We understand the power of education to transform a life. That’s why we work with school systems and high-impact education nonprofits to transform education and help students from traditionally underserved communities have the chance to lead lives of choice and opportunity. We focus on career-connected learning, human capital, school systems, early childhood development, and education technology.
- Rapid advances in technology are changing the nature of work. While many jobs are going away, our research has found that good jobs are still plentiful. Yet our education system is not adequately preparing students to get these jobs and succeed in them. To do that, we need to move past the traditional construct of study-then-work to a study-and-work, career-connected learning (CCL) model that combines classroom instruction with relevant, real-world experience. Bain partners with education providers, businesses, government, and others to make clear the good jobs such programs should target, to highlight best practices, and to bring successful CCL programs to scale. We have shaped CCL programs for vast university and public school systems, such as CUNY, Career Connect Washington, and the Denver Public Schools.
- We work with leading school systems in the US and around the world, such as KIPP, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Ark, particularly those educating traditionally underserved populations, to accelerate student achievement and ensure students have access to choice-filled lives.
- We know from hundreds of examples nationwide that extraordinary student outcomes are possible at the individual school level. These persistent rays of hope shine through even in the most challenging of educational environments. Breakthrough results in student achievement occur when the significant challenges our students face are met with an even greater level of teacher talent and dedication—when talented individuals work together to do extraordinary things. Yet we also know that these kinds of schools don’t develop randomly on their own; an essential ingredient behind each of these success stories is transformational leadership. We are committed to growing the ranks of qualified teachers, through our partnerships with organizations like Teach for America/Teach for All.