Hope Street Group’s Network is comprised of hundreds of groundbreaking innovators, thought leaders, and expert practitioners from across the nation, all united by a shared sense of the possible.
Our network members work together tirelessly across sectors and political lines to identify and scale the best solutions for expanding economic opportunity in the U.S. Committed to approaching persistent problems in new and collaborative ways, they understand and embody the power of collective impact.
You can get to know some of our members on a deeper level through our Interview Series. We cover everything from how they got started in their current ventures to how their work impacts communities. Click on a profile below to learn more.
Dr. Laura Jana
“As for the development of the QI Skills framework that serves as the foundation for The Toddler Brain, quite simply I recognized the fundamental absence of and need for a simple and shared vocabulary around the set of “soft,” “non-cognitive,” and “other” skills that everyone from pediatricians and preschool teachers to policy makers, CEOs and innovators was identifying as necessary to succeed in todays world. My overall intent is for The Toddler Brain to empower parents by helping them look beyond the day-to-day challenges of parenthood and gain a better understanding of the unrivaled potential they have to set their children up for future success.” Read more.
“Currently, workforce development organizations at all levels in Arizona are reinventing themselves with the new WIOA mandates. This made it a perfect time to step in and bring our core competencies of convening, connecting, collaborating, conducting research, and strong community partnerships to the table in order to design practical, scalable solutions. We are very excited about working in the retail sector as it’s one of Arizona’s largest sector employers, with 1 in 4 jobs in Arizona in the retail industry.” Read more.
“The number one reason that teacher preparation is important it’s because our school systems are changing. Currently 80% of our teachers are white women. But if we look at our current demographics of public school students, over 50% of students across the nation are students of color. If we want to ensure we’ll have any diverse and equitable world, we have to make sure the teacher workforce is equally diverse.” Read more.
“Healthy eating is at the core of well-being and opportunity. Without adequate nutrition, you won’t have as much energy, you won’t have as sharp of a mind, and you’ll be at risk of getting sick. This costs money and time – keeping kids out of school, parents out of work, and further entrenching existing inequalities. Access to healthy food and healthy habits isn’t a silver bullet solution, but it is a necessary condition for improved well-being and access to opportunity.” Read more.
Dr. Stephen Pruitt
“Teachers are the ones closest to the students. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t miss my classroom. They are the ones who are seeing the impact of whatever policy we make on students. The reality is, in my opinion, there is no decision that can ever be made at a high level that will impact students and education reform as much as what teachers do. The flipside of that is, as a full community and profession, we don’t do a good job of recognizing that. We don’t always go out of our way to push teacher leadership and to push them to be in the know. ” Read more.
Michael Conn, Ph.D
“What I see happening in the future is a coming together of the direct experiential learning–career and technical education–with higher education, with various on-ramps along the way. And, once again, Hope Street Group President and CEO Martin Scaglione has spoken eloquently about this, and I think he’s on the right track. There will be a different model going forward, where it won’t be that when you finish your secondary education or two-year degree, you’re finished and you work a job for life. ” Read more.
“We have one of the largest East African communities in the nation so we’re doing a lot of work to create an “opportunity hub”. We bring training programs, employment fairs, paid internships at the high school level with our Step Up Program, and we provide scholarships for children to go to scrubs camps to develop their skills, see role models and begin to understand those healthcare career pathways. …We’re deliberate about targeting our opportunities to address the under- and unemployment gap, from education through career.” Read more.
“People partner with us because they believe in the mission, and they’re working towards achieving the same goal – making flavorful, nourishing home-cooked meals approachable and enjoyable. We have huge amounts of data and nutrition information available that can help us personalize our meals. We want to show people that healthy, whole foods are not out of reach and is, in fact, easily attainable.” Read more.
“What I appreciate about Hope Street Group is, it is really tapping into something that I don’t think we’ve focused on a lot, which is the advocacy piece of leadership. I don’t think we have ever figured out how to teach it and I don’t know if you teach it in a class, but you do teach it through experience. I think that’s been very powerful, to find that voice and know how to exercise that voice in a positive way.” Read more.
“Everything you do as a parent or caregiver matters! You’re the foundation for nurturing children’s SED through thoughtful interactions, compassionate reassurance and guidance, and a loving home environment. It is also understanding that as parents we are all learning about our children and each child is unique.” Read more.
“Our ability to change the lives of Tennessee students multiplies exponentially when all stakeholders are at the table. Just as our students need individual attention to strengthen skills and grow, our teachers need the same. Hope Street Group provides teachers with an outlet to receive tailored training and development. Additionally, it gives teachers the opportunity to connect with other teachers and building meaningful professional networks outside their own schools and districts. It’s a powerful way for teachers to engage in reflective discussions and collectively lift their voices.” Read more.
“The key to successful partnerships that truly make differences in the lives of the people we serve begins through a series of communications, to establish clear consensus around the goals and expected outcomes of the collaboration. It is essential to obtain a commitment from each organization’s leadership to coordinate, contribute and leverage each other’s resources to drive our work towards the agreed upon outcomes.” Read more.
“Center for Teaching Quality teacherpreneurs influenced about 180,000 practitioners over the past four years; hundreds of teachers have produced about 600 high-quality blogs and articles annually with our support; and teacher-led social media campaigns have reached millions. I still conduct research and engage policy leaders, but my influence pales in comparison to that of thousands of CTQ Collaboratory members who lead boldly without leaving the classroom.” Read more.
