The Philadelphia Education Fund recognizes that school systems, especially those that serve urban districts and low-income families, cannot succeed without the support and engagement of their broad civic community. This community includes parents, government and business partners, community-based organizations, social service entities, communities of faith, and individual citizens.
Many of our civic engagement activities directly address this issue, including the Education First Compact. The Education First Compact is a diverse group of education stakeholders committed to improving public education in Philadelphia. The Compact meets the first Thursday of each month at 8AM in the United Way Building. Brian Armstead, Director of Civic Engagement, leads these meetings, which focus on helping stakeholders use their social, intellectual, and political capital to leverage school improvement.