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Local Communities Influence Policy to Impact Academic Outcomes for Students

Improving educational outcomes for students can be hard work. But sometimes, due to certain legislation and policy barriers, it can be nearly impossible. Local Dallas-based organizations were struggling to measure and improve kindergarten readiness rates. With different readiness tests across multi ... Read more »

New Resources Help Communities Share and Protect Student Data to Improve Education Outcomes

Collective impact partnerships, place-based initiatives, community school efforts and many other organizations rely on access to student-level data to personalize ways to help students succeed. But data sharing comes with the crucial responsibility to use it effectively and responsibly, and to prot ... Read more »

StriveTogether Partners with Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

StriveTogether announced today the receipt of a three-year, $300,000 grant fromThe Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation(DRKF) to support nationwide collective impact work in the education sector. The new funds will contribute to StriveTogether’s general operating expenses and help grow the organ ... Read more »

StriveTogether Welcomes Four New Network Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE StriveTogether announced today the addition of four new community partnerships to its Cradle to Career Network. The national collective impact initiative now includes 53 community partnerships from 28 states and Washington, D.C, all working to connect cross-sector leaders arou ... Read more »

Striving Together Book Unveiled at SUNY Conference on Collective Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014| New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson today released Striving Together, one of the first-ever collective impact books, chronicling some of the nation’s f ... Read more »

Portland’s Dan Ryan Wins StriveTogether National Award for Collective Impact

San Diego, Calif., Oct. 17, 2014—StriveTogether presented its 2014 Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award to Dan Ryan, CEO of All Hands Raised, the ‘backbone’ organization for the All Hands Raised Partnership in Multnomah County at its National Cradle to Career Convenin ... Read more »

New policy guide calls on federal policymakers to support collective impact

At a time when federal dollars are limited and educational investments are tight, collective impact has emerged as a method to align programs and dollars around measureable goals to support every student through school. Today, KnowledgeWorks released a new policy guide, “Improving Student Out ... Read more »

StriveTogether to host national conference, drawing more than 400 attendees

More than 400 educators, elected officials, community leaders, business executives, nonprofit professionals and policymakers will attend the fifth-annual national StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening from Oct. 15 – 17 in San Diego. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network brin ... Read more »

StriveTogether and Living Cities Launch Collective Impact Initiative to Drive Collaboration around Employment Outcomes in U.S. cities

Contact: Nadia Owusu, Living Cities,, 646-442-2220 | Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks,, 513-929-1310 StriveTogether and Living Cities today announced the launch of Prepare Learning Circle, a collective impact initiative aimed at driving collaboration ar ... Read more »

Jeff Edmondson of StriveTogether to participate in panel discussion at 2014 National Urban League Conference

This week, StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson will share his experience with the collective impact work in the education sector on the national stage. Leveraging StriveTogether’s experience around the country, Edmondson will participate in a panel discussion at the 2014 National ... Read more »

StriveTogether Expert Convening to engage advanced cradle-to-career communities

This week, StriveTogether will engage its national cradle to career network in a new, exciting way. At the first-ever StriveTogether Expert Convening in Salt Lake City, six of the most advanced cradle to career partnerships will gather to share successes and discuss actions that move outcomes. Dur ... Read more »

StriveTogether and Harvard Business School Partner to Talk Collective Impact

On Tuesday, May 13 2014, leaders at StriveTogether and researchers at Harvard Business School's U.S. Competitiveness Project, as well as leaders in education work across the country, discussed a recent case study published by the Harvard Business School, “StriveTogether: Reinventing the Lo ... Read more »

StriveTogether Movement for Collective Impact Attracting More Than 40 Cities Nationwide to Explore Investment

Civic leaders, educators, and community organizers have gathered to take part in StriveTogether’s “2014 Exploring Communities Convening” national conference. The conference helps communities from across the country develop a cradle-to-career approach to improve education att ... Read more »

StriveTogether announces Cradle to Career Catalyst Awards during 4th annual convening

United Way Worldwide, Ford Foundation and three StriveTogether sites in Milwaukee, Richmond, Va., and Central New Mexico were honored during the 2013 StriveTogether Annual Convening in Dallas on September 25-27 for their roles in advancing and scaling national cradle to career initiatives. Also at ... Read more »

