Collective Action


A funder, mayor, systems leader, advocacy group or some other convener engages the TWS team to address a need within one geographic area (district, city or state) to work across agencies or districts to build momentum towards bold solutions.


Toppling systems that have produced inequitable outcomes for decades is an inherently cross-functional, cross-agency, grassroots task. When it comes to how we better serve young people and families who are marginalized, addressing issues of public safety, discipline, and/or building ABAR practices, we must break through silos and past patterns.


The TWS team convenes multiple systems leaders and creates a community of practice with the relationships, space, and content to make tangible progress on community-based goals. Sample clients include:

  • The Houston Health Department and My Brother’s Keeper invited 7 districts in Houston to address the social health determinants associated with school discipline through TWS’ “Rethink Discipline Community of Practice.”
  • Stand for Children Memphis brought together district and charter school leadership, student services staff, local funders, advocates and youth sector stakeholders to identify key levers in reforming supports for young people.
  • In Phoenix, TWS worked with charter leaders and district leaders, advocates, students, funders, and law enforcement to engage deeply on the EQUITY framework and create tailored action plans.
  • Raise DC, in the District of Columbia, sought TWS support in designing a framework for how to better serve overaged, undercredited, disconnected youth. The TWS team worked with the district, funders, and the nonprofit sector to create a single, comprehensive plan.