Jennifer Blatz

‘Smart Aims Are Like Unicorns’ and Other Lessons From the Skid Row School for Large-scale Change

December 21, 2016
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Earlier this month, Parv Santhosh-Kumar and I had an incredible opportunity to gather together with 35 social sector leaders and spend three days at the Skid Row School for Large-scale Change. The experience was transformative. For one, it came at the end of what has been a year filled with high highs and low lows. […]

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Ms. Price goes to Washington!

September 29, 2016
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This week Juliette Price, director of The Albany Promise, a Sustaining member of the Cradle to Career Network, will travel to Washington, DC for a very special visit to the White House in which she will be recognized as one of eleven “White House Champions of Change for College Opportunity” for the work she is […]

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Our Mission is Possible – 2015 Convening Recap

October 15, 2015
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It’s the week after our National Cradle to Career Convening here at StriveTogether and our team is excited for what’s to come over the next year. We welcomed more than 370 agents of transformational change, representing 60 amazing cradle to career partnerships, to the beautiful city of Minneapolis for three days of networking, group problem solving, […]

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Expert Convening Navigates Policy Change

February 26, 2015
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I’m writing this post from Phoenix, Arizona, the site of StriveTogether’s Expert Convening: Understanding the Role of Policy to Impact Outcomes. Last year we inaugurated our Expert Convening series with an amazing gathering of cradle to career partnerships to discuss driving impact with data. This year we’re building on that success by bringing together an […]

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Cradle to Career Brain Power!

July 10, 2014

I’m writing this post in the midst of StriveTogether’s first-ever Expert Convening, a unique event that is bringing together six of the most advanced cradle to career network partnerships to discuss ways they are using data to drive action to improve student outcomes. Yesterday, day one of the two-day event, was jam-packed with interactive working […]

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Diving into Strategic Assistance and Meeting Benchmarks

March 27, 2014

There is something about the work of building cradle to career civic infrastructure in any community that requires a leap of faith. It is that quick and deep intake of breath before dunking your head underwater or, as my colleagues are fond of saying, “going all-in.” And I have to say that I have been actively […]

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Beyond Content Learning: The Importance of Social Emotional Competencies

September 18, 2013

Earlier today, I was reviewing sight words with my kindergartner and as we made our way down the list, she kept having trouble with one word in particular. She became very frustrated and wanted to quit, which lead to my panic thinking she wasn’t demonstrating self-efficacy, grit, perseverance or many of the very important social […]

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Are we doing the right things to address, or rather, prevent the issues of disparities in education?

April 30, 2013

I just read a fascinating opinion piece in the New York Times entitled “No Rich Child Left Behind.”  I wasn’t surprised by what I was reading.  There is a significant gap in education success between high-income families and those of lower socio-economic status. This we know and have known for years.  What did surprise me […]

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Quality Benchmarks for Cradle to Career Collective Impact

April 23, 2013

When the Collective Impact article appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review back in early 2011, our phones began ringing off the hook with communities wanting to learn more about the work of building cradle to career civic infrastructure.  Thanks to support from Living Cities we had already worked to capture lessons and work with other […]

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Big Data: What can be learned by the 2012 Presidential Election and how it can transform education

November 9, 2012

The way in which the Obama campaign used big data to drive strategy is something that will be studied, published about and emulated in future campaigns. Let’s hope that the next big story is about how big data is being used to transform education. In a recently published report from Brookings, Darrell M. West ponders the learning environment of the future in which technology enables instant feedback and the teacher becomes a “data scientist.” Why must we wait for the future to achieve this? Big data is all around us. It was used to elect a President. Now, let’s put the systems and infrastructure in place so that we can use big data to ensure every student achieves, cradle to career.

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