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Cradle to Career Alliance

Align and Engage for Student Achievement Cradle to Career

VISION: Education is Summit County’s highest priority.  The Summit County education system is rated the best in Ohio.

MISSION: To forge a strategic alliance - A Cradle to Career Alliance - to engage education stakeholders from across all sectors of the community to align resources and efforts behind research supported, data validated efforts which improve student outcomes along the education pipeline from preschool through college/career; paying particular attention to key transition points along this continuum where student success is critical to further educational advancement.

ROLE OF SEI: Through collaborative, collective impact efforts SEI functions as the backbone organization to lead and facilitate these engagement and action processes throughout Akron/Summit County.

SEI is the lead organization to convene and engage cross sector stakeholders to:

  • catalyze the community to forge an alliance to address  the challenges of improving educational outcomes
  • analyze data and set attainable, yet ambitious goals;
  • inform the greater community as well as cross sector network teams regarding the status of educational attainment and resulting community-wide education goals;
  • facilitate multiple network teams using uniform continuous improvement methodologies to identify and initiate high impact strategies to achieve the identified goals and benchmarks;
  • align community wide partners to join the Cradle to Career network team efforts;
  • report and publish community wide progress on the identified goals.

The success of this effort is dependent upon collective interest, investment and involvement of individuals, businesses, public and non-public K-12 schools, early childhood providers, universities, career training providers, and civic, non-profit, and philanthropy organizations across the community.

HOW: SEI serves as the backbone organization establishing and facilitating cross sector Network Benchmark Teams in six key transition areas in the “education pipeline”.  Each Network Benchmark Team develops smaller Tactical Teams (as needed) to identify, initiate, and execute initiatives to improve performance on agreed upon student outcome metrics.  SEI provides facilitation, technical assistance and research to support the Network and Tactical Teams.  SEI provides evaluation services for the initiatives, and if supported, facilitates alignment of additional resources through “Invitations to Act” to community partners in order to provide momentum to bring successful initiatives to scale.

The Education Pipeline and the Key Transition Points

Each Transition Point has a Network Benchmark Team

Learn more about Key Transition Points

Alignment Summit  

The Alignment Summit process, illustrated above, ensures that all committee work is thoroughly planned, engages a diverse group of stakeholders, and is sufficiently assessed before becoming a systemic effort.

  • The Alignment Summit process, coordinated by SEI, enables the Cradle to Career Alliance Steering Committee to identify proven projects and interventions which merit expansion.
  • Expansion occurs by the engagement of a wide range of community organizations, through the Invitation to Act (ITA) process.
  • The ITA describes the collaborative project, its initial results, and gives organizations the opportunity to propose ways they can align their resources and efforts to join the scale-up.
  • The scale-up phase allows the originating Benchmark and Tactical Teams to expand to a greater target audience, by developing and facilitating a detailed implementation plan, strategy and assessment system.