Originally founded in 1867 as the Peabody Fund, the Southern Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by partners and donors committed to advancing equitable education policies and practices that elevate learning for low-income students and students of color in the southern states. Our work is achieved through analyzing and amplifying promising ideas through research, government affairs, civic engagement and leadership development. We develop and disseminate research-based solutions for policymakers and grow the capacity of education leaders and influencers to create systemic change within K-12 and post-secondary education.
Southern Education Leadership Initiative's
SEF Announces Our
Looking Back, Looking Forward
What It Will Take to Permanently
Close the K-12 Digital Divide
Districts Advancing Racial EquityTool
in Distance Learning
Dashboard and Briefs
A Leader In Education For Over 150 Years
Keeping Equity In Focus During
The COVID-19 Pandemic
While the coronavirus pandemic impacts all students, students from under-served communities have an even greater need for the academic, social, emotional and nutritional supports schools provide. In many situations, schools also provide a place of safety. Many school and district leaders are doing the best they can to fill the gap, but they—like all of us who are navigating this new reality—are dealing with limited and evolving information while focusing on the day-to-day needs of students and families on the ground.