About AFT Innovation Fund

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Bright Idea

The AFT Innovation Fund was established in 2009 to support and share successful union-led reform efforts. The Fund works to identify, nurture and bring to scale union and educator-led innovations in public education. As an initiative of the AFT, the Fund’s reach is nationwide and, to date, the Fund has made more than 45 investments in groundbreaking work across the country. Funding for these investments has come from the AFT and from education funders that share our belief in the value of educator-led change.


The goal of the Innovation Fund has always been to find ways to help all children, particularly low-income and minority children, have access and the opportunity for a great public education. We want all public schools to be places where parents want to send their children, educators want to work and children are engaged. We believe that we can achieve these goals if we focus on and invest in the four pillars of effective public schools: promoting children’s well-being, supporting powerful learning, building teacher capacity and fostering cultures of collaboration.


The Results of Our Work

Our grantees are focused on producing innovations in their schools, districts, and communities that can be shared nationally. Click here to read about what they've done and to view and download their materials.

News & Highlights

Program to aid at-risk students (7/27/18)

Community Schools Summit provides inspiration, guidance for struggling schools (7/05/18)

CTE program prepares students for employment, higher education (5/24/18)

Career & Technical Training: A Bright New Future (5/01/18)

Family Service, Pawtucket schools start Walking School Bus initiative (5/01/18)

Manual students move to the next level in classes at Caterpillar (3/09/18)

Public Schools Transform Communities (3/09/18)

Community school model takes hold at Agnes Little Elementary (2/06/18)

Serving Up School Success with Homework Diners (2/02/18)

Community schools program may expand beyond Bellamy (1/19/18)

Westinghouse Academy adds training courses for EMTs, police, firefighters (9/14/16)