Publications

Imagine More Workforce opportunities in West Michigan
While the economy in West Michigan is strong, we face two big challenges: labor shortages in key sectors invisibility of careers and preparation pathways to emerging workers. Building a bridge to solve both challenges... to make the economy visible and fill open positions…is at the heart of West Michigan’s economic future.
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Challenge 5 Disruptive Change Strategies for Change Making The Grand Rapids Story of Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
For many years, the problem of chronic absenteeism went unnoticed, flying under the achievement gap radar. Historically adopted measures such as “average daily attendance,” required by the state and federal education reporting entities largely masked the problem. This gave school districts inadequate metrics and therefore a false sense of success by glossing over, in some cases, a third of the population of students missing too much school. Now there is Challenge 5.
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Imagine U Imagine U: a comprehensive, strategic model for sustainable change
Chaná Edmond-Verley. Believe 2 Become. August 2016.
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Challenge 5 What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence
Elissa Nadworny. NPR, All Things Considered. May 2016.
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