We've been overwhelmed with the positive response to our Together for Tomorrow (TFT) initiative, which is advancing community partnerships to propel school improvement. TFT is being led by the U.S. Department of Education, working with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Since we launched TFT at the end of February, we've had hundreds of people join us for local TFT Town Halls, where we spotlight examples of effective school-community partnerships and help catalyze new efforts. Community and faith organizations, schools, and others are embracing the vision of TFT: to celebrate and inspire community and family engagement in education; strengthen the capacity of low-performing schools to manage partnerships; and focus partnerships on the ABCs - Attendance, Behavior, Course performance, and College access.
In April, we announced the Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge, inviting schools, national service programs, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations to work together to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools.
People across the country are expressing their enthusiasm for the TFT Challenge. It offers national recognition of exemplary efforts already underway, and it creates a path to catalyze new partnerships to improve low-performing schools.
Challenge plans aren’t complicated – submissions are a maximum of 10 pages long, using an easy template. Will you accept the challenge? Learn more at TFT.challenge.gov.
Michael Robbins is Senior Advisor for Nonprofit Partnerships at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education.