A great public education for every student.
The OS Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America’s children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Equal Opportunity. We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.
A Just Society. We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.
Excellence. We believe excellent schools are continuous learning communities for students and educators alike. We further believe public education is accountable to the citizenry for ensuring an educated populace.
Democracy. We believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. We believe public schools are responsible for teaching students the skills they need to become informed, compassionate participants in civil society and to advance the economic, social, and intellectual capital of the society in which they live.
Participation. We believe all sectors of society share a responsibility to provide public education with human and material support, guidance, respect, and encouragement commensurate with maintaining an educated populace.
Professionalism. We believe and publicly acknowledge that educators play a critical role in creating and leading each school’s learning community.
Partnerships. We believe partnerships with all members of the education community, parents, families, researchers, policymakers, and communities are essential to effective public education and student success. The Open Share is a critical partner in the Foundation’s efforts to achieve excellence in public education.