The GRAD Partnership

Partnering with communities to use high-quality student success systems so that schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for the future. 

We need new and improved student success systems and structures

to enable all to thrive in pandemic-impacted times.


High-quality student success systems are transformative. They are inclusive, fueled by strong relationships, guided by improvement science, and shaped by student-centered mindsets. They enable school teams to integrate what is known about well-being, belonging, and connectedness with real time, research-based predictive indicators of academic success. This is combined with teacher, school staff, student, and family/caregiver insights to drive supportive actions and improvements, which propel student success.

Student success systems provide schools with a unified system that integrates, extends, and increases the capacity of existing student support efforts, including early warning, on-track, and multi-tiered support systems.

The focus is on empowering the school to improve, including changing adult school practices, mindsets, structures, and policies to enable the educational success of all students.

We can do more together, with greater impact, than if we work alone.
Pooling our experiences and learnings, as well as creating a shared definition of high quality and some common tools, builds all our capacities.
Shared aim to move high quality student success (on-track) systems from a relatively new to routine school practice.
A deep commitment to equity and anti-racism and belief in student, educator, family and community agency.

Nine Organizations

coming together for one collective effort

American Institutes for Research

BARR Center

Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching

Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education

National Center for Learning Disabilities

UChicago Network for
College Success

Rural Schools

Schott Foundation

Talent Development Secondary

Communicating Partners

The School Superintendents Association

Arizona Rural Schools Association



Data Quality Campaign

Education Strategy

Education Resource

Florida Association of School Administrators

National Education Equity Lab

National Rural Education Association

Advisory Board

Edward Anderson

Executive Director, OnTrack Greenville

Catalina Cifuentes

Executive Director, Riverside County Office of Education

Juli Coleman

Chief of Improvement School Networks, CORE Districts

Mark Dunetz

President, New Vision for Public Schools

Zakiya Smith Ellis

Principal, EducationCounsel, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Carla Gay

Executive Director, Innovation and Partnership, Gresham-Barlow School District

Elizabeth Kirby

Superintendent, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Emily Pallin

Executive Director, Connecticut RISE Network

Risa Sackman

Director U.S. Education, FHI 360

Candace Standberry-Robertson

Director of College and Career Strategy, Orleans Parish School Board

Amy Szymanski

Secondary Transition and Workforce Development, Ohio Statewide Specialist, State Support Team #1