Jeff Cohen, M.A., M.B.A.
Director at FSG, a national consulting group specializing in the Collective Impact Process. He is currently working with communities in the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, bringing together college presidents and district superintendents to develop a Collective Impact initiative to improve postsecondary attainment rates.
Managing Director of StriveTogether, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders to create and sustain meaningful systems change. He is also a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur.
Angelo Gonzales, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Mission:Graduate, the StriveTogether education partnership in Central New Mexico, which is committed to producing 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates by 2020.
Amanda Kucich, M.P.A.
Senior Director of Youth Development at the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the lead staff developing a cradle-to-career Collective Impact partnership in Pima County.
Jennifer Pullen, M.S.
Research economist in the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, and an expert in data collection and analysis. She is project manager and analyst for Making Action Possible (MAP), a new community indicators dashboard that describes a broad range of socio-economic and quality of life issues pertaining to Southern Arizona, including education.
Manny Valenzuela, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Sahuarita Unified School District, has led initiatives to utilize assessment data to drive instructional planning and targeted intervention efforts. Dr. Valenzuela has coordinated a strategic partnership among business and educational entities in the region to support common planning and shared action initiatives. He serves on the Governor’s Commission for Postsecondary Education and chairs the Superintendents’ Group for Pima County.
Arizona trails behind nearly every state in the nation when it comes to academic achievement. With the lowest teachers’ wages in the nation, Tucson falls in the bottom third for pre-K enrollment, and fewer than 30 percent of Tucson’s high school graduates go on to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Experts from every sector of the community agree that if we don’t improve our education system, we’ll suffer the consequences economically and socially for generations to come. Nonprofits, government organizations and private foundations have been working hard to improve education and have seen some successes, but overall academic achievement remains comparatively low in Pima County.
Join us for a 90-minute live and live-streamed program on how we can have a collective impact on education that leads to meaningful systems change.
Community Interactive is a series of engaging and informative live events addressing issues Southern Arizonans face, including poverty, the border, education and the arts. Produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, each event is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity to participate in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to these pressing issues.
The Community Interactive on Education will be live-streamed on the web, and the taped version of the program will be broadcast at a later date on KUAT Channel 6 and NPR 89.1/FM. Both attendees and viewers are encouraged to participate by live-tweeting their questions to @azpmci.