Results-driven consultants in the service of education
edBridge Partners is a mission-driven consultancy committed to helping education institutions, membership organizations and philanthropies perform at their very best for the students we all serve. From thoughtful planning and project management to creative problem solving and collaboration, we enable our clients to remove barriers to success and realize their most important goals–from strengthening signature programs and strategic partnerships to implementing clearer pathways for student success.
During the past year, edBridge has:
Created smoother pathways from high school to collegePlanned and facilitated intensive dialogue among K-12 school districts and higher education institutions to create smoother pathways for students transitioning from high school to college.
Assisted a foundation-sponsored college access programAssisted a foundation-sponsored college access program with a strategic plan and marketing program that has significantly increased both community outreach and effectiveness
Initiated a ground-breaking partnership through McKinsey AcademyInitiated a ground-breaking partnership through McKinsey Academy to provide innovative online executive leadership training to school leaders
Led a realignment program for a large community collegeLed a realignment program for a large community college to optimize organizational structure, leadership succession, and effective management of key initiatives to create better pathways for students
Helped restructure a national honors programHelped restructure a national honors program by adding value through a new college savings program, new scholarships, and interactive college planning digital tools, supported by new strategic partnerships
edBridge Partners was formed to fill the gap between intentions and results
At edBridge Partners, we are dedicated to helping our clients create sustained momentum for their most important projects, programs and initiatives. We plan, ideate and inspire creative problem solving and thoughtful collaboration to accelerate your ideas and goals. We have a set of beliefs and a way of working that will bring unique value to your organization.
Our principals have a combined 60 years’ experience in education and business organizations, working within K-12 and higher education, in applied and academic research as well as strategic planning, project management, and communications. Most significantly, we have a bias for action and a commitment to achieving results. We bring a focused, entrepreneurial approach to working within and between institutions and systems to cultivate new ideas and implement fresh approaches, on time and within budget.
- edBridge Partners is a mission-driven consultancy. We are passionate in our belief that all students deserve access to post-secondary education, and are focused on helping educators and organizations take effective actions to improve the conditions necessary for progress.
- We have deep knowledge of the field you operate in; in particular, we are experts on the critical transition point between high school and college and know what it takes to smooth that transition.
- We have a bias for action and intense client focus. Your agenda is our agenda and you will always feel as if you are the only client we have when you are working with us.
- We will give you a holistic view of your operation—not just smart data analysis and measurement tools—but a practical view of how to strengthen your programs or services with a sharp customer focus to best serve your constituents.
- We bring a network of incredible advisors and partners to our work with you. We have connections across the education sector and can recommend outstanding specialists to help meet your goals.
- We believe our work with educators is significant but it is also deeply personal. For at the heart of all that we do, it is our passion for education’s potential and belief in the power of educators that fuels our vision and drives us to help transform the organizations and institutions for the students we all serve.
We are privileged to work collaboratively with some of the best organizations and institutions to achieve their desired results.
The Education Services Foundation (ESF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to ensure that Mississippi students have access to higher education, and one of the largest private foundations in Mississippi. ESF's mission is helping Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants, while building permanent charitable capital. edBridge Partners has provided a range of services to ESF, and their college access division, Get2College, including a detailed program evaluation, strategic planning, program management consulting and board advisory services. Our work required extensive data collection and analysis, hundreds of interviews with state leaders, staff, parents and students and counselors across the state and analysis of current service models and impact in order to develop its first strategic plan to refocus and align its services for greater impact among the high-need students and families in Mississippi. The organization is now implementing the strategic plan with success.
Among the first of its kind at the system level, the USM William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation provides a cohesive place to conceptualize, organize, and disseminate innovative best practices in learning and teaching for the benefit of its students. We have been assisting the USM in the implementation of the Center's vision and mission, including planning, organizing and managing major strategic initiatives on their behalf on topics such as open educational resources, digital badging, MOOCs, student outcomes assessment, online course quality, and course redesign.
