The Collaborative for Student Success is a non-profit organization working to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for all students. We believe state, district and local efforts to implement rigorous, comparable education standards and meaningful assessments are an important and necessary step to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in life after high school – whether that be college or a career.
The mission of the Collaborative is two-fold: (a) to support local organizations and advocates in state-led efforts to educate and inform all stakeholders — including parents, students, teachers and community leaders — about the need for and benefit of high, consistent state standards and high-quality assessments; and, (b) ensure fact-based discussion about education standards and assessments that accurately represents the thousands of teachers and academic experts who have contributed to the creation and implementation of high standards across the country.
The Collaborative is supported by both regional and national foundations, including:
- The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Helios Education Foundation
- Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Lumina Foundation
- The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Other funders may soon be joining this important effort.
Who We Are
Jim Cowen, Executive Director
Aisha Ahmad, Staff Assistant
Abby Bacak, Administrative Director
Katrina Boone, Director of Teacher Outreach
Shanessa Bryant, Communications Specialist
Adam Ezring, Policy Director
Ashley Inman, Director of Digital Media
Blair Mann, Director of Media Relations
Dan Desai Martin, Director of Special Projects