Our mission is to

Catalyze big ideas & foster community engagement that will accelerate transformation of the Durham Public Schools to ensure success and equity for every student.

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Our Core Values

We believe

All children can succeed at the highest levels.

Students’ and families’ voices matter and they know what they need from schools in order to thrive.

Professional educators deserve support.

Public schools can lead in dismantling systemic racism while being mindful to address current and historic systems of inequality.

Public schools are crucial to a vibrant Durham.

Impact is sustainable when we commit to continuously learn, collect evidence for what works and scale promising practices.

Our community possesses the ideas and power to create the transformational change we need.

Our Priorities

The Durham Public Schools Foundation serves DPS students, educators and families. We lift up their ideas, foster community engagement and champion public education to ensure success and equity for every student in Durham Public Schools.

 

CHAMPIONING PUBLIC EDUCATION

We celebrate the great teaching and learning happening in our schools, build community investment in public education and motivate more families to choose DPS.

INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE

We empower Durham’s students, educators and school communities to implement ideas that address needs and opportunities they identify for their schools to bolster student success and support growth and retention of principals and teachers.

FOSTERING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION & EQUITY

We support our school communities in developing creative solutions to big challenges and advocate for transformational changes that promote a culture of innovation, foster a love of learning and put equity at the center of decisions across DPS.

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