At the Hyde Family Foundations, our mission when it comes to education is simple: We are about closing the achievement gap. Period. At the heart of our commitment to this issue is the belief that ALL students deserve access to a high-quality education. In order to improve educational opportunities for all children in Memphis, we focus on three key ingredients: schools, people and advocacy.
We support schools for underserved children that have a relentless focus on academic achievement and innovation. We are not wed to any particular model and believe there is more than one pathway to excellence. We do, however, firmly believe that all successful schools have certain shared characteristics, including high expectations for kids and adults, strong leadership, academic rigor, and clear benchmarks for student performance.
Every school deserves a great principal. Every child deserves a great teacher. Because the quality of a classroom, a school or an education system cannot exceed the quality of its people, the Foundations invest in proven initiatives that attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the field of education.
The Hyde Family Foundations engage in community-based efforts to empower citizens as they place education at the top of the civic-priority list. We recognize the important role of effective public policy, and advocate for those policies that expand educational options for families, empower strong leadership, enable school-based decision-making, and ensure that our state’s graduation requirements are aligned to college and work force readiness.