The nation's premier communications firm focused solely on education and learning

We are dedicated to improving learning systems, in and out of school, for students and adults, through better communications, collaboration and engagement.

Solutions, with lasting impact.

Collaborative puts your ambitions at the center of every action. Our cross-team approach combines our strong content knowledge, communications expertise, relationships and focus on results. Every project, no matter how small, includes partner-level involvement. Every step of the way you and your team will be supported by the best set of skills and expertise to meet your needs.

At Collaborative, we are focused on building your capacity as we help you achieve your goals. Our intent is to deliver results and, by doing so, build a lasting and meaningful partnership.

National perspective, local focus.

Collaborative recognizes the importance of engaging at all levels, working with policy leaders, experts, educators, parents and citizens to improve learning opportunities for all.

Our partners represent that understanding. As an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business, we work with federal, state and municipal government agencies. Not-for-profit membership and policy organizations. Philanthropies and socially responsible companies. Advocacy groups and education agencies. All are part of the Collaborative network. All are reflected in our approach and our commitment.

  • Washington, DC

    Partnering with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to open school data and empower every family to make meaning of information about schools

    Explore LearnDC
  • Arizona

    Facilitating the Arizona Mayors Roundtable, aiding first generation college students with the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation and building capacity with the Arizona School Boards Association

    Check out the AZ Mayors Roundtable
  • Flint, MI

    Leading a national movement to expand learning opportunities with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

    Join the Expanded Learning Project
  • Portland, OR

    Building a national dialogue on assessment literacy and the importance of high-quality tests for the Northwest Evaluation Association

    Learn more about assessment literacy
  • Mobile, AL

    Improving public education outcomes and building lasting community capacity for the Mobile Area Education Foundation

    Meet MAEF
  • California

    Design and management of the James Irvine Foundation's Youth Program and Linked Learning Grantees Retreat

    Find out about Linked Learning
  • Washington, DC

    Organizing exciting learning opportunities for public charter school professionals at the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference

    Learn More and Register
  • Atlanta, GA

    Examining research and thought leadership in state trends with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to create a dynamic map-based tool for understanding action areas and best practices for implementing a quality education system in states

    Explore SREB Insights
  • Illinois

    Enriching the Illinois Interactive Report Card to meet the changing information needs of families and educators

    Learn about IIRC
  • Washington, DC

    Partnering with Data Quality Campaign (DQC) to redesign the organization’s website and create a user-friendly online space to learn more about education data policy and use

    Learn More
  • Tallahassee, FL

    Partnering with the Foundation for Excellence in Education to create an exemplar online school report card prototype for states that is built to meet new federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    Explore Know Your Florida School
  • Dallas, TX

    Working with the George W. Bush Institute to serve up searchable and comparable city-level reports on education data from over 100 cities in the U.S. to help empower policymakers to improve student outcomes

    Explore State of Our Cities
  • Arizona

    Helping College Success Arizona to make the case for investing in college success strategies

    Learn More
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Broad Foundation

  • C.S. Mott Foundation

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York

  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

  • Foundation for Child Development

  • Foundation for a Better Life

  • James Irvine Foundation

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  • Kettering Foundation

  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation

  • National Education Association Foundation

  • PEW Charitable Trusts

  • The Prudential Foundation

  • Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

  • Schott Foundation for Public Education

  • Southern Education Foundation

  • Stupski Foundation

  • Team Pennsylvania Foundation

  • Wallace Foundation

National Organizations
  • Academy for Educational Development

  • Afterschool Alliance

  • Alliance for Excellent Education

  • America Achieves

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

  • American Association of Community Colleges

  • American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

  • American Federation of Teachers

  • American Heart Association

  • American Institutes for Research

  • American Reading Company

  • Annenberg Institute for School Reform

  • AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation

  • Aspen Institute—Commission on No Child Left Behind

  • Association of American Publishers

  • Association of Public Television Stations

  • Bellwether Education Partners

  • Boston Consulting Group

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America

  • Broader, Bolder Approach to Education Initiative

  • Cable in the Classroom

  • Center for Teaching Quality

  • Center on Education Policy

  • Change the Equation

  • Coalition for Community Schools

  • College Board

  • Common Core

  • Communities in Schools

  • Council of Chief State School Officers

  • Economic Policy Institute

  • Education Commission of the States

  • Education and the Public Interest Center/University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Education Trust

  • EdWorks

  • EPIC Learning

  • Forum for Democracy and Education

  • Forum for Youth Investment—Ready by 21

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • High Scope Educational Research Foundation

