Our Expertise

Collaborative is at the forefront of current education and learning issues. We have a rich and deep history working on preK-20 learning issues at the local, state, and national levels.

For more than 18 years, we have worked with educators, policymakers, advocates, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and community leaders to improve public education and drive changes needed to ensure that all children have access to high-performing public schools and learning opportunities.

Social and Emotional Learning

Collaborative facilitates dialogue about the immediate and long term value of social and emotional learning for youth both during the school day and in afterschool and summer learning programs. Our work is grounded in a deep understanding of multiple SEL frameworks and impact evaluations. We understand the need to convey the importance of social and emotional competencies, such as empathy and self-awareness, while balancing the potential sensitivities of these discussions in some communities.

Assessment

Collaborative brings a deep understanding about the role of assessment in transforming learning and the systems that support it. We support efforts to contribute to a national dialogue about the power of assessment to support positive learning outcomes for all students. We help states and organizations understand and communicate about assessments and accountability systems across an array of key stakeholders.

Afterschool and Summer Learning

Collaborative is a recognized leader in working with networks and intermediaries across the country to build partnerships and support the growth of effective afterschool and summer learning programs. In particular, we coordinate the 50 State Afterschool Network, manage learning communities among networks, facilitate cross-state convenings, and create products that actively support the ongoing vision to achieve the goal of creating systems to better support student learning.

STEM

Collaborative has partnered with philanthropy, networks, ecosystems, and education advocates to highlight the importance of high-quality STEM learning opportunities that provide young people with hands-on activities, deep-learning experiences, and opportunities to explore. Through innovative competitions, engaging collateral, and coalition building, among other strategies, we have worked to increase awareness and support for STEM education both in and out-of-school among educators, policymakers, and the general public.

Education Data Visualization

Collaborative is an award-winning expert in rethinking and redesigning how student data are presented in ways that are accessible, appealing, and actionable for students, educators, parents, policymakers, and the public at large. We are recognized nationally for our knowledge in translating complex education data for wide audiences.

Place-based, Collective Impact Strategies

Collaborate works with intermediary and impact organizations to take strategic action to realize a community wide vision for its children, youth, and families. Not only do we bring extensive experience nurturing and developing diverse action-focused networks of policymakers, practitioners and citizens, but we also have an understanding of the importance of sharing stories of impact in clear, but illustrative language.


Previous and Current Organizations We Have Served

  • ABC Today!
  • Academy for Educational Development
  • Achieve
  • After-School All-Stars
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • Alliance for Excellent Education
  • America Achieves
  • American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence
  • American Council on Education
  • American Heart Association
  • American Institutes of Research
  • Annenberg Institute for School Reform
  • Asia Society
  • Aspen Institute—Commission on No Child Left Behind
  • Association of Public Television Stations
  • Battelle
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Center for Teaching Quality
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Center on Education Policy
  • Change the Equation
  • Citizen Schools and Higher Achievement
  • Civil Rights Solutions
  • Coalition for Community Schools
  • The Coalition for Science in After School
  • College Board
  • Common Core
  • Communities in Schools
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Cross & Joftus
  • Data Quality Campaign
  • Deans for Impact
  • EdFuel
  • Education Commission of the States
  • The Education Trust
  • Edvance Research
  • Event Planning Concepts
  • Forum for Youth Investment—Ready by 21
  • Forum One
  • Future Problem Solving Program International
  • George W. Bush Institute
  • Global Family Research Project
  • Global Nomads
  • Great Minds
  • GreatSchools
  • The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
  • HCM Strategists
  • Higher Achievement
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jobs for the Future
  • Learning First Alliance
  • Learning Forward
  • Learning Point Associates
  • Mainspring
  • McREL International
  • Microsoft—Partners in Learning
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • National 4-H
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National AfterSchool Association
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • National Career Academy Coalition
  • National Center for Civic Innovation
  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • National Center on Education and the Economy
  • National Center on Time and Learning
  • National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Council on Teacher Quality
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform
  • National League of Cities
  • National Middle Schools Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • National Staff Development Council
  • New Classrooms Innovation Partners
  • New Global Citizens
  • New Tech Network
  • Northwest Evaluation Association
  • OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
  • Open Society Institute
  • Parents for Public Schools
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  • Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Public Education Network
  • The QED Group, LLC
  • The School Superintendents Association
  • School-Connect
  • Southern Regional Education Board
  • SRI International
  • STEM Next Opportunity Fund
  • Suburban School Superintendents
  • Teach for America
  • Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
  • The Trust for the Americas
  • The United States Conference of Mayors
  • United Way Worldwide
  • Urban Teachers
  • WestEd
  • WINGS for Kids, Inc.
  • World Bank Group
  • World Wide Workshop
  • The Writing Revolution
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation—Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Arizona College Scholarship Foundation
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • C.S. Mott Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Carnegie Institution of Science
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
  • Foundation for Child Development
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Foundations for a Better Life
  • High Scope Educational Research Foundation
  • Hinrich Foundation
  • James Irvine Foundation
  • Kettering Foundation
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation
  • Longview Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • National Academy Foundation
  • National Education Association Foundation
  • National Environmental Education Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Noyce Foundation
  • PEW Charitable Trusts
  • The Prudential Foundation
  • Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
  • Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Simons Foundation
  • Southern Education Foundation
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Wallace Foundation
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Arkansas Leadership Academy
  • College Success Arizona
  • Georgia Afterschool Investment Council
  • Heart of Florida United Way
  • Massachusetts 2020
  • Nevada Public Education Foundation
  • Ohio Afterschool Network
  • Texas Consortium on School Research
  • Youth Community Connections (MN)

