Our Partners

4Site Interactive Studios

4Site Interactive Studios is a design and development shop located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. We conceive and construct Websites for a wide range of government, non-profit, and industry clients. We also shoot, edit, and publish high definition video.

American Institutes for Research

AIR is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Its overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For AIR, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives the organization.

Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, AIR conducts work with strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship.

The intellectual diversity of its 1,500 employees enables AIR to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.

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Campaign for Educational Equality

Michale Rebell, The Campaign for Educational Equity

Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, administrator, researcher, and scholar in the field of education law. He is the Executive Director of the newly-established Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Campaign seeks to promote excellence in education and to overcome the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students throughout the United States. The Campaign reflects the total institutional commitment of the College to promote educational equity in New York and throughout the country.

The Campaign for Educational Equity is the focal point for Teachers College's mission of promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between advantaged groups and disadvantaged groups in this country. The Campaign reflects the total institutional commitment of the College to promoting educational equity.

Launched in 2005, The Campaign is committed to expanding and strengthening the national movement for quality public education for all by providing research-based analyses of key education policy issues. The Campaign promotes educational equity through focused research, raising awareness of equity issues within Teachers College and to external audiences, rapid dissemination of research and relevant information, and demonstrations of improved policy and practice.

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CommunicationWorks, LLC

CommunicationWorks is a full-service public affairs firm creating high-impact media outreach, strategic communications, public awareness campaigns, and marketing strategies in support of K-12 and higher education, youth development, civil rights, and community building.

Our clients include advocacy groups and corporations; nonprofits and their funders; policy centers and action networks; educational institutions and research organizations; national commissions and state agencies –most of whom operate at the forefront of education and policy changes taking place in the United States.

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Cross & Joftus

Cross & Joftus works with states, foundations, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to meet their education goals. We help our clients build internal capacity so they can quickly find solutions to problems and do what they do better. Just as we encourage our clients to always reevaluate their products and services to ensure quality, we believe in continually refining our approach to client support.

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Education Resource Strategies, Inc.

At ERS, our goal is to change the way people, time, and money are used in urban education so that all students receive the support they need to succeed.

Education Resource Strategies, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with large urban school systems to transform their resource use to dramatically improve student learning. Our mission is to be a catalyst for positive change by helping educational leaders rethink how they use system- and school-level resources—people, time, and money—to support strategies for improved instruction and performance.

ERS is the only organization with more than 10 years of experience working with the largest urban school systems in the country in the area of strategic resource allocation. We have worked with more than 20 school systems nationwide, including 13 of the 100 largest urban U.S. school systems and worked hand-in-hand with our educational partners to introduce solutions that are both innovative and effective. This experience gives ERS unrivaled knowledge of the issues facing school systems.

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Global Communications Academy

The Global Communications Academy (GCA) is an exciting new pre-K through 12 school that was launched August 25, 2008, in Hartford, CT. It is the first collaboration between International Baccalaureate of North America (IB), George Weiss' widely acclaimed Say Yes to Education Foundation, and Hartford Public Schools. The Academy emphasizes college readiness, academic press, and financial, social-emotional, and health supports.

As an international baccalaureate candidacy school, The Academy features a rigorously tested college preparatory curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills, small instructional groups in reading, writing and mathematics, Spanish as a second language starting in kindergarten, instruction in fine arts, music and physical education, and an extended day enrichment program, among other features.

The Say Yes Foundation provides a wide range of integral holistic supports and enrichment programming, including student assessment and growth planning, mentoring, tutoring, and study skills as well as leadership development, that ensures the academic achievement of each GCA student. The integration of the IB curriculum with Say Yes represents an unprecedented opportunity for urban students to access one of the most rigorous and effective college preparatory programs in the country.

The Global Communications Academy creates a college-bound culture that will prepare all students for success in post-secondary education and will eventually provide opportunities for students to investigate international job markets and careers in the fields of business, finance, banking, government, education, law, media and communications and other fields.

Hartford Public Schools

The Hartford Public School System is working hard to achieve our vision of offering high-performing, distinctive schools of choice. We hope you will take advantage of all the informational resources provided throughout this website and let us know how we can help you to make the best educational choice for your child.

Hartford’s system of schools exists to provide all students with access to participation in a global economy through attainment of Academic Standards of the State of Connecticut and readiness for post-secondary education.

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NCREST’s mission is to advance education stakeholders’ understanding of the intense, complex, and difficult work of restructuring schools. To carry out this mission, NCREST conducts research, fosters connections, and develops resources that share concrete, detailed knowledge and vivid images to help education practitioners, reformers, researchers, parents and community members to reimagine and create schools that are responsive, equitable and successful.

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Alan Lubin, NYSUT

NYSUT is more than 600,000 people who work in, or are retired from, New York's schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities. We are classroom teachers, college and university faculty and professional staff, school bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, teacher assistants and aides, nurses and healthcare technicians.

NYSUT is a federation of more than 1,200 local unions, each representing its own members. We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA). We are also part of organized labor - the AFL-CIO - and of Education International, with more than 20 million members world wide.

We range in size from tiny locals of fewer than 10 members to the United Federation of Teachers, which represents more than 140,000 teachers and other school employees in New York City.

