What We Do
We are solution designers.
We help leaders, schools and systems ideate, design and implement innovations for equity.
Getting Smart is a unique hybrid of entities that combines tailored advisory services with field-building advocacy. Serving as a central hub, we facilitate movement building, cross-organization collaboration, and community organizing. Our mission is to unite impact-oriented partners, fostering a collaborative ecosystem that accelerates innovation in teaching, leading, and learning. We bridge organizational gaps and leverage collective momentum to address both educational and societal challenges.
At Getting Smart, we are committed to creating a positive impact on education and communities.
Our team empowers leaders in learning. We specialize in instructional, school and system design, network advising and innovative leadership and learning models. This work includes workshops, design sessions, coaching, thought partnering, innovative program design and implementation support for learner-centered personalized learning. Services include:
- Development/implementation of Learner Profile, Portrait of a Graduate, Educator or Leaders
- Unpacking, supporting and scaling Instructional Design
- New School and program design
- On-demand, flexible coaching
We provide strengths-based, flexible, client driven strategic support to a variety of organizations and school districts. Our varied strategy partnerships include project design, planning and management, network design and development, scaling strategies, strategic guidance, technical assistance, product and brand development, product development, market positioning and go-to-market strategy, organizational development, strategic communications, and education foundation investment strategy. Services include:
- Scaling and strategic planning
- Product and brand development
- Foundation investment strategy
- Organizational development
- On-demand strategic support and coaching
- Strategic Communications
We design and facilitate in-person and virtual school and learning tours, speaking engagements, professional learning, and workshops. We also work with clients to develop event strategies and provide event management and logistics. Services include:
- Leadership development
- Community of practice development and facilitation
- Webinars and workshops
- School tours
Through grantmaking and storytelling campaigns, Getting Smart Collective has worked with countless partners, organizations and schools to focus on innovations that drive equity.
Campaign & Initiatives
Getting Smart Collective designs and implements high impact, change making, thought leadership campaigns and initiatives with foundations and learning organizations. This movement building work includes spotting, naming and framing emerging issues, initiative and partnership building, campaign management, and tool and resource development, publication and dissemination. This includes:
- Thought leadership campaigns
- Tool and resource development
- Community and partnership building
Community & Storytelling
For over a decade Getting Smart Collective has built an engaged community of leaders, learners and educators. We stay connected to our community and build awareness and momentum for innovations in learning through our media channel and learning experiences. Our community includes:
- Town halls
- Podcasts and blogs
- Our weekly newsletter
- Social media
- Storytelling partnerships and workshops
We actively fund and support innovative and high impact learning opportunities through our grantmaking and program management services.
- Program development
- Grantmaking and grants management
- Program evaluation
Getting Smart partners with ASU Preparatory K-12 Academy Charter Network in Arizona to support strategy around new school model design and launch, network alignment, professional learning, learning model development, branding, communications and curriculum design. Through on-site meetings, virtual meeting and coaching, design session facilitation, and project work, our focus is helping ASU Prep reach the mission of designing new models for educational success and raise academic achievement for all learners.
Working together with a local foundation, we helped to develop a regional strategy and shared vision for high school learners to graduate with authentic real world experiences that are badged and recognized at businesses and universities across a two state partnership. This includes building entrepreneurial skills, job shadows, college prep opportunities and more. Through this project we worked with varied sizes of districts serving diverse communities to create a common set of agreements on what opportunities and experiences should be provided to high school graduates.
To highlight the employment, ethical and educational implications of exponential technology, we launched the Ask About AI campaign. Through over 50 blogs, a social media campaign, a series of podcasts, nationwide convenings and a culminating white paper we explored implications for employment, public policy and education and how we can prepare learners for the future of work and learning.
We supported The Learning Accelerator with storytelling for their Strategy Lab cohort in the Summer/Fall of 2020 in order to expand their practices and make them available to other districts, and to share success stories from the field. This included digging into existing content and resources to find story opportunities, interviewing cohort members and TLA leaders, and content development.
We partner with schools, districts, and networks, as well as learning and philanthropic organizations.
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