Dallas to host 2013 Strive Cradle to Career Convening

More than 350 educators, elected officials, community leaders, business leaders and others representing 63 communities in 35 states and the District of Columbia are expected to attend the 4th annual StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening September 25-27 at the Fairmont Dallas downtown. ... Read more »

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson receives Independent Sector's 2012 American Express NGen Leadership Award

StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson today will receive Independent Sector's 2012 American Express NGen Leadership Award, which recognizes one nonprofit leader under age 40 who's demonstrated significant impact addressing critical societal needs. Edmondson will receive during the ... Read more »

Milwaukee to play host to Strive Cradle to Career Convening

More than 350 educators, elected officials, community leaders, business leaders and others representing 60 communities in 31 states are expected to attend the 2012 national Strive convening September 27 and 28 at the Frontier Airlines Center downtown. Target, which has a long history of supporting ... Read more »

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson to discuss ‘collective impact’ at national Points of Light conference in Chicago today

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson today will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, CNN Anchor and Correspondent Soledad O’Brien and other education leaders to address how public service and volunteerism can help influence education in the United States. Sponsored by ... Read more »

StriveTogether’s work cited in White House Council for Community Solutions report as a leading example of community collaborative success

The White House Council for Community Solutions has cited theThe report, titled “Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth,” is meant to highlight successful strategies to empower America’s youth, particularly those between ages 16-24 who have become disconnected from both school a ... Read more »

$600,000 Microsoft Grant to Enhance Strive Network Collaboration

The $600,000 Microsoft grant will allow KnowledgeWorksto develop an online community to support the work of StriveTogether. KnowledgeWorks CIO, Jim Scott: “As KnowledgeWorks looked to expand our StriveTogether approach, we knew that we needed a strong technology platform and tools to enable c ... Read more »

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson praises Raise DC

StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson today praised Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and a team of community partners as they launched the District’s first cradle-to-career initiative called “Raise DC,” part of the mayor’s Early Success Framework. “Mayo ... Read more »

Strive Evaluation Planning Process RFP Released

StriveTogether has released an RFP that invites proposals to provide guidance and recommendations for the first of a two phase evaluation process to better understand how a) strategic assistance provided by StriveTogether staff supports the development and sustainability of “cradle to career c ... Read more »

National education think tank lauds Strive cradle to career efforts

Respected D.C.-based education think-tank, Education Sector, praised the cradle to career efforts of the StrivePartnership in a report released Tuesday on shared accountability titled "Striving for Success: Shared Accountability and School Improvement." Against the backdrop of the No Chil ... Read more »

Strive Releases Free Roadmap Tool for Communities

StriveTogether today launched the Build Your Own Roadmap tool that allows communities to visually represent the education continuum as it exists within their own unique civic infrastructure. Communities have been using the StriveTogether Roadmap as a guiding template since it was first conceptualiz ... Read more »

At Strive Convening, Edmondson tells group: "You Are All Pioneers"

Strive Managing Director Jeff Edmondson told an audience of more than 300 community leaders, business leaders, elected officials and others today they are pioneers, and stressed the importance of learning from mistakes during their journey. "We collectively need to fail forward and give each o ... Read more »

Portland to play host to second annual national Strive Cradle-to-Career Convening

More than 300 educators, elected officials, community leaders, business leaders and others from 20 communities throughout the United States are expected to attend the second annual national StriveTogether convening September 15 and 16 at the Governor Hotel downtown. The convening, titled “Pro ... Read more »

Program Rich and System Poor No More: Building Civic Infrastructure to Support 'Every Child. Cradle to Career'

StriveTogether, the national Cradle to Career network launched in 2011, will hold its national convening in Portland, Oregon on September 15-16 at The Governor Hotel. Registration is open on the StriveTogether website. The convening will explore how communities building a Cradle to Career civic inf ... Read more »

KnowledgeWorks subsidiary Strive, Living Cities, Coalition for Urban Serving Universities launch national cradle-to-career network

KnowledgeWorks President Chad P. Wick, StriveTogether President Jeff Edmonson, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Living Cities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities convened education and community leaders from more than 30 cities across the country today to launch the ... Read more »

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