To achieve better and more equitable opportunities and outcomes for every child from cradle to career, communities across the country are working to transform systems. The StriveTogether Network, of which The Commit! Partnership is an affiliate member, frames Systems Change as sustainable shifts in the way that individuals and organizations within a partnership make decisions and implement policies and practices to improve cradle to career outcomes.

As part of StriveTogether assessment to achieve the ‘Systems Change’ designation, partners — including leaders and practitioners closely involved in work to eliminate educational disparities and improve student outcomes — provide unique perspectives on the interplay between the partnership and partners, how the partnership functions, and the types of sustainable changes made in local systems through examples of actual behavior, practice, and/or policy change.

Based on this recent assessment, The Commit! Partnership — and our entire community working together to improve the odds for Dallas County kids — have achieved this ‘Systems Change’ designation. This accomplishment truly belongs to the community. The immense dedication of our 200+ cross-sector group of partners all aligned on common data-driven goals and strategies has contributed to some exciting results: a little over five years later, +24,000 more students are meeting key college-readiness benchmarks.

Commit! team member Erik Moss, who helped the Partnership navigate the process to reach ‘Systems Change,’ had this to say following the announcement: “There’s something special happening in Dallas County and it’s thrilling to see people from across the country taking notice.”

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