KnowledgeWorks Turns 20

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Today marks a big milestone for KnowledgeWorks. We’re celebrating 20 years of creating the future of learning. We have much to celebrate but also many people to thank. Nothing we have accomplished has been done alone. We succeed based on the strength of our partners, our staff and the communities in which we have the honor of serving.

2000

On July 7, Chad Wick helps launch KnowledgeWorks Foundation with the mission to transform the American public school system and increase the number and diversity of those who receive a high quality education.

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2001

At the request of the Ohio Board of Regents, KnowledgeWorks creates the Ohio College Access Network.

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Working with the Ford Foundation, KnowledgeWorks brings Project Grad to Ohio to link curriculum, community services and school success to college scholarships.

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2002

KnowledgeWorks forms The Ohio 8, a strategic alliance composed of the superintendents and teacher union presidents from Ohio’s eight urban school districts – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. This group supports the unique educational needs of every student in their districts.

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With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), KnowledgeWorks leads the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative. This effort transforms large, urban high schools into academically rigorous small schools, serving nearly 15,000 students in 44 schools in Ohio.

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The Early College High School Initiative is established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ODE. KnowledgeWorks is selected to help create ten early college high schools in Ohio as part of this work, including Akron Early College High School, Timken Early College High School and Lorain County Early College High School.

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2004

Through the Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative and funded by the Ford Foundation, KnowledgeWorks helps bring about changes in Ohio state policy that improve education and employment outcomes for educationally and economically disadvantaged adults.

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2005

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, an initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation and KnowledgeWorks, brings together community colleges nationwide to determine initiatives that will improve student retention and success.

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KnowledgeWorks staff lend support to Louisiana communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Aid includes helping to establish the Louisiana Disaster Relief Fund, a new foundation to receive and direct donations coming in to support rebuilding the community, as well as on-the-ground volunteering.

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2006

KnowledgeWorks leads a Workforce Development initiative that is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Governor’s Workforce Board and looks at structures to support adult workforce training and education in Ohio.

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Partnering with the Institute for the Future, KnowledgeWorks publishes our first comprehensive forecast on the future of learning, Map of Future Forces. This forecast is the beginning of a long-term investment in strategic foresight.

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KnowledgeWorks creates the Educator’s Knowledge Network, with support from ODE and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This network establishes an online community for teachers and educator coaches.

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Along with community leaders throughout Cincinnati, KnowledgeWorks founds StrivePartnership, a community-based organization focused on collective impact and supporting students from cradle to career in Cincinnati. This backbone organization later moves to be sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, continuing collective impact work in the region.

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2007

KnowledgeWorks creates subsidiary EDWorks to focus on fee-for-service work and specializing in early college high schools, turnaround schools, interest-based academies and STEM-focused schools. Their work includes schools and districts in Alabama, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Washington. This subsidiary later transitions to being more integrated with KnowledgeWorks and our focus on teaching and learning.

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2009

In partnership with Transformational Dialogue for Public Education, KnowledgeWorks engages in conversations about using principles of system transformational change to transform school systems in Ohio. This work is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, National Education Association and GlaxoSmithKline.

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KnowledgeWorks acquires the New Tech Network, a school-based organization that helps establish schools with project-based learning environments across the country. This subsidiary later goes on to become an independent organization partnering with 120 schools and serving 85,000 students.

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EDWorks, the New York Department of Education and the State University of New York partner to form the New York Smart Scholar’s Initiative, making earning college credits accessible to traditionally underrepresented high school students. This work brings early college high school opportunities to 24 schools in the state of New York, including Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School and Clean Technologies Early College High School.

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2010

Building on the success of StrivePartnership, KnowledgeWorks establishes StriveTogether, which partners with communities across the country to improve student outcomes through collective impact. This subsidiary later goes on to become an independent organization partnering with nearly 70 communities across the United States.

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2012

KnowledgeWorks publishes its first federal policy agenda, Transforming to a World of Learning: A Federal Policy Agenda, applying future trends to education transformation.

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2013

Marysville Exempted Village School District in Marysville, Ohio, partners with KnowledgeWorks to create Ohio’s first STEM-focused early college high school. That work leads to district-wide personalized, competency-based learning.

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2014

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education, published in partnership with iNACOL, provides federal policymakers and advocates with comprehensive, big-picture ideas for transforming federal policy to support the transition to competency-based learning.

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Building off of work from a forecast on the future of learning, KnowledgeWorks publishes District Conditions for Scale: A Practical Guide for Scaling Personalized Learning, which becomes foundational to work in districts and communities.

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2017

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Working alongside Bard, JFF, the Middle College National Consortium and NACEP, KnowledgeWorks helps found the College in High School Alliance. This coalition of national and state organizations collaborates to positively impact policies and build broad support for programs that enable high school students to enroll in authentic, affordable college pathways toward postsecondary degrees and credentials offered with appropriate support.

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With the South Carolina Department of Education and their Office of Personalized Learning, KnowledgeWorks helps develop the capacity of district leaders and educators with professional development on personalized learning.

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2018

In partnership with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and five school districts, KnowledgeWorks begins a five-year journey to bring personalized learning to teachers and students in North Dakota.

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2019

In the State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning, KnowledgeWorks helps states build awareness of what it will take to evolve policy systems to ensure personalized learning opportunities for all students.

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Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, the startup initiative incubated by JFF, began to transition from JFF to KnowledgeWorks, where it is focused on building evidence for the practices, supports and services that provide the most equitable and highest quality personalized education for all students.