We are excited to announce that the Catalyst:Ed Summer selection cycle opened yesterday.
Catalyst:Ed was founded on the premise that we can catalyze impact and improve outcomes for all young people by leveraging the best education expertise to solve the most pressing challenges. A year and a half later, we have had the privilege of getting to know over 400 outstanding education leaders who bring deep expertise vital to the effectiveness and dynamism of our education ecosystem. We’ve watched in awe as they’ve rolled up their sleeves and helped schools, schools systems, nonprofits and grantmakers complete critical projects and address major challenges. And we’ve deepened our resolve to identify the best and most diverse talent in education and amplify their impact so we can together help our educators, families and kids.
The Catalyst:Ed Expert Code of Conduct applies to the experts in our network. It is derived from our mission and values, and informed by our collective experiences as education leaders. It can be summed up as: “Act with integrity, treat each other with respect, and work in the best interest of kids”.
The CE Expert Code of Conduct articulates the high expectations we have from CE Experts as it relates to their work and interactions with clients. In exchange, we promise to do our utmost to provide our Experts with the support they need to meet to these expectations.
Intermediary organizations play a critical role in the afterschool ecosystem by connecting OST providers to each other and to other stakeholders - including policymakers, funders, parents and communities. In this post, we share (1) three guiding principles, (2) five ideas for projects and (3) a few key considerations to expand provider capacity.
A few times a month, we hear from someone considering independent consulting, wanting to know (1) what they should expect, (2) if it might be the right fit for them, and (3) how they should go about it. We answer the first question in this post: "Education consulting in 9 (mostly true) sentences".
Happy 2017! I hope the year is off to a great start for you.
At Catalyst:Ed, we've had an introspective start to the year. I'm incredibly proud of what we achieved as a team in 2016, our first full year of operations. We helped almost a hundred K-12 education organizations address some of their most critical challenges and grew our network to more than 400 outstanding experts, each of whom brings deep know-how in an area vital to education
Occasionally, clients will reach out to us with an ask. Through our platform, they have sourced proposals from several similarly well-qualified consultants, and they are having a hard time deciding between the options. Do we have any guidance for them on selecting the right consultant?
We have exciting news to share with you. Catalyst:Ed has partnered with the National Afterschool Association (NAA) to develop the Afterschool Expert Hub. Nested within the larger Catalyst:Ed network, this unique service will specifically focus on meeting the needs of the 10,000+ afterschool and expanded learning program providers and partners around the country by helping them connect with experts for projects and professional development.
If you ask consultants about the least favorite part of their jobs, proposal writing usually ranks in the top three. Drafting a proposal can be an unpleasant task for many reasons: it can seem impersonal and one-sided, you often don't have as much information about the project as you'd like and pitching yourself in writing can feel uncomfortable.
But there are consultants who have learned to love the task. The act of writing a proposal forces them to slow down and pay attention: to internalize the needs of the project and determine whether they are the right fit.