Getting Smart is a unique hybrid of entities that combines tailored advisory services with field-building advocacy. Serving as a central hub, we facilitate movement building, cross-organization collaboration, and community organizing. Our mission is to unite impact-oriented partners, fostering a collaborative ecosystem that accelerates innovation in teaching, leading, and learning. We bridge organizational gaps and leverage collective momentum to address both educational and societal challenges.

At Getting Smart, we are committed to creating a positive impact on education and communities.


Getting Smart’s advisory solutions are tailored to each partner’s desires to drive innovation for equity.

Learning Design

Our team empowers leaders in learning. We specialize in instructional, school and system design, network advising and innovative leadership and learning models. This work includes workshops, design sessions, coaching, thought partnering, innovative program design and implementation support for learner-centered personalized learning. Services include:

  • Development/implementation of Learner Profile, Portrait of a Graduate, Educator or Leaders
  • Unpacking, supporting and scaling Instructional Design
  • New School and program design
  • On-demand, flexible coaching


We provide strengths-based, flexible, client driven strategic support to a variety of organizations and school districts. Our varied strategy partnerships include project design, planning and management, network design and development, scaling strategies, strategic guidance, technical assistance, product and brand development, product development, market positioning and go-to-market strategy, organizational development, strategic communications, and education foundation investment strategy. Services include:

  • Scaling and strategic planning
  • Product and brand development
  • Foundation investment strategy
  • Organizational development
  • On-demand strategic support and coaching
  • Strategic Communications 

Professional Learning

We design and facilitate in-person and virtual school and learning tours, speaking engagements, professional learning, and workshops. We also work with clients to develop event strategies and provide event management and logistics. Services include:

  • Leadership development
  • Community of practice development and facilitation
  • Webinars and workshops
  • Keynotes
  • School tours
  • Coaching


Through grantmaking and storytelling campaigns, Getting Smart Collective has worked with countless partners, organizations and schools to focus on innovations that drive equity.

Campaign & Initiatives

Getting Smart Collective designs and implements high impact, change making, thought leadership campaigns and initiatives with foundations and learning organizations. This movement building work includes spotting, naming and framing emerging issues, initiative and partnership building, campaign management, and tool and resource development, publication and dissemination. This includes:

  • Thought leadership campaigns
  • Tool and resource development
  • Community and partnership building
  • Advocacy

Community & Storytelling

For over a decade Getting Smart Collective has built an engaged community of leaders, learners and educators. We stay connected to our community and build awareness and momentum for innovations in learning through our media channel and learning experiences. Our community includes:

  • Events
  • Town halls
  • Podcasts and blogs
  • Our weekly newsletter
  • Social media 
  • Storytelling partnerships and workshops

Fund Management

We actively fund and support innovative and high impact learning opportunities through our grantmaking and program management services.

  • Program development 
  • Grantmaking and grants management 
  • Program evaluation 

Our Reach

We partner with schools, districts, and networks, as well as learning and philanthropic organizations.


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Work With Us

What is a challenge or set of challenges you feel Getting Smart can support? We personalize all of our projects in order to meet each individual partner’s needs.