The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Increasingly concerned for the quality of elementary and secondary public education in America, particularly within large urban school districts, Eli Broad and his family established The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in 1999 to focus on K-12 educational issues.
The Broad Foundation's mission is to dramatically improve K-12 urban public education through better governance, management and labor relations. There ambitious goals include the following:
- To train a broad, deep bench of current and aspiring leaders in education.
- To redefine the traditional roles, practices and policies of school board members, superintendents, principals and labor union leaders to better address contemporary challenges in education.
- To attract and retain the highest quality talent to leadership roles in education.
- To equip school systems and their leaders with modern tools for effective management.
- To provide tangible incentives for educators to advance academic performance.
- To honor and showcase success wherever it occurs in urban education.
The Foundation has also launched three national flagship initiatives - The Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Broad Institute for School Boards, and The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, which includes The Broad Superintendents Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education.