Communities Overview

Focusing on the success of every child from cradle to career

For decades, communities have worked to improve student achievement through a piecemeal set of reforms and a siloed set of systems and programs. These efforts have not led to the desired improvements in student achievement.

Now, more than ever, it’s obvious that cross-sector organizations need to work together to help every child succeed from cradle to career.

KnowledgeWorks partners with communities to implement locally focused, results-driven school models, while also assisting communities in building collective impact partnerships to bring everyone together to work to improve student outcomes.

The StriveTogether Network

StriveTogether bring proven expertise, effective resources and a nationally-recognized collective impact approach that enables communities to break down silos and work together to improve education outcomes for students from cradle to career.

The StriveTogether approach helps communities build on existing opportunities within their communities by using lessons learned through the national network. As a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, StriveTogether has designed a strategic assistance framework that acts as a guide by which communities can organize existing assets and identify gaps in order to build their own unique civic infrastructure as quickly as possible.

Through this framework, more than 60 communities throughout the country are working together to improve education results for kids. By bringing together early childhood, K-12, higher education, non-profit organizations, business, government and philanthropy through collective impact partnerships, communities in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network are aligning resources, sharing data, shaping policy and scaling programs that really work for students.

Read stories of impact from across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network to find out more about how collective impact partnerships are driving change and improving education outcomes for every child, cradle to career.

Learn more about StriveTogether

KnowledgeWorks Early College High Schools

With an increasingly prominent job skills gap, sluggish education outcomes and a growing population of traditionally underserved students, communities are investing more time, energy and resources into building a workforce pipeline to keep the local economy thriving.

Along with building partnerships with local post-secondary institutions to allow students access to college credit, early college high schools have also established relationships with local companies to help develop specific skillsets needed in local industries and career paths.

For example, one early college high school in Ohio has built a successful partnership with a local health system for career pathways in bio-medical engineering, health information technology and emergency medicine. Another school has a great partnership with the local metropolitan ballet to offer fine arts college credit to students while a different school works closely with a car manufacturer to help students develop skills needed in advanced manufacturing.

Through early college high schools, KnowledgeWorks partners with local communities and schools to build an education experience that is connected to local economic development. This helps to ensure students graduate with the skills necessary for meaningful work within their community as well as to be successful in college.

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