StudentsFirst is a nonprofit organization building a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform so that America has the best education system in the world. To succeed in its mission, the organization works with stakeholders across the country to ensure great teachers, access to great schools, and effective use of public dollars. StudentsFirst makes sure all Americans understand that our schools are not only an anchor for our communities, but also an absolute gateway to our national prosperity and competitive standing in the world economy.

StudentsFirst formed in 2010 in response to an increasing demand for a better education system in America. Its grassroots movement is designed to mobilize parents, teachers, students, administrators, and citizens throughout the country and to channel their energy to produce meaningful results. 

Our Impact

Seven Education Pioneers Fellows have served StudentsFirst since 2011. They have:

  • Revamped fundraising processes and databases to more effectively manage donor prospects and relationships, offering StudentsFirst tools and resources to further their impact at a state and national level.
  • Improved data systems and organizational metrics to better capture success, measure StudentsFirst's chapter growth, and achieve organizational goals.
  • Supported StudentsFirst's policy agenda by researching state policies and legislations, comparing them to organizational priorities, and identifying opportunities. 
  • And more.