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Explore this collection of tools, reports, guides and other materials selected from across the expertise of the Ready by 21 National Partnership. You can search for specific resources using the filters on the left side or using the drop down menus below.

January 1, 2013
In K-12 education, one increasingly popular strategy for closing the gap between research and practice is the development of sustained partnerships that link researchers with school district staff. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of that work and describes models for emerging partnerships.
Report
July 31, 2012
The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools.
Tutorial
May 23, 2012
This toolkit is designed to help school leaders embrace the use of college-going data to improve K-12 outcomes and drive more students to college persistence and success.
Guide
March 16, 2012
This tool was created in order to help young people and adults develop a common language for talking about how to improve schools. The tool provides educators, young people, administrators, policy makers, parents, community members and other stake holders with a common lens for reflecting on their schools and for planning change. It can also be useful in assessing the range of reform models and change strategies underway in a district or school at any given time.
Webinar
January 30, 2012
To make good decisions, leaders need complete data from all the settings and systems where young people spend their time. They need information about youths’ physical and mental health, afterschool activities, employment and family structure, and more. Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively.
Tutorial
November 1, 2011
Youth voices are critical to decision making on issues such as school reform. This guide provides information on how youth panels can be a tool to meaningfully engage young people on an issue that directly affects them: improvements to their schools.
Webinar
October 26, 2011
Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.
Guide
August 23, 2011
Creating a school culture that ensures positive outcomes for all students requires an “all hands on deck” approach to meeting the needs of the school community. Yet, bringing staff, teachers and parents together to do the work of the school is not easy. Collaboration cannot be coerced nor compelled. Rather, school leaders must help all members of the school community feel a sense of pride and ownership in their work.
Guide
April 23, 2011
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together. United Way Worldwide is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children and youth, and this website lays out their priority areas, resources and case studies.
Report
April 1, 2011
This report shares the aspirations and concerns of everyday people across America about their communities and what it will take for children to succeed in life. It's based on a series of community conversations local United Ways hosted across the country last fall, as well as on some focus groups and a national poll.