What We Do


Collective impact

Aristotle famously said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” There is no better mantra to inspire us at RISE as we face the education challenges in our community head on. Our partners’ contributions to our cradle-to-career efforts are worth much more than if they stayed in their silos. Together, we are sharing our experiences and expertise to make a COLLECTIVE IMPACT through our 4-step process:


Community Benchmarks

In addition to our collaborative approach, we strive for success by focusing on four key areas, which we refer to as Community Benchmarks. These benchmarks are specific and critical milestones for students in their education journey that we track and measure. Using these indicators, our RISE partners are able to focus their attention on our communities’ most urgent needs and determine initiatives that best support our children, students, and youth. These benchmarks are:

  • Kindergarten Readiness 

  • Early Grade Reading 

  • Postsecondary Enrollment

  • Postsecondary Completion and Employment

Click below for more details about these benchmarks in our Roadmap to Success.

Click below to see how we’re focusing on these within our Working Groups.