Spartanburg Academic Movement earns proof point through shared community vision

StriveTogether is excited to announce that Cradle to Career Network member Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, has achieved the Network’s highest designation of proof point. SAM has aligned school districts, community organizations, the chamber of commerce and policymakers around a cradle-to-career vision. The partnership supported seven school districts to use continuous…

Seeding Success reaches proof point through community collaboration and data use

StriveTogether is excited to congratulate Cradle to Career Network member Seeding Success in Shelby County, Tenn., for achieving the Network’s highest designation of proof point. Reaching proof point recognizes communitywide efforts to change systems and improve outcomes for children. Seeding Success has demonstrated a strong commitment to using data in decision-making, building the capabilities of…

Learn to Earn Dayton achieves proof point as systems change to support students

StriveTogether is excited to announce Learn to Earn Dayton in Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, as the sixth community in the Cradle to Career Network to reach the proof point designation. Achieving proof point recognizes improved results for kids through collectively focusing on shared outcomes and implementing effective policies and practices. Here are a few…

Understanding identity

Before joining the StriveTogether team, I taught ninth-grade algebra in a low-income school district. The students I taught are amazing, passionate, smart and driven. I still care deeply about them, and during my time as their teacher, I felt that I was making an impact on their academic and social-emotional well-being. But while in the…

Lessons from Oakland: Equity Summit session shares power of aligning passion

Criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin said, “Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” This quote was mentioned during PolicyLink’s national Equity Summit at the session, Intergenerational Networks Supporting Black and Brown Boys and Young Men: Lessons from Oakland. The session shared the insights of Oakland groups that represent and work…

Choose your team wisely: Lessons from building the capabilities of cross-sector leaders

These insights about team composition and other learnings from building capabilities collaboratively will be shared at the 2018 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, April 3-5. Attend StriveTogether’s workshop, Building Improvement Science Capability Across Communities to Achieve Systems Change, on Thursday, April 5, at 10:15 a.m. PT. When I was in fourth grade, we…