P-12 Education


SEF undertakes a wide range of strategies and programs that involve research, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, and outreach to improve the education of low income students and students of color. Our P-12 Education program works to:
Improve education policy and practice from Pre-Kindergarten through graduation
Inform the public about vital education issues and policy options
Strengthen parent, school, and private sector efforts to better meet the needs of underachieving students
Promote high quality, universal education for all children
Learn more about our P-12 Education programs and publications.

Higher Education


Through research, policy analysis, and programs of service SEF’s higher education program aims to improve student success, degree completion, and institutional effectiveness. These programs are particularly focused on poor and underrepresented students and the institutions of higher education most likely to serve them. SEF is working to improve the capacity of Minority-Serving Institutions to serve more students in ways that markedly improve their chances of earning a college degree. SEF often partners with leading higher education associations, government agencies, research communities and civic organizations to advance its higher education programs.
Learn more about our Higher Education programs and publications.

Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI)


The Southern Education Leadership Initiative is a unique leadership development program designed to advance equity and excellence in education in the poorest regions of the country, from pre-kindergarten through higher education. Since its inception in 2004, the Leadership Initiative has provided summer internships to over 135 undergraduate and graduate students at roughly 70 nonprofits throughout the South. The program was founded to acknowledge with not just words but with deeds, the 50th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which marked the end of legal segregation in schools.
Learn more about our SELI program and publications.

Fellowship for Innovation and Change


The Southern Education Foundation is initiating a fellows program designed to accelerate innovation and change in education research, policy, and practice. Through this effort, SEF seeks to establish a cross-section of talented and active professionals interested in developing cutting-edge research, policy solutions, and innovative practice to improve the educational outcomes of all students from pre-kindergarten to higher education.
This three-year fellowship seeks to achieve three primary purposes:
- To promote innovative research, policy development, and programming aimed at improving educational quality, equity, degree attainment and educational outcomes for low-income and minority students;

- To strengthen the pipeline, network, and presence of talented and accomplished scholars, public policy professionals, and practitioners who will play important roles in achieving educational reform over the next decade; and

- To create synergistic opportunities between SEF’s programmatic work and the work of fellows in ways that improves, impacts and advances a common cause.
Learn more about our Fellowship for Innovation and Change program.

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