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January 20, 2017

Hi Friends,

I have GREAT news to share!

Milwaukee Succeeds was selected for the 2016 StriveTogether Accelerator Fund, after a competitive application process. We are one of five communities chosen this year, along with the six communities chosen for the first round in 2015, to receive support from a $12 million investment fund.

StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said, “The Accelerator Fund is designed to help communities reach education goals faster while building the strength of partnerships to accelerate their progress over the long term.

We believe these five communities will identify and spread practices that achieve results, particularly for the most vulnerable children, and capture lessons that will advance other collective impact partnerships across the country.”

The five new Accelerator Fund partnerships are:
Every Hand Joined (Red Wing, Minn.)/Northfield Promise (Northfield, Minn.)
Milwaukee Succeeds (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Raise DC (Washington, D.C.)
Road Map Project (South King County and Seattle, Wash.)
Spartanburg Academic Movement (Spartanburg, S.C.)

As part of the fund, each community will receive StriveTogether strategic assistance and capability-building activities, such as advanced coaching and support in continuous improvement methods, data use and results-based leadership.

I’m so excited about this opportunity! Milwaukee Succeeds exists for an important reason: if we’re serious about providing every child with a quality education, we need to take a systematic approach. We must consider the impact of everything we’re doing to educate all children across Milwaukee and use data to drive continuous, measurable improvement. But even that isn’t enough. Too many sectors, institutions, and stakeholders have control over too many disparate factors for us to move the needle alone. A systematic approach means looking at everything we’re doing to educate all children AND improving outcomes AND aligning our efforts to educate our children, cradle to career. When we do that, then we will have a fully functional education system. This is why Milwaukee Succeeds exists.

The Fund is designed to help communities on the verge of breakthrough improvements move to systems-level change. Through a combination of ongoing technical assistance, leadership training, and capacity building grants, participating in the Accelerator Fund will help our partnership build the infrastructure needed to make meaningful change in how we operate and improve outcomes for kids.

Danae Davis | Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057

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