As an African proverb states, if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
We maintain a strong leadership structure that brings senior community leaders together regularly to support the work on the ground where practices must improve. We emphasize relationships, participation, shared learning, conflict resolution, commitment to action, and follow-through. The alignment we build daily between practitioners, leaders and investors is making a positive impact. This is not easy; if it were it would have been done a long time ago.
The groups below ensure we stay focused on a data-driven approach that puts the success of our community’s kids at the center.
The All Hands Raised Leadership Council engages in action and dialogue, and champions the work of the Partnership throughout our community.
The All Hands Raised Board of Directors currently includes 24 members, 50% of whom represent communities of color. The mission of the Board is to clearly and concisely define the mission, direction, goals, objectives and operations of All Hands Raised while maintaining the organization’s acute focus on racial equity.
Our deep and long-standing partnership with each of the six school districts we serve – Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland Public Schools, and Reynolds – allows us to share ideas and align resources across districts.
Each of our work areas benefit from the wisdom and expertise of a corresponding Strategic Leadership Group, which helps to identify patterns of promising practices or resource gaps in the learnings from the School Community Sites in that work area.
A foundation of trust and transparency creates the space for complex and emotionally charged conversations with our on the ground partners at school community sites in each of our work areas. And a sense of shared accountability binds us together. We are deeply grateful for our partners’ curiosity, courage and willingness to fail.
All these partnerships are made stronger through deep collaboration with our national partner, StriveTogether. They are invaluable as we bring a greater sense of focus to our local community.