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Catalysts for Student Success

The GRAD Partnership Intermediaries serve as catalysts for the implementation of sustainable student success systems for local schools and districts. Different kinds of organizations can serve as Intermediaries, including nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, higher education centers, and school districts.

Intermediaries help advance the GRAD Partnership’s mission by:

  • Enhancing the GRAD Partnership’s ability to reach the greatest number of schools possible
  • Leveraging local organizations in a region or community
  • Building regional or local expertise to support ongoing student success work
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Benefits of becoming an Intermediary:

  • Building capacity: Technical assistance providers partner with Intermediaries on a phased approach to implementation of all elements of the student success system within a school. This includes assistance in developing support infrastructure for sustainability.
  • Networking and learning opportunities: Intermediaries will have the opportunity to network with each other and learn from our community of practice.
  • Recognition and communications support: The GRAD Partnership highly values intermediaries and their potential for impact at the local level. Our team is committed to supporting local, regional, and national recognition of an Intermediary’s work.

Characteristics our Intermediaries share:

  • A commitment to the value of student success systems and an alignment with our mission
  • Relationships (or potential relationships) with school districts in a region or community that would benefit from implementing student success systems
  • Tangible connections with the communities they serve
  • Ability to recruit participating schools
  • Internal capacity to support schools as they launch and develop student success systems
  • Capabilities that allow for the compilation of and sharing of data and impact


Meet our Intermediaries

  • Arizona Rural Schools Association – (ARSA) is dedicated to instructional
    improvement, is a member of the National Rural Education Association, and one of the GRAD Partnership’s rural cohorts. ARSA is partnering with the University of
    Northern Arizona to work with small school districts in the state.
  • Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) was established by the University of Indianapolis in 2001. Through strategic partnerships, CELL enables high-quality innovations and opportunities for Indiana schools, educators, and students. CELL has developed rural and urban school networks, which are both included in their GRAD Partnership Intermediary school cohort.

  • Missouri State University’s Center for Rural Education is Missouri’s only state-supported entity focused on the needs of rural schools. As one of the GRAD Partnership’s rural cohorts, the Center works with rural schools in the Ozarks region.

  • North State Together is a regional nonprofit committed to strengthening educational outcomes for all students in far northern California. As one of the GRAD Partnership’s rural cohorts, North State Together supports student success system development in ten remote high schools located in five mountainous counties.
  • OnTrack Greenville is a part of United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina. As an Intermediary, OnTrack Greenville brings schools and community partners together to provide clear pathways for student success. Hear from Edward Anderson, Executive Director of OnTrack Greenville, on how the GRAD Partnership has strengthened the community of Greenville, South Carolina.
  • The Rural Education Institute (REI) in the College of Education at East Carolina University collaborates with stakeholders to support positive transformation in rural families, schools, and communities. As a member of the GRAD Partnership’s rural cohort, REI works with schools and communities in eastern North Carolina.
  • University of West Alabama Center for Rural Education, in the College of Education is a state-supported institution serving the Black Belt Region. As one of the GRAD Partnership’s rural cohorts, it works with ten school districts in Alabama and Mississippi.

Updates from the Field

Intermediaries play an important role in scaling student success systems. They are often more connected to, and aware of, the needs and histories of their communities and are best positioned to adapt student success systems to local conditions.

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The GRAD Partnership is currently working with over 60 schools and districts across the nation.

Partner with us to plan, implement, and sustain high-quality student success systems so that middle and high schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for the future.

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