Innovations in Education

Since January, the Walton Family Foundation has been on a video journey – traveling from Washington, D.C., to Oakland to Denver to New Orleans – visiting top innovators in education and producing a video series to share what they have found.

“We look to brave leaders, such as the individuals featured in this series, to find solutions that improve education for all students,” Walton’s board chair, Carrie Walton Penner, explains in her video introduction to the series.

Through this journey, you will learn how bold education innovators are rethinking old ideas and experimenting with new approaches to expand opportunities for students.

Over the course of this series, you’ll meet:

  • Susanna Loeb, a Stanford University researcher, who explains the achievement gap and why it matters, as well as pioneering educators at an Oakland high school who are changing the lives of the students they serve;
  • Michael Cordell and Nicole Abera from The Learning Center in Washington, D.C., who are using a new approach to educate high-needs special education students;
  • Kanitra Reed, a New Orleans mom whose employment benefits include a new kind of one-on-one counseling that helps her make informed education decisions for her kids;
  • Papa Dia, who is leading a community of African immigrants in Colorado to push for more high-quality educational opportunities;
  • Members of the McConduit family, who helped pioneer OneApp, allowing all New Orleans families to access educational opportunities; and
  • Renowned character researcher Angela Duckworth, who teaches us how successful lifelong learners make decisions.

To view the videos, see