A public-private path toward better education: A truly remarkable tale

Forbes Someone might want to write a book about Spartanburg, S.C. As an innovative city, it seems to be ahead of most other American towns. A quarter century ago, it partnered with BMW to create 11,000 new jobs at the

How SCOE, Stanislaus Community Foundation are teaming to make young kids ‘Ready!’

The Modesto Bee Mini construction workers, tiny first responders and junior engineers were running around with abandon last summer at the Head Start preschool at Modesto Junior College. The preschoolers were unaware of the attention focused on them and their

National partnership tackles disparities in rural America

Save the Children, StriveTogether, Partners for Education at Berea College and the Annie E. Casey Foundation focus on improving outcomes for children through  $1.2 million Rural Accelerator Initiative Save the Children, which works in rural communities across the United States

Agencies aim to work better together to help rural children

U.S. News & World Report In Cocke County, Tennessee, Kathy Holt is meeting with parents, day care providers and others to spread the word about what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten. The former educator is among

Collective impact works

Equal Measure validates StriveTogether community change framework CINCINNATI, OH — While collective impact is widely regarded as the best approach for large-scale social change, evidence of its effect in communities has been scant until now. StriveTogether, a national network of nearly

Equity Fellows initiative seeks to make enduring difference for students

Dayton Daily News African American boys and girls are behind their white peers on too many measures of academic achievement. These distressing disparities also show up in students’ absenteeism and suspension rates. Those numbers matters because missing school has a

Guest opinion: Doing whatever it takes for every child comes full circle

Deseret News Since its earliest days, the work of United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnerships has been guided by the phrase, “trying hard is not good enough.” Also the title of a book by Mark Friedman about how to

Three StriveTogether communities selected for community-led playground project to give local kids more opportunities to play

CINCINNATI, OH — StriveTogether and KaBOOM! are partnering together to increase equitable access to play for kids across the country. Three communities from the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network have been selected to lead a playground project with KaBOOM!, the national

The evolving promise of pay for success

Stanford Social Innovation Review Despite growing pains, the pay for success funding model is finding renewed success in communities across the United States and is primed to evolve into an ever-more-powerful tool for social change. Read more

ROC the Future, Common Ground Health to build community playground

Rochester Business Journal ROC the Future, in partnership with Common Ground Health’s Healthi Kids Initiative, is one of the three StriveTogether communities that will work with KaBOOM! to design a community playground that will help close racial and socioeconomic gaps

Modine Foundation commits $200K to Higher Expectations for Racine County

The Journal Times Modine Manufacturing Co. this week announced a Modine Foundation contribution of $200,000 over five years to Higher Expectations for Racine County. Read more

MCS makes progress on 1,000 ways to improve

Muncie Star Press Muncie Community Schools, which has one of the highest percentages of needy students in the state, took time out this week to work on an academic innovation plan required by the state. In kicking off the 1½-day