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

  • International Baccalaureate

  • International Society for Technology in Education

  • Jobs for the Future

  • Keys to Literacy

  • Knowledge Alliance

  • Learning First Alliance

  • Learning Forward

  • Microsoft—Partners in Learning

  • Mondo Publishing

  • National 4-H

  • National Academy Foundation

  • National AfterSchool Association

  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

  • National Art Education Association

  • National Association for Music Education

  • National Association of Elementary School Principals

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

  • National Career Academy Coalition

  • National Center on Education and the Economy

  • National Center for Families Learning

  • National Center on Time and Learning

  • National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

  • National Council of La Raza

  • National Council for Teacher Quality

  • National Governors Association

  • National League of Cities

  • National Middle Schools Association

  • National School Boards Association

  • New Classrooms Innovation Partners

  • New Global Citizens

  • New Leaders

  • New Tech Network

  • Northwest Evaluation Association

  • OMG Center for Collaborative Learning

  • Parents for Public Schools

  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills

  • Perfection Learning

  • Progressive Learning

  • Project Tomorrow/Net Day

  • Public Education Network

  • Stanford University, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

  • Teach for America

  • The Education Trust

  • The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation

  • The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

  • The Riley Institute at Furman University

  • The United States Conference of Mayors

  • United Way Worldwide

  • Urban Teacher Center

  • WestEd

  • World Wide Workshop

State Organizations
  • Arizona College Scholarship Foundation

  • Arkansas Leadership Academy

  • Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)

  • Georgia Afterschool Investment Council

  • Massachusetts 2020

  • Pennsylvania STEM Initiative

  • Nevada Public Education Foundation

  • Texas Consortium on School Research

  • Youth Community Connections (MN)

Local Organizations
  • Achieve Hartford (CT)

  • Alliance for Quality Education (SC)

  • Austin Partners in Education (TX)

  • Bay Area Partnership for Children and Youth (CA)

  • Brainfood (DC)

  • Center for Student Opportunity (DC)

  • Columbus Office of the Mayor (OH)

  • Connecting for Children and Families Center (RI)

  • Dallas Arts Partners (TX)

  • DC Education Compact (DC)

  • DC College Success Foundation (DC)

  • DC Language Access Coalition—Leadership Consulting (DC)

  • DC Voice (DC)

  • The Education Foundation of Collier County (FL)

  • The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools (NJ)

  • Fund for Educational Excellence (MD)

  • Higher Achievement (DC, MD, VA)

  • In2Books (DC)

  • Jacksonville Public Education Fund (FL)

  • KETC Public Television (MO)

  • MetroHartford Alliance (CT)

  • Mobile Area Education Foundation (AL)

  • New Visions for Public Schools (NYC)

  • Newark Community Foundation

  • Newark Education Trust (NJ)

  • Padres Unidos (Austin, TX)

  • Paterson Education Fund (NJ)

  • San Francisco Education Fund (CA)

  • School of One (NY)

  • United Way of Central Ohio (OH)

  • United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg (VA)

  • United Way of Greenville County (SC)

  • United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta (GA)

  • United Way Valley of the Sun (AZ)

State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Arkansas Department of Education

  • Delaware Department of Education

  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education (DC)

  • Michigan Department of Education

  • National Institute for Literacy

  • National Reading Panel

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Rhode Island Department of Education

  • US Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)

  • US Department of Education—21st Century Community Learning Centers PPICs

  • US Department of Education—Charter Schools Program

  • US Department of Education—What Works Clearinghouse

  • US Department of Energy

  • US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • US Department of Labor

  • US Department of Treasury

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs

  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Virginia Department of Education

Local Education Agencies
  • Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)

  • Boston Public Schools (MA)

  • Clark County School District (NV)

  • Collier County School District (FL)

  • Corpus Christi Independent School District (TX)

  • Denver Public Schools (CO)

  • Long Beach Unified School District (CA)

  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education—Public Education Finance Reform Commission (DC)

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)

  • San Diego Unified School District (CA)

A knowledgeable, talented team.

Our people make the difference. Collaborative has deliberately built a team with a unique combination of deep knowledge of the education landscape and specific communications and engagement skills. In that way, we're bilingual: We are as fluent in education content as we are in the communications approach you need to move your ideas forward.

Our fluency comes from experience. Our team members have worked with the nation’s leading not-for-profit organizations and membership groups. They have developed and led premier communications departments and campaigns. They have served in government, schools and communities.

But what really sets us apart is our commitment to our partners and focus on the improvement of learning opportunities for all. The Collaborative difference is how much we care about getting it right—every single time, every single day.

We exist to serve you and to accelerate your progress. Let us introduce our network to you and show you how our capabilities can advance your goals.

If you have an interest in joining the Collaborative team, please send a resume and compelling cover letter to