About The Jacobs Institute

Our Mission

Empowering K–20 inclusive educational innovation through pioneering research, development, and professional learning

Who We Are

Over the past eight years, The Jacobs Institute has established itself as a credible and important voice in K-12 education, particularly in advancing innovation and equity in our schools. In collaboration with some of the nation's largest urban school districts, The Jacobs Institute’s team of experts has taken a comprehensive approach to identify best practices, build capacity and improve student outcomes through research and evaluation, strategic direction and professional learning.

Our History

In Recognition of Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs

In 2017, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs became the founding donors to establish the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education as a merger between the Center for Education Policy and Law, the Mobile Technology Learning Center, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education. Their ongoing commitment to our institutes stem from their passion for education and their belief that technology can create better, more innovative, and more equitable learning opportunities for students.  Their generosity has funded graduate students and post-docs in the institute; technology integration in North Carolina, Texas, and New Bedford - Dr. Jacobs’s hometown; and, most recently, the development of an app to support social good innovation with teens and young adults.  We are exceedingly grateful for their dedication and support.  Read more


Group photo of leaders within the Jacobs Institute.