The Alliance for Excellent Education is a national policy and advocacy organization that works to make every child a high school graduate—to prepare them for college, work, and to be contributing members of society. Founded in 2001, the Alliance focuses on America's six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.
Collaborative provides the Alliance for Excellent Education with advise and expertise on a wide range of issues, including research and analysis, project management, the development of written policy and advocacy documents, and the development and coordination of public engagement events.
Achieve Hartford! is an independent, nonprofit organization of business and community leaders that focuses on student achievement and supporting effective and sustained school reform in the Hartford Public Schools. With a commitment to education excellence, we work in partnership with the business and civic communities and the school district toward a shared vision of improving overall student performance in the Hartford Public Schools.
Collaborative provided Achieve Hartford! with trusted advice and researched recommendations on developing an effective strategic and communications plan for this emerging local education fund.
The School District of Collier County has 50 schools including two charter schools. The district serves a total student population of 43,214. There are 30 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 8 high schools, and a Pre-K thru 12 school (Everglades City School).
Collaborative provides the School District of Collier County (FL) with expertise and ongoing consulting on the design and strategic planning process of the school district.
Nevada Public Education Foundation’s mission is to secure and sustain resources that will assist, support and promote excellence in public education programs in Nevada. NPEF operates under the guiding principle that young people can become “ready for life” through successful transitions at each developmental stage during their educational careers in Nevada and beyond.
The Nevada Public Education Foundation utilizes Collaborative’s knowledge and expertise on planning strategic initiatives, as well as facilitating sessions with high-level leaders, policymakers, and decision makers.
Collaborative facilitated a retreat with the Clark County Ready for Life Coalition hosted by the Nevada Public Education Foundation (NPEF) to support and promote excellence in Nevada public education programs. Collaborative continued its work with NPEF to facilitate a retreat for the organization's board in 2007 and 2008.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation believes that learning how people can live together most effectively is one of the fundamental needs of humanity. Building strong communities through collaboration provides a basis for positive change.
For the past 9 years, Collaborative has served as trusted advisor to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation by providing critical management of their member networks, research and analysis on seminal publications, and coordination services for conferences that bring to together practitioners, policymakers, and key stakeholders.
Collaborative supports the Mott Foundation’s work on national and statewide initiatives, as well as managing all aspects of the Statewide Afterschool Network, including the Web site, ongoing conference calls, Webinars, and marketing pieces. In addition, Collaborative partnered with the Mott Foundation to develop a Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force, whose primary goal was to develop recommendations that will integrate afterschool programs and formal schooling. The result, A New Day for Learning, is an influential publication that rethinks how child and youth use their time for learning.
Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense. DoDEA provides an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.
Collaborative provides the Department of Defense Education Activity with research, writing, and publication production expertise. Collaborative serves as lead researcher, writer, and designer for a comprehensive print and online guide, for the Department of Defense Education Activity. The guide will assist multiple sectors to support military children's educational transition.
Collaborative produced Students at the Center, a guide to help military families, military leaders, and school leaders understand the hurdles faced during a child’s educational transition. It contains information on school choice, Impact Aid, No Child Left Behind, and a number of other critical resources. In addition, Collaborative assisted in the development of a Web site that will bring elements of the print publication online for easier access, including links to valuable resources. The publication and Web site will be available in April 2009, and is the latest effort of educational support for families and communities from the Collaborative team.
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of over 60 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents. The Forum developed in 1997 out of a sense of urgency that middle-grades school improvement had stalled, amid a flurry of descending test scores, increasing reports of school violence, and heated debates about the nature and purpose of middle-grades education. All agreed that nothing short of collective and concerted action could result in high-performing middle-grades schools and students.
With the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, Collaborative serves as advisor on online tool and technology development. The Forum sought out Collaborative’s knowledge and expertise to develop an online toolkit dedicated to improving mathematics instruction for early adolescent learners.
The toolkit, produced by Collaborative, organizes resources developed by four partner organizations, each of which focuses on a specific aspect of mathematics teaching and learning. Tools focus on high level mathematics instruction for English language learners and students with special needs, as well as mathematics instruction in rural settings.
Collaborative worked hand-in-hand with the Forum and partner organizations to create the online navigation and architecture of the overall toolkit. Collaborative also provided design and content for the toolkit, as well as working with the partner organizations to create Web-specific presentations of their individual tools.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
The Council of Chief State School Officers sought out Collaborative to advise on member network support, Web site content, and online tool and technology production, particularly in the development of a tool to help professionals network.
Collaborative developed an award-winning, fully comprehensive online network development tool that enabled professionals to connect, pose dilemmas, and learn in public and private forums. Specifically, we provided monthly content for the site, identified main themes and aided in the overall maintenance of the site. Our team also developed interactive tools for the Web site to further enhance the learning experience of site visitors. These tools simulated live assessments in system redesign and strategic planning.
The Web site was awarded the 2006 Best in Class Interactive Media Award which honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement in Web site design and development. The Web site was also recognized as an Official Honoree of The 2005 Webby Awards. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality.
The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind is a bipartisan effort to identify and build support for improvements in federal education policy to ensure the Nation has effective tools to spur academic achievement and close the achievement gap.
Collaborative serves the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind on issues such as commission management, publication and content development, and strategic planning on the dissemination of the Commission’s materials.
Collaborative produced the Commission's final report and outreach materials, including research, writing, editing and design. The redesigned Web site aligned with the release of the report and supported every aspect of communications around the release including media outreach, production of press materials and event logistics.
After the report’s release, Collaborative designed a post-release strategy to keep the Commission’s recommendations fresh in the field and to continue to lead the dialogue around the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. Collaborative provided consulting and support for advocacy strategies such as coalition-building, and on-going communications strategies such as research and regular e-mail alerts.
The Arkansas Department of Education strives to ensure that all children in the state have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training.
Collaborative helped the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) demonstrate to key stakeholders throughout the state the coordinated system of professional development opportunities for education leaders. This was particularly important to legislators and other state policy makers as they make decisions about continual and expanded support of professional development statewide. The development of an online statewide mapping tool of professional development opportunities was also important to education leaders themselves, as a tool to navigate their professional development options.
The online mapping tools was accompanied by a broad-based communications strategy Collaborative developed for the Department, focused on increasing understanding and awareness of this system of professional development options as well as other efforts at the state level to increase learning opportunities for all children.