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Aurora Institute

Our Impact

Through Aurora Institute’s work, school leaders, educators, students, and communities are moving the needle to ensure every learner is prepared to be tomorrow’s leader.

Since 2002, we have worked to improve educational opportunity and secure high-quality learning for all students with a goal of education systems change toward innovation and equity. Transformation is happening.

2019 at a Glance

25K

EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS ALIGNING WITH OUR CAUSE

3K

ATTENDEES AT OUR ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

14M

STUDENTS IMPACTED BY OUR COLLECTIVE WORK IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE

100+

KEYNOTES AND PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED BY OUR EXPERTS ANNUALLY

130+

SCHOOLS VISITED

41

STATES SUPPORTED WITH POLICY ANALYSIS AND COUNSEL FROM OUR EXPERTS

2,140

BLOG POSTS ON EDUCATION DOMAIN AND COMPETENCYWORKS

400+

MEDIA REQUESTS AND INTERVIEWS

28K

FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Legacy Impact

450+

BOOKS, REPORTS, ISSUE BRIEFS, AND WEBINARS PRODUCED ON STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING

180

SCHOOLS DISTRICTS SERVED

800

SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS PROVIDED RESOURCES AND COUNSEL ON INNOVATIVE POLICY AND PRACTICE

Our Influence


To navigate a future, which few of us can imagine today, we have to move from tweaking around the edges to examining the structures and root causes of inequity in our education and society. We are a nonprofit change agent with a mission to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Driving this transformation, the Aurora Institute is poised as a national systems influencer advancing innovation and continuous improvement across K-12 education.

We remove barriers in policy and work with lawmakers to enable flexibility in approaches and expand competency-based pathways for learning inside and outside school walls, ensuring all students develop mastery of the highest competencies to reach their full potential.

We conduct research to highlight best practices for education innovations and personalized learning, and we serve as a network hub embracing innovation. Our work is shifting mindsets of what is possible for the future of education. We are sparking and leading conversations about the purpose of education and the definition of student success.

Our history of trusted thought leadership, consciousness-raising and advocacy, and forward-thinking presence in the field goes hand-in-glove with our ethic for collaboration. We work with multiple stakeholder groups in a concerted effort to bring about this change, including policymakers, media, educators and school leaders, districts and charter schools, philanthropy, researchers, higher education, workforce, providers and national advocacy organizations, as well as state and local organizations.

We believe we are at the tipping point of dramatic change in K-12 education. Thirst for better outcomes for all learners is high, and the contagion of bold ideas about the purpose and potential of public education is sweeping the halls of statehouses, across innovative learning spaces of modernized classrooms, and in homes across the globe. We pledge to continue to activate levers of change to live out our nation’s highest calling and fortify this most sacred of democratic institutions.