The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education. We work to ensure that effective education systems in California and Washington provide opportunities for all students to learn, achieve, and thrive. Primarily working through education systems, we promote strategies that nurture students to be self-reliant, succeed in education and careers, and engage meaningfully in their communities. Our guiding principle, or North Star, is an education system that values the Whole Child by strengthening the relationships between students, educators, families, and communities. For us and our partners that means schools that are safe and welcoming, where young people are seen and heard, and where their curiosity is engaged and their intellect challenged. It means schools where caring and effective educators have a deep subject knowledge, time to learn from each other, commit to every student’s success, and partner with families. It means schools that prepare young people to work well together, respect differences, take risks, stand up for themselves and their community, persevere when they face challenges, and know when and how to ask for help from peers and adults. It means a rich curriculum that connects students to the world around them, to their civic duty and their roles as they prepare to enter the adult world.