The power of one: Three reasons an elementary principal says real change starts small

Guest post by Melissa McCoy for StriveTogether. The data is stark: Our schools are not preparing every student to succeed in life. Seeking change, educators try programs and initiatives to improve outcomes for kids. These reform efforts often treat students the same, using widespread, one-size-fits-all approaches. But each student is unique and a few solutions…

From distraction to connection: Engaging with families about technology

Guest blog post by Tracy McDaniel, Early Childhood Accountability Partnership coordinator at Cradle to Career Network member Mission: Graduate. It all started with a question that we heard over and over from service providers across Albuquerque: How do we talk with families about technology? Parents are busy, distracted and often checking their devices. Phone alerts and…

From starting small to building community: Working effectively for kids and families

Guest blog post by Ida Thompson, director of national network and program affairs at Spartanburg Academic Movement. 2012 in Spartanburg, S.C.: Too many children were entering kindergarten not ready to learn. Access to developmental screening for young children was non-existent. Only a few educators and advocates kept early childhood issues front and center. The Children’s…

Ballmer Group Grantee Spotlight: StriveTogether

This post originally appeared on Ballmer Group’s website.  A data-driven approach to community partnership that supports kids cradle to career After the first five years of the original StrivePartnership, nine percent more children were ready for kindergarten and college enrollment had jumped 10 percent. By Jeff Edmondson, Executive Director – Community Mobilization In 2006, more…

Creating ripple effects: Building a culture of continuous quality improvement in Arizona

Guest blog post by StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network member Cradle to Career Partnership In Pima County, Arizona, the number of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in high-quality early education rose from 16.4 percent to 21.5 percent over two years. But nearly 15,000 kids still don’t have access to these programs. We need community leaders to…

Friends in the work

Guest blog post by Christian Paige, educator, keynote speaker and spoken word poet. The StriveTogether national Cradle to Career Network Convening last week was nothing short of amazing. The event was a metaphor for me. I had the privilege of opening and closing the convening with spoken word performances honoring two leaders who have made significant…

Welcome to Seattle! Help students discover paths beyond high school this week

Guest blog post by Kristen “Avery” Avery, college and career success director, and Alejandra Pérez, college and career success coordinator, at the Community Center for Education Results. Welcome to our fellow cradle-to-career colleagues coming from all over the country to join us for this year’s StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening. This is an exciting…

Eastside Pathways welcomes all to StriveTogether’s 2018 national convening

Guest blog post by Stephanie Cherrington, executive director of Eastside Pathways. Eastside Pathways and our partners extend a warm greeting to the community organizations, individuals and leaders from the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. We’re thrilled to welcome you to Seattle, a city known not just for the Space Needle, Starbucks and the rain, but also for…