Partners for Each and Every Child (Partners for) is a project designed to build upon the work of the National Equity and Excellence Commission. Our primary goal is to provide critical pieces of the infrastructure necessary to create a broad, collaborative, multi-sector community.
To build infrastructure of interconnected work that will encourage a growing portion of the education policy community to break down barriers to advance sound educational policies, attentive to matters of equity and responsive to the needs of at-risk, underserved, and politically underrepresented students.
Technical Assistance - Policy proposals that are responsive to local needs; research-based legislative analyses and legal counsel provided to legislative bodies, advocates, researchers, campaigns, etc.
Communications - Digital and social media, web support, video conferencing and recording services, podcasts, Print and media outreach, messaging, convening support.
Research Support - Policy implementation, strategy and outcomes research for short and long-term engagement and analysis. Products could include briefs, web content, opinion editorials, research analysis and synthesis, conference speaker or panelist participation
Network Access and Infrastructure - staffed and supported regular access to the resources and intellectual capital of others in the Partners for Network, including state and federal departments of education.
The Commission Report recommendations are our polestar – for Partners for and the larger Network.
Achieving equity and excellence requires sufficient resources that are distributed based on student need, not zip code, and that are efficiently used. Bold actions by the states and the federal government are overdue to redesign and reform the funding of public schools.
All students must have access to high-quality instruction. To that end, states must re-examine and align their systems for recruiting, retaining, preparing, licensing, evaluating, developing and compensating effective teachers. Highly effective, well-qualified teachers must be equitably distributed across districts and schools. Students, especially those in high-need schools and districts, need strong principals.
Universal access to high-quality early learning programs must be a matter of the highest national priority, with a special priority for children in our poorest communities.
Communities, tribes, states and the federal government must work together to create infrastructure that provides public and community-based services to underserved children. This includes health and mental health care, social services and nutrition. It also includes providing expanded learning time, and encouraging parental engagement. Communities should explore options to limit the concentration of low-income students in particular schools.
Government at every level should implement a multi-year strategy for advancing national equity and excellence goals using a combination of incentives and enforcement. The federal government must be clearer about our national expectations for student outcomes, insist on realistic but aggressive state plans to meet them, allocate resources to level the playing field across states and districts, and require that states implement those plans well.