About

Partnership for Learning is the education foundation of the Washington Roundtable.

We work with our partners to improve our state’s education system so Washington students are ready to pursue the career pathways of their choice. Founded in 1994, Partnership for Learning brings together business leaders and the education community in support of policies that drive better education outcomes for all Washington students. The resources and information we provide to families, educators, and communities support an education system that prepares Washington students for success in their careers and communities.

What We Do

We build awareness, understanding, and support for policies that improve Washington’s education system, starting with early learning and leading through achievement of a credential after high school, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Our research-based efforts point the way to evidence-based policies that will position Washington as a national leader in public education. We work to ensure every student is ready to take advantage of the many rewarding job opportunities available in our state.

Our Goal

By 2030, 70% of Washington’s students will earn a credential after high school, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate, by age 26.

Today, an estimated 40 percent of Washington students get a credential after high school. Raising that number to 70 percent is an ambitious goal. It will require collaboration with education and business leaders, parents, educators, policymakers, and advocates. Through our partnerships, communications efforts, and thought leadership, we serve as a hub for information and resources about why credentials matter for our students’ futures, and how we can all do our part to help them achieve the career of their dreams.

Our Role

We use strategic communications and storytelling, partnership, and thought leadership to drive community conversations and connect educators and families with accessible, action-oriented information and resources:

Communicator
We produce and share research and digital content that make the case for a public education system that prepares Washington students to pursue the career pathway of their choice. Our Washington Kids for Washington Jobs research efforts are driving conversations about the 740,000 job openings in our state by 2021, the requisite skill requirements, and the educational pathways to success.

Partner
We engage with coalitions and maintain strong relationships to support and advance education policies that enable more Washington students to get ready for jobs in their home state.

Thought Leader
In partnership with the Washington Roundtable, we serve as the business community’s voice about education policy. We conduct research and engage with national experts to understand, advocate for, and support implementation of best practices and evidence-based policies that will drive better outcomes for all students, particularly those who are struggling or who have been systemically underserved.

Get Involved

  • Sign up for our newsletter to learn how we can work together to help students succeed.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Visit our Focus Area pages for resources that can help schools, families, and education leaders support our students as they chart their course for successful futures.
  • Adopt the 70/30 goal for your own organization, and let us know how we can help.

Team

Our team is committed to helping Washington students succeed in school and get prepared for their careers.

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History

Founded in 1994, Partnership for Learning brings together business leaders and the education community in support of policies that drive better education outcomes for all Washington students.

See our timeline of some of our accomplishments and milestones.

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