High School Graduation Rates and the Economy

In Janet’s May blog post on the economy, she explored Cincinnati’s income growth in relation to national and competitor averages. Among other things, she observes that “Cincinnati’s total personal income grew, on average, 3.9 percent annually, well below the national rate of 5.4 percent and the peer regional average of 4.8 percent. I don’t know all the reasons why Cincinnati is lagging, but a potential solution can be found in educational attainment. [...] more about High School Graduation Rates and the Economy

Ascend Performance Institute Launches

The Ascend Performance Institute will host 21 local schools this June: 17 CPS, 3 Covington, and 1 Archdiocese.  Ten schools from Dayton will also participate.

Ascend is a two-year program focused on boosting school-level performance.

To read more about Ascend, visit its website (

Below are links to a recent Cincinnati Enquirer story and editorial:

CPS gets outside help with training [...] more about Ascend Performance Institute Launches

How three cities are solving big problems


The great work taking place in Cininnati, Covington and Newport was highlighted in this article,  "How three cities are solving big problems."  This quote from Strive President Jeff Edmondson speaks to the value of leveraging data effectively to improve outcomes for kids: [...] more about How three cities are solving big problems

The Cradle-to-Career Solution

Strive, a cradle-to-career program, is being emulated across the country and was spearheaded in 2006 by Nancy Zimpher, who was then president of The University of Cincinnati and is now chancellor of the State University of New York. [...] more about The Cradle-to-Career Solution

Teachers going on ultimate field trip

(From the Cincinnati Enquirer)

Ten local teachers will embark this summer on the adventures of their lives in exotic locations around the world - all in the name of education.

The Cincinnati Public Schools teachers won travel grants from the Fund for Teachers, a Houston-based, donor-supported group that pays teachers to travel to become better teachers. The organization expanded into Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for the first time this year through a partnership with the Strive Partnership, a national Cincinnati-based education advocacy group. [...] more about Teachers going on ultimate field trip