A National Reach

Over the past several years The Mind Trust has become one of the nation's leading city-focused education reform organizations. We are eager to share our lessons learned with reformers in other cities, but we also still have lots to learn ourselves. That's why in 2010 we recruited several peer organizations from other cities to join a new network that we founded called the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust), now know as Education Cities.

Education Cities is a growing national network of 28 city-focused foundations, non-profits, and mayors' offices that work together to promote education innovation and reform. Acting as a convener, collaborator, and consultant, Education Cities helps cities across the country establish strong conditions for education reform.

Convening: We gather the full Education Cities network annually and lead smaller working groups on topics like supporting the launch of excellent charter schools; developing innovative school models; and reforming school governance. Through our various gatherings, we share lessons learned, foster communication, document best practices, and help cities improve their efforts to drive the education reform agenda forward.

Collaborating: We help members explore new reform strategies, develop and execute collaborative projects, and partner with education innovators looking for opportunities to expand their programs.

Consulting: We provide consulting services to city-focused groups that are interested in developing education-reform strategies informed by lessons learned through Education Cities' work with our members.

To learn more about Education Cities please visit www.education-cities.org.

A new report from Education Cities identifies four city-based strategies to grow great schools. Read it here.

 

Because urban education is a rapidly moving space, around the country there are all kinds of new best practices happening. CEE-Trust provides the opportunity to have candid conversations in order to learn important lessons and take them back home to apply to our own work.

-Kristen McDonald, program director for education, The Skillman Foundation in Detroit