A community of practice dedicated to sharing and developing knowledge to improve urban public school facilities and the communities they serve.


The Building Educational Success Together (BEST) collaboration is an initiative led by the 21st Century School Fund which engages local and national. BEST is fueled by the needs and accomplishments of local partners who are working to improve public schools and neighborhoods in their communities.

The work of the local partners provides critical “field testing” of model policy and practices - testing the practicability of strategies for constituency building, financing, government reform, public/private partnerships, intergovernmental collaboration, and school facility management. Without the active engagement and collaboration of these “living laboratories” for change, BEST could not and would not exist. In short the models for positive change grow out of real-life problem solving.

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BEST Partners