Former Second Lady Dr. Biden continues her lifetime career as educator
CINCINNATI, OH — StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to improve education for every child, today announced Dr. Jill Biden as a keynote speaker for this year’s Cradle to Career Network Convening from October 10-12, 2018, in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Biden has been an educator for more than three decades. Before moving to Washington, D.C., she taught English at a community college in Delaware, at a public high school and at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. Dr. Biden earned her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, and she holds two master’s degrees.
StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Network members from across the country will attend the ninth annual Cradle to Career Network Convening from October 10-12 in Seattle, Wash. This year, the event’s theme is built on the notion that to go far in our pursuit of equity for every child, we must go together. Registration for Network members will open in June.
As second lady, Dr. Biden worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, all while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia.
In the fall of 2010, Dr. Biden hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama, and she continued to work on this outreach on behalf of the Administration — visiting campuses, meeting with students and teachers, as well as industry representatives around the country. In 2012, she traveled across the country as part of the “Community College to Career” tour to highlight successful industry partnerships between community colleges and employers.
With the February 2017 launch of the Biden Foundation, Dr. Biden and her husband have continued their commitment to supporting community colleges, strengthening the middle class, protecting women and children against violence, and supporting military families.
StriveTogether helps communities to build stronger cradle-to-career partnerships through a methodical and collaborative process, using data to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Communities in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network commit to improving outcomes for major milestones in a child’s life. The work in each community is coordinated by a coalition of local partners with progress measured along the cradle-to-career continuum, from kindergarten readiness through postsecondary success and employment.
StriveTogether leads a national movement of nearly 70 communities to get better results in every child’s life. We coach and connect partners across the country to close gaps by using local data, especially for children of color and low-income children. Communities using our proven approach have seen measurable gains in kindergarten readiness, academic achievement and postsecondary success. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 10.4 million students, involves 10,800 organizations and has partners in 30 states and Washington, D.C.