Core Values

Power of Family

Families are bold change agents ready to use their strength and voice to overcome the opportunity gap and lead the movement for educational equity.

Family is the most powerful unit of change for a child. Families are active leaders who have the tools to define, demand, and lead equitable systemic change to transform our public education system.

Equitable Systemic Change

Families are transforming our public education system to create sustainable solutions for change based on their needs and demands.

When the families who are most impacted by educational inequity work in partnership with teachers, school leaders, the school district, and elected officials, our school system transforms for the better. Engaged families identify the evolving needs of the community to ensure all children receive the excellent education they deserve.


We are committed to love, honor, and respect our communities and each other.

Families, partners, and the RISE team give their time, knowledge, and passion to improve the future of all children. We acknowledge this with gratitude, so those leading the movement for educational equity feel valued and appreciated.

Excellent Education

We redefine family involvement in schools while empowering families to reinvent their role in the public education system.

Families step into their power as their children’s first and most important teachers and advocates. They challenge the education system and ensure that it is accountable for providing an excellent education for their children.


We have the courage to break down barriers and overcome adversity in the pursuit of an excellent public education for low-income families and families of color.

Families work tirelessly to shatter societal assumptions. They prove that, regardless of race and class, all children can learn and be successful.

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