Continuous Quality Improvement for Kindergarten Readiness
Ready for School, Ready for Life
How can a community ensure that every child in their county has access to health and education resources and opportunities they need so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn?
1/20/20 - In my blog post closing out 2019, I revisited the question I posed in March when I first launched this Finding Common Purpose blog: To what end? The question is so central, so important, that it cannot be asked too much. I’m starting out my 2020 posts by posing it again, in the context of where the blog is heading...
How do you learn about families’ daily lived experience in a place? Field Notes from Guilford County, Part III
12/10/19 - In Part III of a series on our Continuous Quality Improvement work in Guilford County, Anand Dholakia describes how learning about families' lived daily experience shapes how we approach program quality.
The STAR Initiative in Cambridge and Somerville
How can a foundation catalyze the growth of STEM ecosystems across local school districts?
School is the Means—A Good Paying Job Should Be the End
12/23/19 - To what end? That’s the question I posed back in March when I launched the blog Finding Common Purpose. It’s a question I continue to pose to myself and to the tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations, myriad government programs at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, thousands of foundations...
Raising College Graduation Rates: A Conversation with Dana Dunn of UNCG
12/9/19 - For the past several posts, I’ve been exploring one particular span of the pathway to lifelong success: the transition from high school to college or some other post-secondary education/training and on the way to a good-paying job.
Boston WINS (Workforce Investment Network)
Coalition of Nonprofit Organizations
How can a group of nonprofit organizations, a public school district, and a foundation work together to create college and career readiness opportunities for all students as they graduate high school, succeed in post-secondary programs, and enter the workforce?
What is “Quality?”
11/11/19 - When we talk about Continuous Quality Improvement in a social service setting, what exactly are we trying to improve? This post introduces six domains of program quality that are elemental to the practice of continuous quality improvement: Accessibility, Family Engagement, Referrals & Partnerships, Staff Support, Trauma-Informed Approach, and Use of Evidence.