Blog Post R.T. Rybak on Nov 24, 2015

Mayors and Schools: The Louisville Handshake 

In this latest installment of the Mayors and Schools Field Trip, Mayor Rybak heads to Louisville, where Mayor Greg Fisher developed a compact with the superintendent of schools to ensure mutual accou…

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Kaci Roach on Nov 16, 2015

How to Get All Students on a Path to Self-Sufficiency 

The Prepare Learning Circle in the StriveTogether Network developed an outcome recommendation for collective impact collaborative initiatives. This blog has four lessons from their journey.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Nov 13, 2015

One Female Veteran's Experience: And Other #Goodreads About the State of Americ… 

This special "Veteran's Day" edition highlights the current state of our nation’s veterans, and notable work to improve outcomes for those who have served.

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Akron Receives $1 Million Prize for Higher Education Attainment Increase  

Akron, OH wins the Talent Dividend $1 Million prize. The number of college degrees awarded rose more than 20% in four years.

Blog Post John Keisler on Nov 9, 2015

Hackathon Reflections From Long Beach Innovation Week 

The Long Beach i-team hosted a hackathon at a local middle school as part of Innovation Week. Here's what they learned.

Blog Post R.T. Rybak on Nov 3, 2015

Mayors and Schools in the Windy City: The Mayors and Schools Field Trip Heads t… 

In this installment of the Mayors and Schools Field Trip, Mayor Rybak sits down with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the man who helped change the Chicago system to one of mayoral control of s…

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Safety Nets and the 'Deserving Poor' 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2015

#BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Ameri… 

Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better educatio…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 16, 2015

Three Ways to Revive the American Dream for a New Majority  

A new poll finds that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are optimistic about their future prospects and ability to achieve The American Dream. Our CEO, Ben Hecht, wants to take that optimism and turn it i…

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & R.T. Rybak on Sep 9, 2015

Mayors and Schools: The Key Relationship to Ensuring Quality Urban Education 

Living Cities is hitting the road with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to learn about the complex relationships between mayors and urban school systems.

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Ben Hecht is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 18 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Resource on Sep 25, 2014

Lessons on Integrating Immigrant Workers into the Economy 

Living Cities recently hosted a webinar exploring promising practices and policies that support immigrant workers in preparing for and accessing quality employment.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 14, 2015

#AgeOfLiteracy: The Promise of Cross-Sector Collaboration 

At a moment in which collaboration is becoming the new competition, The StrivePartnership promises to catalyze lasting change in the education space through collective impact.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson on Apr 2, 2015

Building Upon What Works for a Brighter Future 

To build a new urban practice, community partnerships involved in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network are using a data-driven collective impact approach to ensure every child in their communi…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2015

#BensTake: Majority of Public School Students Now in Poverty 

Our CEO, Ben Hecht, shares his take on a recent study that indicates most public school children live in poverty. Part of our new blog series, #BensTake.

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Jan 14, 2015

Three Transformational Ways Universities Can Support the Success of Every Stude… 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster, colleges and universities must broaden college access like never before and speed degree completion.

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New Initiative Will Offer College Savings Accounts 

New York Giants’ football star Justin Tuck joined The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), the Citi Foundation and the 1:1 Fund today to launch a new initiative that aims to help low-income New York City children and their families save and plan for colleg…

Blog Post Paul Grogan on Jan 8, 2015

Coaching Students to Post-Secondary Success 

The Boston Foundation joined public and private partners around the city to launch the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, with the audacious goal to double the college completion rate for …

Blog Post Cynthia Jaggi on Dec 2, 2014

The Disconnect between Education and Life 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster we need to collectively rethink education.

Blog Post Noël Harmon on Oct 27, 2014

Announcing the Million Dollar Talent Dividend Prize 

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the National Talent Dividend Network will gather in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Talent Dividend Initiative and announce the $1 million winner of the Prize compet…

Blog Post Alex Meis on Oct 9, 2014

Closing the Achievement Gap with Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

We, as education leaders, from policymakers to entrepreneurs, are failing a striking number our nation’s students.