Ballmer Group Awards $10 Million to Achievement Network

Ballmer Group Awards $10 Million to Achievement Network

Boston-based Achievement Network (ANet) has announced a $10 million grant from the Ballmer Group in support of efforts to improve instruction in underserved communities.

The grant will launch the Breakthrough Results Fund, a multiyear collaboration with up to six school systems or charter management organizations (CMOs) focused on supporting teachers and school and system leaders with resources such as coaching, instructional tools, interim assessments, and professional learning. ANet will use the grant to provide each participating system with one-to-one matching funds of up to $1 million over four years, while the remaining funds will be used to support project evaluation, lesson sharing, and innovation efforts. Each district or CMO will receive resources and support for up to ten schools.

"We know that improving teaching and learning is hard but possible — and that it takes time. The Breakthrough Results Fund will be a four-year partnership so that districts have the runway to build these practices over time," said ANet CEO Mora Segal. "We will also demystify that change for superintendents, principals, and teachers by sharing what instructional improvement looks like across entire school systems."

"Education is a critical part of improving economic mobility in the United States," said Ballmer Group managing director Jeff Edmondson. "The Breakthrough Results Fund creates a unique way to grow ANet’s direct impact and influence the broader conversation on how to help educators improve student learning."