Advocacy for Foundations

At Getting Smart, we are excited to advocate with like-minded foundation partners that are dedicated to improving learning outcomes around the world.

As thought leaders in the space, our team regularly researches, writes and speaks on innovative practices in education that are changing the landscape for today’s learners. Our unique combination of industry knowledge with powerful project design practice allows us to take an innovative approach to partnership.

Whether you are looking to expand awareness or design a comprehensive investigation into innovative practice, our team can help in the design, implementation and amplification of your work.

To all of our partnerships, we bring:

  • A learner centered perspective;
  • A variety of education experience;
  • A design focused lens to problem solving;
  • A willingness and desire to learn; and
  • A commitment to thought leadership in the space of innovation & learning.

Foundation Services include:

  • Strategic consulting
  • Thought leadership campaigns
  • Initiative design & development
  • Learning experience
  • Customized partnership

Work Examples

We create, implement and amplify thought leadership campaigns, education initiatives, powerful learning experiences and forward-leaning strategies with learning focused foundations. Our unique approach follows a clear design process and marries a variety of solutions that help people and organizations learn grow and innovate.

Our sweet spot is combining a range of services that often would take several external vendors to accomplish and being able to complete them all in house such as strategic planning, design and promotion.

Great School Field Trips

The Kauffman Foundation

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Based on our experience in the space and knowledge of new school advocates, Getting Smart has supported The Kauffman Foundation’s KC Great Schools initiative by designing and executing a series of city school field trips that provide powerful learning experiences for attendees. Each field trip is designed to create a unique and memorable experience for participants that highlight learning experiences that are next-gen, highly personalized, blended and competency-based. Included in each trip, is a structure for facilitated reflection and time for the development of next steps. To learn more about innovative schools across the country check out our list of schools to visit!

Ask About AI

Hewlett Foundation


Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have more influence on the lives and livelihoods of young people over the next few decades than any other factor. While AI will help address our most pressing problems, it has the potential to exacerbate gaps in society and pose existential threats. Our #AskAboutAI campaign investigates the implications that AI will have on employment, learning and ethical issues–a conversation around how we can shape a future that works for everyone. This is an active campaign, if you would like to contribute to this discussion by submitting blogs, topic ideas, relevant reports, photos and/or podcast ideas, click here to learn more.

The Power of Place

The Carnegie Foundation


By researching and sharing student, teacher and thought leader perspectives on the benefits of Place-Based Education (PBE), how PBE addresses issues of equity and access, the relevance of PBE to personalized learning movement and entry points to PBE implementation, this project explores why integrating schools and communities to leverage the “power of place” can equip–through authentic experiences–students with the tools and skills they need to collaborate, think critically and solve complex challenges.  This campaign included a year long blog series, several podcasts, 3 publications and a social media campaign. To learn more or to download resources, head to our campaign page.

Thought Leadership. You can follow our current work on where we are dedicated to following and celebrating the work of educators and innovators across the world.

Comprehensive. Customized. Creative.

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