community. Importantly, The 1954 Project will fund these efforts by informing and recruiting a new generation of Black philanthropists specific to K-12 education.
About the Teacher Diversity Initiative
Support of The 1954 Project builds on the foundation’s Teacher Diversity Initiative, which supports innovative strategies and programs to advance educator diversity, including expanding the pool of applicants for recruitment efforts and new fellowships, mentorships and other career advancement opportunities. In partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund, the Teacher Diversity Initiative provides an average of $200,000 in funding to early stage and new organizations and programs committed to recruiting, training and supporting a more diverse teacher workforce.