About the Collaborative

Ensuring all kids are prepared for success in school, college, and careers.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to lifting up and defending strong practices and policies driving improved outcomes for all students. Through capacity-building efforts with in-state organizations and collaboration with national partners, we promote fact-based public discourse and amplify strong K-12 policies and practices.

Why this Work Matters

As students, families, and schools continue to recover from the most disruptive period in K-12 education in memory, it’s never been more important for parents to be well-informed and engaged, and for educators and policymakers to be intentional and clear-eyed about the policies, practices, and programs needed to ensure success for all students.


From investing historic amounts of federal K-12 funding in the most effective ways possible to ensuring programs meant to accelerate learning are using the highest quality materials and teacher supports available, now is the time for K-12 stakeholders to amplify what’s working best for students across America.

Meet Our Team

Jim Cowen

Executive Director

Adam Ezring

Deputy Director

Joshua Parrish

Director of Communications & Engagement

Arianna Coleman

Communications Specialist

The Collaborative is supported by both regional and national
foundations, including:

Bloomberg Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation