Microsoft Partners in Learning is a global initiative designed to actively increase access to technology and improve its use in learning. The goal is to help schools gain better access to technology, foster innovative approaches to pedagogy and teacher professional development and provide education leaders with the tools to envision, implement and manage change.
Partners in Learning called on Collaborative’s expertise in knowledge management to help build strategic partnerships. Collaborative developed a process and tools for analyzing partnership opportunities, which includes development of a comprehensive framework for partnership analysis, extensive research on potential opportunities and strategic recommendations for moving ideas to action.
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.
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.
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 National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) turns to Collaborative to implement the premiere convention for the afterschool field, convening almost 2,500 afterschool professionals and stakeholders annually to connect, share new research, learn about products and resources, visit local afterschool programs, and hear from experts on the issues that matter most to them.
Collaborative directs NAA’s annual convention, the largest professional development opportunity for afterschool professionals. The work includes developing a Web site, handling registration and logistics, producing content, as well as targeted marketing outreach. Having assisted with workshop coordination at the 2008 Convention, Collaborative supported NAA's 2009 convention, including facilitating the request for proposal process for workshop presenters, identifying keynote speakers, preparing marketing and outreach materials, coordinating registration efforts, fielding questions, and designing and maintaining the convention Web site.
KnowledgeWorks strives to be the leader in developing and implementing innovative and effective approaches to high school education in the United States. Their work primarily focuses on redesigning urban high schools, developing STEM and Early College high schools, and supporting student-centered approaches to delivering real learning and results in our schools.
When the KnowledgeWorks Foundation needed an experienced firm to handle research, analysis, and bring together educational experts, they called upon Collaborative's knowledge and expertise.
To address the challenge presented by KnowledgeWorks, Collaborative conducted presentations and facilitated discussions, including leading sessions with educational leaders and community-oriented educational change leaders.
The Kettering Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan research organization rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. The foundation explores ways that key political practices can be strengthened through innovations that emphasize active roles for citizens.
The Kettering Foundation called upon Collaborative to serve as trusted advisor on research, analysis, and publications matters, including the production of a series of publications that address engagement efforts to benefit the community.
Collaborative helped the Kettering Foundation produce three publications in 2006 and one publication in 2007 from research on organizations working in other areas but taking on education issues to further community goals. The publications detail the success of organizations that build community by connecting with schools.
The mission of the National Academy Foundation (NAF) is to sustain a national network of career academies to support the development of America's youth toward personal and professional success in high school, in higher education, and throughout their careers.
Collaborative provides the National Academy Foundation a variety of ongoing research and network development services, including research, analysis, and documentation production on the potential of new academies and a redesign of their national conference.
Collaborative worked with NAF and its partners to create a standards document that would be useful to youth, schools and employers. The Collaborative team conducted interviews with and received feedback from NAF stuff and the field. The resulting document adeptly clarifies the expectations youth, school personnell and partners, and employers have when developing, implementing, and assessing internship experiences for high school students. An electronic copy is available at www.naf.org/internship-gold-standards.