Changemakers encourage using crisis as a catalyst during plenary at 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening

 Imagine you are a leader in your local community partnership and you face the following news: USA news reports, “1 in 10 schools are dropout factories.” 34 percent enrollment gap in pre-K. 32 percent of all third-graders read at grade level. This news can be disheartening for any leader. However, at Be the Change: Getting…

Connie and Steve Ballmer announce major investment in StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network

Today, Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group, announced a major investment in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. The announcement was made at the conclusion of Steve Ballmer’s morning plenary remarks in front of more than 400 community leaders representing local community-based partnerships across the country. The investment includes $10 million per year over…

Across Dallas County, outcomes are improving and systems are changing

As hundreds of leaders and practitioners across sectors arrive in Phoenix for Be the Change: Getting Results for Every Child, StriveTogether’s 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening, we are proud to announce the designation of the Commit Partnership in Dallas County, Texas, as our second Proof Point community, a recognition that outcomes are improving as…

Measuring civic infrastructure development: Reflections from the StriveTogether evaluation

Guest post by Justin Piff, a senior director at Equal Measure in Philadelphia, Penn. Despite national and international attention on collective impact since 2011, few individuals and institutions have articulated what it looks like or ought to look like in practice. In 2015, Equal Measure and StriveTogether set out to understand how civic infrastructure —…

From ‘dropout factories’ to record-high graduation in Tacoma, Washington

Guest post by Eric Wilson, president and CEO of Graduate Tacoma, a StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network community partnership in Tacoma, Wash. In 2010, just more than half of Tacoma students were graduating. Front-page headlines in USA Today pronounced Tacoma schools “dropout factories.” The incoming superintendent declared the 55 percent graduation rate “shameful” for the 30,000-student school district. That…

Where are they now? StriveTogether catches up with past Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award winners

Named after one of the earliest and staunchest champions of our work, the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award annually recognizes a local advocate from a community in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. We’re excited to open the nomination process for this year’s award. A tireless advocate for kids, Bill Henningsgaard brought together…