Building Stronger Partnerships Takes the Support of Everyone

Posted on December 15, 2015 in CEO Updates

Dear Friends –

For more than two decades, All Hands Raised has worked to improve the academic and social well-being of all Multnomah County children and youth, with an acute focus on equity. We do this by keeping a crucial network of key partners together, providing direct continuous improvement services to improve practices that move the needle in the right direction for our kids.

Among our shared accomplishments this year:

  • We are providing technical assistance and facilitation at six schools where teams are effectively using student-level data to identify practices that correlate with improved school attendance.
  • In partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color, we have shifted the work in the Eliminating Disparities Collaborative Action Team from policy to practice. Our six partner superintendents and CEOs from six culturally specific organizations are building trust to partner in ways that improve student engagement aimed at decreasing suspensions and expulsions, particularly among students of color.
  • We launched work focused on the transition from high school to college and career by increasing student access to financial aid and building seamless pathways to careers in construction and manufacturing.

These accomplishments, and many others, would not be possible without the commitment of so many of you in our community who have raised your hand to bust down entrenched silos and work smarter for our kids. This current overview of the work of the All Hands Raised Partnership will give you a sense of how our shared efforts to improve educational outcomes in our community are progressing.

During this season when so many of us have so much to be grateful for, I want to say thank you. I hope you will consider investing in this shared work to ensure all kids throughout Multnomah County have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


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