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A Results-Driven Consultancy

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:

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  • Created smoother pathways from high school to college
  • Assisted a foundation-sponsored college access program
  • Initiated a ground-breaking partnership through McKinsey Academy
  • Led a realignment program for a large community college
  • Helped restructure a national honors program

ABOUT

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.
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How we work: Client project briefs
Successful Transitions to College (STC) in Spokane, Washington:
Inquiry-Based Professional Learning to Improve Student Transitions Download

OUR CLIENTS

We are privileged to work collaboratively with some of the best organizations and institutions to achieve their desired results.

Education Services Foundation

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.

William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

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

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.

Get Schooled Foundation

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.

National Association of Secondary School Principals

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

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.

RTI International

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.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

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.

SERVICES

Defined by brilliant strategic thinking and driven
by a desire to achieve results

We bring a new approach: one defined by comprehensive planning, systems thinking, creativity and a burning desire to achieve results for our clients. Our clients typically engage us at the launch of a major initiative or program evaluation, when strategic thinking and real collaboration are needed to streamline pathways for student success. Education leaders and organizations who work with edBridge Partners can feel confident they are getting the very best assistance – in creative problem solving, expert planning and project management – that will enable them to achieve their most ambitious goals and make a difference.
edBridge Advisory
Providing strategic counsel on mission, program and organizational effectiveness, as well as communications strategy to education institutions, membership organizations, and corporate philanthropy leaders Link
edBridge Program Development & Management
Skilled planning and project management to bring complex projects to completion, achieving collaboration across disciplines, sectors and systems to advance organizational goals. Link
edBridge Action Learning Networks
Mobilizing partnerships across sectors, institutions or disciplines for sustained collaboration, learning and collective impact Link

OUR TEAM

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.

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Christen Pollock
President & CEO
Rohit Tandon
Principal
Annika Many
Principal
Fiona Yung
Vice President
Maria Pierog
Executive Assistant to the CEO

SPECIAL ADVISORS

A talented group of Special Advisors with valuable experience to whom we can turn for advice and counsel on issues of importance to our clients.

Steven E. Brooks
The longtime executive director of the North Carolina’s highly successful State Education Assistance Authority, he is an authority on college access and financial aid.
Roger A. Fasnacht
As an independent consultant for the past 25 years, he provides financial and management information system guidance for growing entrepreneurial companies.
Robert C. Kanoy
After serving as a senior officer for the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, he is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Council on Education focusing on programs for college access and success, and adult education.
Kathleen Little
An expert on student financial aid policy, she has been a senior advisor at the College Board and a financial aid officer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Patricia Martin
Longtime head of the College Board’s Office of School Counselor Advocacy, she is a champion for the crucial role counselors can play in America’s schools.
Duncan Pollock
The former CEO of a large New York advertising agency and brand consultancy, he created successful campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands and brings valuable marketing expertise to the partnership.
Ginny Terzano
As the leader of Dewey Square Group’s communications practice, she combines political knowledge, strategic planning, and forward thinking to bring clients the most comprehensive and tactical public relations support.
Heather Ayres
A former principal of edBridge Partners, she brings more than 25 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education and broad knowledge of policies and practices in the fields of admission and financial aid; teaching and advising; and educational partnerships.

INSIGHTS

COMMUNICATING WITH STUDENTS ABOUT COMPLEX ISSUES
Communicating with students is often challenging, even more so when it comes to complex issues that impact their future. In this practical white paper, Marie Groak and Christen Pollock provide four valuable lessons to help us communicate more effectively. Link
LEADERS SAY COLLABORATION BETWEEN SECTORS IS CRUCIAL & MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACHES ARE NEEDED
Raising student achievement and smoothing the difficult transition from school to college will require sustained, intentional collaboration between schools and colleges. We commissioned Hart Research to conduct interviews with district superintendents and public and private college and university chancellors, presidents and deans to uncover both barriers and opportunities for more collaboration. Link

CONTACT US

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