CommunicationWorks works actively with clients on a broad array of issues that affect the future of learning in the United States. We have led strategic communications efforts or issue campaigns focused on everything from reducing dropouts to improving the financial sustainability of our education system, from strengthening the teaching profession to increasing academic rigor in high school and student success in college. The firm has helped make significant changes at every level of education, from early childhood education to graduate school. The list below represents a small sample of the issue areas in which we have made major impacts:

Access │ Accountability │Accreditation │Alternative High Schools│ Assessment │Charter Schools │ Civic Responsibility for Schools│ College Admissions │College Costs │Comprehensive Student Supports │ Curriculum│ Dropouts │Early Childhood Education │Education Research │Equity │Facilities │Financial Aid │Growth Measures │High School Improvement │Hispanic Education │Independent Schools │Innovation │International Education │Leadership │Liberal Arts │Middle Schools│ National Assessment │Open-Source Education│Out-of-School Learning │Productivity │Professional Learning │ School Finance │Sex Education │ Special Education │Standards │ STEM Education │Technology │Teacher Education │Teacher Recruitment │Teaching and Learning │Testing│ Time and Learning │Value-Added Assessment │ Workforce Development │Youth Health

The following are some in-depth examples of the work we have done in a few of these areas:

Improving College Access and Affordability
The success of individuals in today’s economy – indeed, the success of the U.S. economy itself – requires educational attainment and skills beyond high school. But the soaring price of our higher education system is shrinking college opportunities for recent high school graduates and adults.
Bolstering Low-Income Student Success
In many cities, half of all high school students drop out, and a large minority of students who finish school lack not only the requisite skills and knowledge, but also the social, health, and academic support they need to successfully transition to work and postsecondary education.
Strengthening Teaching and Leadership
A significant percentage of the nation's education workforce will retire in the next several years, but creating the next generation of quality educators won't happen if we only focus on putting new bodies in classrooms. We need to rethink how we educate, recruit, deploy, develop, support, retain, and compensate educators.