We are dedicated to improving not only our working conditions, but also our professions. We're united in a common commitment to improve the quality of education and healthcare for the people of New York.

NYSUT is a grassroots organization. We elect the people who lead our local unions and or state and national affiliates. We elect delegates to a state convention - the Representative Assembly - who discuss issues and set policy that determines the programs and services that NYSUT provides us.

Our NYSUT officers, elected by the Representative Assembly, oversee a staff of more than 450 that carries out the union's business. The convention delegates also elect a Board Of Directors, which determines policy between conventions.

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Schaffer Consulting

Schaffer Consulting has been a leader in the development and practice of organizational and cultural change for 50 years. Here are a few of the many Schaffer Consulting pioneering innovations:

  • We created the "Rapid Results" approach in which short-term, results-producing "Breakthrough projects" serve as the vehicles for accelerating change.
  • As a member of the original team, we helped General Electric develop the WorkOut methodology and co-authored the authoritative text on WorkOut.
  • We pioneered in making the integration of acquired companies an organized process rather than an improvisation.
  • Working with the World Bank and other global aid organizations, we have introduced the Rapid Results Approach in developing countries to achieve vital tasks and empower community participants.
  • To advance this breakthrough approach in international development we created the Rapid Results Institute, a non-profit corporation, and support it with time and funds.

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Schoolhouse Partners

Founded in 1998 by former members of the Parthenon Group, Schoolhouse Partners is comprised of two primary businesses: strategic advisory services and early stage principal investing. Schoolhouse helps clients create value through insight and experience in K-12 education markets. The firm is deeply committed to improvements in public education by maintaining enduring partnerships with our clients and portfolio companies.

Southwest Airlines

Official Airline Partner of Say Yes to Education

Steven M. Ross, Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University

The Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) works to improve the quality of education for children in grades pre-K to 12. Within CRRE, a federally funded research center, the Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE), was created to help low-performing schools meet their state's academic performance standards. CDDRE uses student performance data to determine effective plans for meeting state standards, to provide information on program effectiveness, and to evaluate the success of data-driven reform strategies. CRRE works with the nonprofit Success for All Foundation to develop, research, and disseminate reading programs in grades pre-K to 8. CRRE also develops the Best Evidence Encyclopedia (http://www.bestevidence.org) which provides unbiased, practical reviews about the strength of evidence supporting a range of education programs.

Steven M. Ross received his doctorate in educational psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a senior research scientist and professor at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, and senior research consultant for the U. S. Department of Education’s National Charter School Resource Center. Dr. Ross is the author of six textbooks and over 120 journal articles in the areas of educational technology and instructional design, at-risk learners, educational reform, computer-based instruction, and research and evaluation. He is a noted lecturer on school programs and educational evaluation, Editor Emeritus of the research section of the Educational Technology Research and Development journal, and a member of the editorial board for two other professional journals. In 1993, he was the first faculty recipient of The University of Memphis Eminent Faculty Award for teaching, research and service, and recently held the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Urban Education and a Faudree Professorship at The University of Memphis. He has testified on school restructuring research before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families, and is a technical advisor and researcher on current federal and state initiatives regarding the evaluation of technology usage, supplemental educational services, State Systems of Support (SSOS), and No Child Left Behind.

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Syracuse City School District

Student Information

  • 20,076 K-12 Students
  • 1,253 prekindergarten children (including Universal Pre-K, Experimental Pre-K and other Pre-K programs
  • Services to student speaking 71 languages
  • 7,300 breakfasts and 14,200 lunches served daily
  • 9,558 total public school students transported daily
  • 1,065 total non-public school students transported daily to 35 non-public schools
  • Free/Reduced Lunch 81%
  • Special Education 20%
  • ESL 13%

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Syracuse University

From its founding in 1870, Syracuse University has been the embodiment of Scholarship in Action—education that transcends traditional boundaries through a combination of innovative thinking, daring choices and entrepreneurial attitude. Our iconic campus is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Central New York—itself a crucible of historic change and progress. Building on that foundation, SU continues to create opportunities for students and faculty to push limits, build pathways, and make connections that lead to new discoveries and transformational change.

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Teachers College

At Teachers College today, our work is about living up to their legacy by ensuring that we not only build knowledge, but enhance its impact by engaging directly with the policymakers and practitioners who will put it to use. Because of our preeminence, it is both our privilege and our obligation to focus our coursework and our research on the questions of the day in each of the fields we serve. To that end, we favor no ideology or single methodology, but instead seek answers that meet the genuine needs of teachers and other practitioners, and the children they ultimately serve.

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University of Pennsylvania

At the University of Pennsylvania, you'll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. You'll also find a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution. Today Penn is home to a diverse undergraduate student body of over 10,000, hailing from every state in the union and all around the globe. Penn consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the country. Another 10,000 students are enrolled in Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools, which are national leaders in their fields. The Wharton School is consistently one of the nation's top three business schools. The School of Nursing is one of the best in the U.S. The School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education,Law School, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Annenberg School for Communication all rank among the top schools in their fields.

Admissions are among the most selective in the country and Penn received 22,718 applications for admission to the Class of 2013. Of those applicants, 4,018, or 17.7 percent, were offered admission. 95.3 percent of the students admitted for Fall 2009 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and scored an average

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