Building Our Future

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As communities across the United States work to find solutions that ensure success for all students, one valuable lesson has emerged:  Schools can’t do it alone—and they do not have to. (See Jamie Volmer’s text entitled Schools Can’t Do It Alone).

Since 2013, a local band of cross-sectoral leaders began engaging in a community conversation around important issues and opportunities that matter to Kenosha’s future.  Advancing cradle to career success of Kenosha area youth was front and center at all those meetings.

Now in 2016, the Kenosha area has determined to create its own unique partnership using the StriveTogether framework to ensure the success of EVERY child, cradle to career.  This summer, our community will launch a journey to align effort, goals and outcomes for the long-term success of all students.

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Building Our Future Progress To Date:

2015-early 2016:  Early exploratory conversations/training for key community partners.

May 2016:  Kenosha StriveTogether retreat hosted at Colergét for initial Leadership Team Members that gave the “go ahead” to keep partners moving forward.

April 2016:  Contract signed with StriveTogether, our nationally-based technical assistance resource, to become an Exploring Community.

May-July 2016: Work Teams launched (Outcome/Indicators, Accountability, Vision/Mission).

August 2016: Community Summit hosted by University Wisconsin-Parkside. Click HERE to see the presentation.

August 2016: Tatjana Bicanin is first contracted staff member to come onboard.

September 2016: Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of StriveTogether, addresses community at Inspire Kenosha event (photos above).

August-October 2016: 3 Work Teams are expanded and re-launched utilizing input from Community Summit.

October 2016:  Partnership adopts its name, tagline, vision and mission.

The Strive Together Theory of Action is built on four principles:

  • Engage the community | Work with a broad array of community voices to create unified education strategies and solutions.
  • Focus on eliminating locally defined disparities | Use local data to identify inequalities in student achievement and prioritize efforts to improve student outcomes.
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement | Use local data, community expertise and national research to identify areas for constant, disciplined improvement.
  • Leverage existing assets | Build on and align existing community resources to maximize impact of the work.

Next Steps

Progress is underway from the two remaining work groups and news regarding this foundational work will be released soon!

We look forward to hearing from you regarding your unique contribution in support of cradle-to-career success for all children.

For more information or with questions, please contact us at kenoshastrivetogether@gmail.com