Additionally, edBridge Partners was selected by the University System of Maryland to manage a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's First in the World (FITW) program to develop, implement, and evaluate a statistics pathway in order to accelerate developmental students' progress into credit-bearing postsecondary courses and help more of those students reach certificate or degree completion effectively and efficiently. Project goals include reducing costs for students who will not have to languish in developmental courses, and saving the state and higher education institutions at least a portion of the estimated $72 million spent annually in Maryland on developmental education. In order to meet those goals, the FITW MMRI program will support the development of a new developmental statistics pathway leading to a general education statistics course. The twelve partnering institutions—five USM institutions and seven community colleges serving approximately 158,000 new students each year—will be the "early adopters" of the new mathematics pathway and will lead the development of the new pathway for Maryland's 29 public higher education institutions.
College Spark Washington funds programs that help low-income students become college-ready, making grants to organizations and institutions throughout Washington state that are helping low-income students improve their academic achievement, prepare for and graduate from college. Under a 3-year College Spark Grant, edBridge developed and implemented a self-directed, regional, professional development network for approximately 50 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics faculty representing Eastern Washington University, the Community Colleges of Spokane, and seven urban, suburban, and rural K-12 districts in the Spokane region. The project supported small cross-sector cohorts of faculty in the inquiry process of identifying problems of practice, finding ways to address those problems, and studying the implementation and results of their strategies. edBridge developed an online toolkit, Successful Transitions to College, after the project to disseminate the learning from our three-year engagement. All the tools, lesson plans, research, and data are freely available for download and use by others in the field.
The nation’s premier student-facing college planning resource, Get Schooled has a unique set of strategies and programs to engage students in their schools, delivering a powerful combination of entertainment and information to motivate them to stay in school, persevere, and plan for college. We have planned and executed Get Schooled Challenges in over 1,000 schools across the country, enlisting support from district and school leaders, conducting an analysis of the program, and delivering a report that serves as a blueprint for succeeding efforts. We also managed a grant-funded project on the Common Core State Standards.
NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1916, NASSP's mission is to connect and engage school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. We are working with the organization to strengthen strategic partners and support for its major membership programs.
Prince George's Community College (PGCC) selected edBridge Partners to engage the College in an extended dialogue and to provide actionable recommendations to align the resources, capabilities, and structure of the institution to best serve its students, prepare for the future, sustain the college, and achieve the vision for PGCC. The project also focused on identifying the leadership skills and development needed for the future. Following the approval of the recommendations, edBridge was engaged to assist in the implementation of the Realignment recommendations and new business processes to support the new structure and ways of working.
In addition, edBridge supports Prince George’s Community College participation in the three-year Pathways Project, a national project focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all their students. edBridge Partners provides project management for Pathways on the ground at the institution, providing coordination, planning, communications, and program support across all areas of Prince George’s Community College to integrate and synthesize the Pathways work to date and prepare the institution for execution and implementation of the Guided Pathways model in Fall 2018.
One of the world’s leading independent, nonprofit research and development organizations, RTI International’s education practice provides clear, unbiased, policy-focused research and innovative data tools for educators, policymakers, and the public. edBridge is assisting RTI in re-launching The Completion Arch™, a web based tool that provides easy access to national, state and initiative-level data describing the progress and success of community college students across the U.S. We are also helping RTI provide briefings for policymakers and educators, and in training community colleges to productively mine the Arch’s data for their institutions.
Created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized the link between education and economic vitality, SREB is the most comprehensive regional compact working directly with state leaders, schools and educators to improve education at every level. SREB selected edBridge Partners to support SREB in re-visioning, re-launching, and revitalizing the College and Career Counseling Initiative (CCCI) offered by the Go Alliance. Throughout this engagement, we worked closely with SREB to turn the original college and career counseling program, launched in 2009 as a state-licensed curriculum, into the only comprehensive, state-of-the-art, online college and career counseling training program for elementary, middle, and high school counselors; college access professionals; teachers who serve as advisors; and school administrators—Go Alliance Academy. edBridge supported SREB with curriculum development and program management to develop new modules and re platform existing content; business modeling, engagement and communication strategy to relaunch the program and reengage states and organizations; facilitator training on the new platform to ensure ease and quality of the experience; and state and district outreach and technical assistance to transition states to new platform and assist new states and districts in adoption.harter member states and is being expanded to strengthen college counseling across the country.
Defined by brilliant strategic thinking and driven
by a desire to achieve results
Extensive experience combined with an entrepreneurial approach
We bring a deep commitment to improving education, backed by extensive experience in both education and business organizations, in applied and academic research, and in strategic planning, project management and communications. Above all, we have a bias for action and a commitment to achieving results for our clients.