FAQS

What does the Alliance do?

The Alliance for Education exists to promote excellence in Seattle Public Schools. We partner with the district in key strategic initiatives that aim to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps between student groups in an effort to ensure that every child is prepare for college, career, and life. 

In addition to our strategic work, we offer awards and scholarships to principals, teachers, administrators, and students at SPS.

We also provide direct fiscal services and support to schools and school-related groups such as booster clubs and PTA organizations.

Is the Alliance for Education part of Seattle Public Schools?

No. The Alliance for Education is independent of the school district. We act as a partner with the district on initiatives, such as the Seattle Teacher Residency. While we exist to support and improve public education in Seattle, we are separate from the district itself.

Do other cities have organizations like the Alliance?

The Alliance for Education is a “Local Education Fund,” or LEF. There are approximately 80 LEFs across the country. Models vary, but we are united in our purpose to support and improve public education in the U.S.

Who is on your Board?

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a wonderful, engaged group of local business and community leaders. To learn more about our Board of Directors, see our Board page.

Who funds the Alliance?

We are grateful for the support of many local individuals, businesses, and foundations.  

How does the Alliance decide which initiatives to support?

The Alliance for Education works with the district and other community leaders to determine what type and level of investment best addresses student needs at a given time. 

We also work with funders and the district to secure grants that either support district-led programs or those directly managed at the Alliance. To learn more about specific programs, please visit Our Programs.

Does the Alliance have scholarship funds and/or awards for students and teachers?

Yes, several.  The Alliance for Education administers awards to principals, teachers, and students exhibiting excellence in the classroom.

Visit our Awards & Scholarships page to learn more.

Does the Alliance work directly with individual students?

Yes and no. While we do interact with students constantly, we primarily focus on systemic change in the district. We also partner with many amazing grassroots and direct service organizations who inform our direction and our work.

Does the Alliance help individual schools?

Yes and no.  Our investments are focused on system-wide changes that create the conditions for success for every child in every school. 

However, we do serve as “the bank” for more than 200 PTAs, booster clubs and school foundations.  In so doing, we provide extensive School Fiscal Services at no cost to schools. These services offer stability and accountability to groups with an ever-changing volunteer structure.

You can learn more about our School Fiscal Services here.

Can the Alliance make a donation to my school or organization?

No, the Alliance does not make donations or grants directly to schools.

Can the Alliance serve as a fiscal sponsor to my organization?

If your organization is affiliated with Seattle Public Schools, it’s possible. Please see our School Fiscal Services page to learn more about what kind of groups qualify for fiscal sponsorship.

How can I get involved?

There are plenty of ways that you can help support public education in Seattle!

  1. Taking an active role in your school and community. 
  2. Volunteer at our office or at one of our events. Contact Sara Circelli to learn more.
  3. Give to the Alliance for Education. Visit our Donation page to learn more.