StriveTogether Convenings

2015 Exploring Communities Convening

March 24-25, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN

What: Come together with other early stage cradle to career partnerships from across the country to learn strategies from StriveTogether staff and representatives from advanced Cradle to Career Network communities. During the convening, share and network with other community leaders who are facing similar challenges and leave with concrete ideas on how to move cradle to career work forward in your community.

Where: Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

When: March 24-25, 2015; Time: 12:30 pm ET on March 24.-3:30 pm ET on March 25

Who: Early stage cradle to career partnerships working toward Exploring quality benchmarks in the StriveTogether Theory of Action, for more information contact

How: Register to attend here.  The Early Bird registration fee is $595.  Beginning on February 25, 2015 the regular registration fee is $750.

Registration will be open until March 10, 2015 or the event sells out.

2014 Cradle to Career Network Convening

Making Waves: Action that Moves Outcomes

October 15-17, 2014 in San Diego, CA

What: Join Cradle to Career Network members from communities throughout the country who are working to improve student outcomes through building cradle to career civic infrastructure.  Come learn, share and network with others doing like work and facing similar challenges.  Leave with concrete ideas on how to move this work further faster in your community to get to Proof Point.

Where: Paradise Point, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109

When: October 15-17, 2014; Time: 5:30 pm PT on Oct 15.-2:30 pm PT on Oct. 17

Who: Cradle to Career Network members who have completed the Civic Infrastructure Assessment and met the Exploring quality benchmarks in the Theory of Action are eligible to attend.  For more information on Network membership, contact

How: The Cradle to Career Network Convening is SOLD OUT.

View our press release here.

View the Detailed Convening Agenda here.

2014 Exploring Communities Convening

Building a Foundation for Sustainable Civic Infrastructure

March 24-25, 2014 in Chicago, IL

The first ever Exploring Communities Convening was a great success with more than 150 attendees from 46 communities, 19 states and 2 countries (England & New Zealand) coming together in Chicago to learn about the early stages of building a cradle to career partnership.  

View the detailed agenda here.

2013 Cradle to Career Network Convening

Gateways to Quality: Raising the Bar of Collective Impact Together

As communities continue the work of building cradle to career civic infrastructure, it is key that we embrace the demanding level of rigor that is fundamentally critical for sustained success. Through this commitment to quality, we ensure that the field of collective impact does not get diluted. By raising the bar and working together to hit quality benchmarks, move through gateways, and achieve proof point communities, we will be better able to serve every child, every step of the way, from cradle to career.  

The 2013 Cradle to Career Network Convening focused on providing practical & tangible resources, a way to connect with other communities doing this work, and engage in a deep dialogue around key topics to help raise the bar of collective impact together. In line with our theme, "Gateways to Quality: Raising the Bar of Collective Impact Together," sessions were organized around the gateways in the Theory of Action.  We hope you left this year's event with a deeper appreciation for your own accomplishments and a clear plan for applying knowledge in your own communities.

View the detailed Convening agenda here.  

Highlights from the 2013 Cradle to Career Network Convening

We are excited to share this full recap of the Convening, complete with traditional and social media that emerged from the event.

Check out our Storify

2012 Strive Cradle to Career Network Convening

Moving from Proving to Improving...

Data has been the informant, the translator, and the compass in a lot of what we do; but historically, data has also been the punisher, penalizing organizations and programs when scores or outcomes have slipped.  Yes, data needs to motivate change. But instead of using data to prove success or failure, we will have more impact when we use it to continuously improve the kinds of supports we provide to ensure every one of our children is successful.

Materials and resources from the 2012 Convening can be accessed here.


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