Several members of the Commit! Partnership team had the pleasure of attending StriveTogether’s annual National Convening, this year held in sunny San Diego October 15-17. Coming off last year’s convening right here in the Big D, the theme for this year was “Making Waves” to move outcomes. With more than 50 communities in attendance representing more than 5.5 million children, the convening provided an ideal opportunity to learn what’s working elsewhere and surface ways we can continue to improve our work to help drive student achievement in Dallas County.

A few key areas of action came out of the convening:

In addition to engaging in convening workshops, Commit! staff facilitated three well-attended workshops respectively around the IQ and EQ of continuous improvement at the action network level, creating and using a Giving Profile to engage funders in collective impact, and collaborative action towards Kindergarten Readiness. Dallas was also represented by Ed Meier of Big Thought, who co-led a workshop on launching Cities of Learning.

We were inspired by our experience at the National Convening and gained several ideas to improve our work in Dallas County, with intentions to integrate several before next year’s convening in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Thanks goes to the StriveTogether team for putting together yet another highly engaging convening.