The Developing Futures™ in Education Program supports high-impact initiatives that improve the equity and quality of K–12 public education in the U.S. Together with our partners, we work to give more students a solid educational foundation and the requisite skills to compete successfully in the global economy.
Launched in 2005, the Developing Futures™ program has focused its work in seven urban school districts, home to significant GE businesses. In Louisville, KY.; Cincinnati, OH; Stamford, CT; Erie, PA; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; and Milwaukee, WI, GE employees play a critical role helping educators to accelerate change and foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and accountability to improve student achievement.
The spark behind this initiative has been applying the same processes and ideas that have made GE a successful corporate enterprise to school districts in need of change. Our focus has been on collaboration, accountability, a robust management structure adapted to the needs of the local community. The initiative has also allowed for the sharing of best practices, piloting ideas, and networking among the seven districts, creating a synergy of improvement and innovation while at the same time tailoring efforts to the specific issues in each location. Overall, our work has helped students prepare for the college-and career-readiness.
The Developing Futures Program has invested more than $250 million and 1.6 million volunteer hours to support student achievement and professional development for teachers in K–12 public schools across the U.S. In addition, the GE Foundation regularly convenes business leaders and educators to share best practices and drive impactful partnerships in education across 27 cities, 42 states, and 5 countries.