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What is The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo?

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo was a network dedicated to bringing together a caring and engaged community to support our educators, improving the lives of children in Kalamazoo County, and establishing a continuum of education that goes beyond the K-12 classroom experience. Think of it as a county-wide PTA, bringing together individuals and organizations from diverse sectors to help transform education in our community.

What is collective impact?

In terms of The Learning Network, collective impact brought together five elements:

  • A common agenda and aligned vision;
  • Shared measurement and continuous improvement practices;
  • Action Networks made up of a diverse group of professionals, leaders and community members with specific goals for their area of focus;
  • A backbone team, which provided support through technology, data, facilitation, community engagement and communication; and
  • Community engagement to keep our community involved and invested in the process of transformation.