 

  • Achieve Hartford (CT)
  • Alliance for Quality Education (SC)
  • Arlington County (VA)
  • Austin Partners in Education (TX)
  • Baltimore’s Promise (MD)
  • Bay Area Partnership for Children and Youth (CA)
  • Brainfood (DC)
  • Center for Student Opportunity (DC)
  • Columbus Office of the Mayor (OH)
  • Connecting for Children and Families Center (RI)
  • Dallas Arts Partners (TX)
  • DC College Success Foundation (DC)
  • DC Education Compact (DC)
  • DC Language Access Coalition—Leadership Consulting (DC)
  • DC Voice (DC)
  • Education Forward DC
  • The Education Foundation of Collier County (FL)
  • Family League of Baltimore (MD)
  • The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools (NJ)
  • Howard County Department of Community Resources (MD)
  • Howard County’s Local Children’s Board (MD)
  • In2Books (DC)
  • Jacksonville Public Education Fund (FL)
  • KETC Public Television (MO)
  • Literacy Council of Montgomery County (MD)
  • MetroHartford Alliance (CT)
  • Mobile Area Education Foundation (AL)
  • New Visions for Public Schools (NYC)
  • Newark Community Foundation (NJ)
  • Newark Education Trust (NJ)
  • Northeast Charter Schools Network (NY, CT)
  • Padres Unidos (Austin, TX)
  • Paterson Education Fund (NJ)
  • San Francisco Education Fund (CA)
  • United Way of Central Ohio (OH)
  • United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg (VA)
  • United Way of Greenville County (SC)
  • United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta (GA)
  • United Way Valley of the Sun (AZ)
  • Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)
  • Boston Public Schools (MA)
  • Clark County School District (NV)
  • Collier County School District (FL)
  • Community College of DC
  • Corpus Christi Independent School District (TX)
  • DC Public Schools
  • Denver Public Schools (CO)
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Long Beach Unified School District (CA)
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Norwich University Applied Research Institutes
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education—Public Education Finance Reform Commission (DC)
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
  • The Riley Institute at Furman University
  • San Diego Unified School District (CA)
  • Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Virginia Curry School of Education
    • Arkansas Department of Education
    • Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)
    • Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services (MD)
    • New York City Department of Education—iZone
    • Office of the State Superintendent of Education (DC)
  • U.S. Department of Education—21st Century Community Learning Centers PPICs
  • U.S. Department of Education—Charter Schools Program
  • U.S. Department of Education—What Works Clearinghouse
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services