The reasons why students do not complete highschool and pursue a post secondary education are many and complicated. No one organization can tackle this problem alone. Recognizing this, Achieve's founding partners, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and the United Way of the Quad Cities Area, are leading this collaborative effort among an array of community partners to help create a thriving community by engaging all Quad Citians in lifelong learning.
Initially, Achieve's focus was on high school graduation rates. It became apparent that many factors prior to high school influenced the potential for completion. Additional factors begin at birth and travel with an individual through adulthood. In 2013, Achieve formally agreed to focus on a cradle to career contiuum. The alignment of all sectors provides opportuniities to increase the number of students that meet early indicators such as kindergarten readiness through a successful post-secondary degree or certificate that holds value in the market place.
A team of impact measurement experts from the educational, nonprofit and business sectors met early in the process to discuss how the community would determine which efforts were successful. Much time and consideration was spent over the years and today still on the best way to craft the metrics needed with the vast amount of partners involved. In 2014, the seven superintendents in the Quad Cities area formally agreed to track regional data for K-12 students.
Achieve has completed many steps in this collective impact approach to improving education in our community:
> April 8 - Preschool Prep: How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool
> April 25 - Auditions for Creative Arts Academy April 25-26 and May 2
> April 26 - WQPT's Annual Ready-to-Learn Conference
> May 2 - Master Teachers 24th Annual Awards Program
Lamel, a student in the Career Navigators program at J.B. Young... read more