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Leaders Collaborative/Learning Community

The Smart Start's Leaders Collaborative program brought together state leaders to decrease disparities affecting NC's children. This innovative leadership program, designed to further the goals of North Carolina's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant, equipped Smart Start Local Partnership Executive Directors and NCPC staff with the facilitative, community-building skills needed to develop as individual, organizational and community-wide leaders.

To accomplish this, Leaders Collaborative participants worked in four 9-month cohort groups where they determined data-based disparities affecting children in their communities and cultivated the skills needed to convene stakeholders to gather to collaboratively address the disparity. Participants learned together as a Community of Practice, using an interactive online learning tool between sessions. They also received Leading for Equity training, an initiative that explores the structural racism that contributes to disparities. Five members of each cohort received additional funding to host Leading for Equity retreats in their local communities. The retreats convened stakeholders, including early childhood teachers, parents, elected officials, administrators, business and public leaders to uncover the impact of structural racism and explore how to increase opportunities for the success of all children. Three Leaders Collaborative Alumni System Leadership Retreats were held during the final year of the grant to further engage Smart Start Executive Directors and further develop their knowledge and skills. See "Learn More" for 2012-2015 Evaluation Report.

This Activity was completed December 2016.

RTT-ELC Reform Area: Successful State Systems