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Working together for Educational Equity


We believe all children can reach their full educational potential regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.

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Working together for Educational Equity


We believe all children can reach their full educational potential regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.

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Marin Promise Partnership believes that every child in Marin can reach his/her full educational potential regardless of race/ethnicity or income. This is why more than 40 schools, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies have come together as a cross-sector partnership to address Marin county’s persistent and systemic educational inequities. With the support of back-bone team staff, Partners promise that by 2028 they will have closed educational equity gaps at every stage along a child’s cradle to career educational journey. Using the Strive Together collective impact framework, Partners are aligning around a common vision, using data to hold each other accountable, taking collective action, and advocating for equitable, systemic change. Help us keep our Promise to our kids. Join the Partnership. And together we can ensure that each and every child in Marin can meet the educational milestones that are critical to achieving a bright and successful future.

 

Cradle to Career Milestones

Visit our Action Team Pages or check out our Impact Data

to learn more about the Partnership’s Cradle to Career Framework

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The Partnership


We have made a promise to our kids, to each other and to our community.

The Partnership


We have made a promise to our kids, to each other and to our community.

Join us and get involved by supporting our Backbone Team, supporting the work of Partner Organizations and/or by Volunteering with us today by calling 415-459-3661.

The Partnership includes school districts, community members, nonprofit directors, government officials, neighborhood leaders, post-secondary educators, CEOs and funders.

The Partnership is dedicated to finding solutions to the complex issues that will help close the achievement gap. 

I believe that Marin Promise is the answer we have been waiting for - using a proven, successful model of collaboration and data-driven decision-making to make real system-wide change. We need to rethink ‘business as usual’ because it isn’t working.
— ShelleyBrown, Milagro Foundation

Cradle to Career Report


Cradle to Career Report


Marin Promise Partnership is setting specific equity goals for each milestone, and holding ourselves collectively accountable for the results. We are individuals and organizations, committed to making the changes necessary to assure our system works for all of our children. 

This first Cradle to Career Report includes a description of the Partnership, the Partnerships approach to closing the achievement gap, and a report on our progress. We will update it as we learn more and organize more action teams.

 
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Why Marin


Closing the Achievement Gap in Marin

Why Marin


Closing the Achievement Gap in Marin

 

Marin is a county of 250,000 people. We enjoy incredible beauty and are fortunate to be the wealthiest, healthiest, best educated county in the state.

We also have the greatest achievement gap in California. When it comes to education, our system is not working for all. Too many students are not meeting the milestones that we've agreed are critical for life success. In particular, students from low income families, English learners, African American students, and Hispanic/Latino students are often performing significantly below their peers on educational milestone indicators.

 
Over the last 10 years, the achievement gap between low-income and higher income students has closed only slightly. We need to significantly accelerate change for our students who are furthest from opportunity.
— Kim Mazzuca, Partnership Council Executive Committee & CEO of 10,000 Degrees
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Accelerating Change


With a proven strategy and the principles of collective impact.

Accelerating Change


With a proven strategy and the principles of collective impact.

Accelerating the achievement of educational equity for all Marin students requires unprecedented collaboration, a laser focus on equity and the strategic use of data to drive our decision-making.

Using the proven, nationally recognized Strive Together framework for Collective impact, we are working towards the goal of educational equity.

We have begun this work, using the principles of collective impact from the nationally recognized StriveTogether framework. 

We believe the key to achieving our goal lies in the effective use of data. Data will give us insights to help us dive deeper into the challenges we must overcome. Data will reveal knowledge that has been hidden for too long.

Marin has 19 school districts, dozens of community organizations supporting education, and over 100 school board members. All are working tirelessly to improve public education. But we have been working in silos, with individual programs and data. And the data isn’t being shared and leveraged as it could be.

 

 

 

 

Our approach is to align our efforts toward educational equity with this three-pronged approach:  

We have made a promise that, by 2028, when our current First Graders graduate from high school, we will have closed the educational gaps and educational equity will be a reality.
— Michael Watenpaugh, Partnership Co-Chair, Superintendent of San Rafael City School District