The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

Read the BBA Mission Statement and Accountability Statement to learn more. Use the BBA short video and infographic to spread the word.

Access the 2013 BBA report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement, here. And access our April 2013 report, Market-Oriented Reforms' Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and executive summary, here.

Following up on Rhetoric Trumps Reality, BBA offers an evidence-based exploration of lack of gains in DCPS under Rhee-Henderson reforms and questions to ask when 2014 "proficiency" numbers are released.

Check out the first in a year-long series of BBA podcasts that use interviews, stories, and data to establish the evidence base need for a comprehensive approach to education and programs and policies to advance that approach.

  • Quality early childhood education prepares children for kindergarten and establishes a strong, rich foundation for later development and learning.

  • Health and nutrition supports ensure that children come to school immunized, well fed, and without toothaches or acute asthma attacks that prevent them from focusing and learning.

    After- and summer-school enrichment provides space to do and help with homework, adult support and mentoring, and the academic, cultural, and recreational activities that are needed to develop creative thinkers, informed voters, and civic leaders.

  • Accountability systems support and enhance good teaching and leadership and offer effective ways of identifying excellent teachers to mentor peers and weak teachers who should switch jobs.

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BBA's Research Base

The BBA Bibliography provides synopses of seminal research works that demonstrate how living in poverty impedes educational attainment and the efficacy of a broader, bolder approach to education.

Reforming truly disadvantaged schools prove[s] especially nettlesome. Our findings represent a challenge to the prevailing political rhetoric that all schools can improve in their effectiveness. To be sure, we fervently want to believe these claims. But, we also now know that all schools do not start in the same place, and those that are truly disadvantaged have enormous barriers to overcome.

From Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago by Anthony S. Byrk, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Stuart Luppescu, and John Q Easton

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News Feature

  • July 2, 2014: Huffington Post

    Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

    By Elaine Weiss

    Too often, news on the education front is all gloom and doom. Achievement gaps are stubborn, and current education reforms don't seem to be making schools better. In communities across the country, however, teachers, parents, communities, and local leaders are doing great things in and with public schools. As we celebrate America's independence, and the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key's penning of the Star Spangled Banner, let's also celebrate examples of comprehensive approaches to education that are doing it right and seeing great results.


A Congressional Briefing: The Effect of the Great Recession on Child Well-Being

As President Obama noted in his State of the Union address, while the Great Recession technically ended in June 2009, many families continue to feel the effects. Child poverty continues to rise; 14.7 million children were living below the poverty line in 2013. Join First Focus for a briefing, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to discuss these and other trends in recent years and get an update on the 2010 policy brief on child well-being with respect to health, food security and nutrition, housing stability, and welfare.

Become a Signatory

In addition to the high-profile original signatories, many of whom helped to draft BBA's mission statement, hundreds of people from across the country who agree with BBA’s mission continue to sign on. Join them!

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