Jeff Edmondson

Creating a Marketplace for Results

March 9, 2017
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One of StriveTogether’s great mentors and coaches, Jolie Bain Pillsbury, once had a brilliant insight about our work after engaging with a cohort of communities. She said, “I finally get it — you are trying to create a marketplace for results.” After much reflection, this is a great way to sum up what we do. We have […]

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Key Lessons for Applying Continuous Improvement Tools to Improve Educational Outcomes at Scale

November 18, 2016
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Collective impact has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the social sector, and, unfortunately, the term gets used for a range of activities that deviate from the original intent: achieving results at scale. Our focus with the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network has been to establish standards for what this work really takes to […]

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Rise Up: Three Insights from the 7th Annual Cradle to Career Network Convening

October 4, 2016
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The 7th Annual Cradle to Career Network Convening was an outstanding success! This is due solely to the great work each and every person in the room does to achieve our ambitious vision – supporting the success of every child from cradle to career – and our short-term goal: Establishing five Proof Points by June […]

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Engaging Higher Education in the Data Utilization Revolution

September 2, 2016

In 2013, the data revolution was going full steam ahead in K-12 education, but it was going in the wrong direction. Everything was focused on using data for evaluative purposes and placing blame instead of using data as a resource to help drive improvement. The collective impact movement, when implemented with rigor and discipline in […]

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Success by Design, Not by Chance: Building Capability to Achieve Results at Scale

May 23, 2016

While facilitating a planning session with a group of communities  as part of the Corridors of College Success Initiative, Luzelma Canales of the RGV Focus partnership in Rio Grande Valley made a profound summary statement that captured the heart of their work: “We see what we do as making sure success – graduating from college – […]

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Sustaining Leadership Engagement: It’s All in How You Set Up the Room

March 9, 2016
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Picture yourself walking into the room where a collective impact partnership meeting is about to take place.  The room should not look like every other Board or committee meeting you’ve ever attended. Instead, it should feel like you are walking into a stadium where you have the score board clearly marked displaying the partnership’s critical […]

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Opportunities for Collective Impact in ESSA: Part Three

February 18, 2016
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There’s a lot of potential in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for communities interested in collective impact. I’ve already explored opportunities for states to develop their own accountability systems and how data can be used more effectively to improve outcomes for students. In this final installment of the series, I’m looking ahead to the […]

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Opportunities for Collective Impact in ESSA: Part Two

February 17, 2016
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What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for collective impact in education and cradle to career partnerships? In this blog series, I’m exploring the three key insights I believe ESSA holds for those interested in the collective impact movement. I discussed accountability systems in my first blog, and now I’d like you to […]

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Opportunities for Collective Impact in ESSA: Part One

February 16, 2016
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So what does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for collective impact in education and cradle to career partnerships? It’s hard to say exactly until the final regulations come out from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). But I was fortunate to get an opportunity to learn about the central tenants of the new […]

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We have the data; now what?

January 14, 2016
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A recent feature article in Ed Week explored the future of big data and analytics in education. Given this is a huge focus of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, I read it with great interest. I was encouraged by how much investment and expertise is being dedicated to building the technology infrastructure – mostly […]

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