“When it comes to food system change, we don’t need to recreate the wheel, just become part of it. This assumes there is a wheel that has some structure and support and is capable of carrying us to a better place. The field of food system change (the food movement) needs more focus and a united front – hopefully our dialogues will lead to us building a stronger wheel.” Read more.
Dr. June Atkinson
“I like Twitter a lot. If we had out 96,000 teachers in North Carolina putting on Twitter at least one success every single week, can you imagine the impact we would have? We have too few examples in the media of the great work happening in our schools. All of us are salespeople and we have to use our voice. I have used this example with staff members, when our graduation rate went to about 80%. I didn’t care where they were—whether it’s a wedding and you’re part of a toast. I want you to find some way to put into your toast that North Carolina has the highest graduation rate in the history of our state. We have to find ways to do that selling.” Read more.
“We believe that effective workforce development is really driven by the understanding of the business community, so we view our primary customers being the businesses we’re serving. We spend a lot of time speaking to employers to understand where their pain points are in hiring. …Certainly having relationships with key employers to help inform our curriculum is incredibly important. It keeps the program incredibly relevant.” Read more.
“We need more individuals willing to take chances on creating technology solutions that don’t just enable the old system, which is where many entrepreneurs have seen a quick buck — I’m going to build a better mousetrap — but that transform the way we unlock someone’s potential, spark imagination, and enable success. ” Read more.
“The healthcare industry is at a tipping point where it can really change for the better and I find it energizing to be able to play a small but active role in the industry’s transformation. I’m excited about the gains that will come when we apply many of the innovations from the tech industry in the healthcare setting. ” Read more.
Terry Holliday, PhD
“I think teacher voice is critical if you want to implement any type of education reform. If you look at states that have struggled with implementation of standards, assessments, and accountability, what you see is where they didn’t have teacher voice, they had lots of problems and real concerns coming from teachers.” Read more.
Steven Robbins, PhD
“I think one of the big challenges facing our country is our difficulty engaging employer networks in ways that get them informed of practices that are aligned with policies that are evidence-based. That’s where we look to Hope Street Group—to help connect those dots and perspectives to enable change.” Read more.
“…music and the artists behind it are beginning to drive political conversation. It could be just a tweet that’s sent out or a simple Instagram post. The music and the content creators are helping to agitate the conversation, as well as providing music as a release for individuals who are in the fight for change.” Read more.
Adam Rockefeller Growald
“I love Hope Street Group’s self-description as “a coalition of the reasonable.” In the final analysis, we are all linked to one another by our common humanity: many of the challenges we face as a world would be diminished if more people would remember that we are all manifestations of the same great mystery.” Read more.
“I’m very hopeful about what’s happening in New York City, especially with respect to organizational synergy and shared vision. Across the board from government agencies to community based organizations and the private sector, there is a sense of urgency and commitment towards moving the needle in childhood obesity.” Read more.
“Through my work, I’ve learned that the real power in this country, even today, really does lie with the people. Everything that happens in this society, whether it’s the creation of a business or the election of a leader, it all comes from the work of the population. So my advice to anybody is: We have a sovereign right and a sovereign duty at the most fundamental level to be engaged people who pursue knowledge and ideas and challenge the status quo. You don’t need a title to do that; just being a human being and a citizen in this nation gives you the right to do that.” Read more.
“When teachers have a seat at the table, it brings voice to the profession as a whole. Policy created with, or by, teachers often encompasses the nuances of the profession and engages more teachers in a trickle-down effect. Teacher voice correlates to an increase in teacher buy-in and participation. It is the difference between having a compliant teacher who simply goes through the motions, and a committed one who embraces new processes or systems.” Read more.
“As millions of individuals are entering the [healthcare] system for the first time, it’s now more important than ever that they need tools to help them decide everything from what kind of insurance plan to pick, to how insurance works, or what kinds of things they should do based on their own healthcare needs and history.” Read more.
“In teaching middle school in low income schools in Little Rock, AR and Durham, NC, I found so many students disconnected from what jobs they could have if they only knew they were possible. That has continued to push our focus on jobs, job readiness, and career awareness for students, especially those at risk of dropping out or not succeeding economically without awareness and pathways to follow.” Read more.
Dr. John Deasy
“Diversity in so many ways is our strength. In Los Angeles, in our schools we speak 190 different languages, 70 nations are represented in our school, 71 when you include the U.S. There’s great power in an international city. I mean, I often say that L.A. is America only sooner. It’s who we look like, it’s what we’re able to do.” Read more.
“When we ask our practitioners, ‘When you close the door in the exam room, what are the one or two things your patients want to talk about?’ Overwhelmingly – Instability of jobs and housing. Everything intersects – education, jobs and healthcare. They really want to say, ‘It’s great you want to talk about my blood pressure, but I need a job!'” Read more.
“I think that as employers, we have to do a better job of explaining the career opportunities available in our shops that don’t require years of college or decades of college loans—and that the work is challenging and probably even more mentally stimulating than what the entry-level college grads (who are lucky enough to find an entry-level position) get. We need the public schools to recognize that the one-size-fits-all college model isn’t working.” Read more.