Working Together for Educational Equity​
Racial Justice Statement
Structural racism inherent in our society must end. Our youth deserve a better future. We must work together, holding ourselves and our institutions accountable ...
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Our Promise

Marin Promise Partners believe every child deserves an opportunity to reach their full educational potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or financial circumstance so that they can become the outstanding leaders, caring neighbors, and successful professionals they want to be.

Yet systemic inequities in schools and communities continue to limit what’s possible for more than 45% of all youth in Marin, infants to college graduates. That’s 25,000 children of color and youth living in poverty who are negatively impacted by educational inequities!



Marin’s persistent educational inequity is unacceptable. Marin Promise Partners refuse to settle for a world in which a child’s potential is dictated by race, ethnicity, zip code or financial circumstance. This is why over 100 Partners – youth and family leaders, community organizations, funders, and public institutions – have come together as an integrated, Cradle-to-Career network to advance educational equity across the county.

Through a network-of-networks approach, in which local teams are linked together within a larger countywide Partnership, a unique and exciting collective strategy has emerged with unprecedented potential to create positive community impact. 


Using the StriveTogether collective impact framework, Partners are breaking down silos, building relationships, transforming systems, and improving lives by aligning around a common vision, using shared accountability data to learn and lead, taking collaborative antiracist action, and jointly advocating for shifts in policies, practices, resources and power structures.

Combining Backbone support in team facilitation, shared data, and collaborative communications with Partner’s lived experience and content expertise, together we are accomplishing what none can do alone.

Marin's Unrealized Potential

Persistent inequity calls us to action​

Yesterdays Challenge

Marin, a county of 260,000 people with incredible natural beauty and resources, is ranked one of the wealthiest, healthiest, best educated counties in California.

Yet, systemic inequities in schools and communities continue to limit what’s possible for too many children of color and youth living in poverty; resulting in some of the greatest disparities in the state.

This persistent educational inequity is unacceptable.

Tomorrow's Promise

Full Educational Potential – Together Partners are working to improve outcomes for all students while accelerating success for those most impacted by historical biases and structural racism. When learning happens in places where all students thrive, become engaged life-long learners, and experience a deep sense of belonging, the racial and economic predictability of outcomes will be eliminated.

“Over the last 10 years, the achievement gap between low-income and higher income students has closed only slightly. We need to significantly accelerate change for our students who are furthest from opportunity.”
Kim Mazzuca
Leadership Council Executive Committee & CEO of 10,000 Degrees


Student Success Milestones

Marin Promise Partners have come together to align their individual programmatic efforts into a seamless system of support for all students. To do so they have agreed upon a shared set of key milestone outcomes all along a student’s educational journey, from cradle to career. While each partner plays a unique role in helping students achieve these milestones, together, with the support of Backbone Staff, they are holding each other collectively accountable to achieving the results for all kids.

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Progress Reports

Detailed data from this report can also be accessed by clicking here to visit the online progress report or here so see the detailed data that can be dis-aggregated by school, race, and income.

"Only by working together can we create sustainable, systemic change to ensure that race no longer predicts the outcome of a child’s educational future."
Jim Hogeboom
Leadership Council Executive Committee and Superintendent, San Rafael City Schools

The Partnership

Together we can accomplish what none of us can do alone – sustainable, equitable, systems change – now and for future generations.​

Join with your neighbors and colleagues to bring the promise of Cradle-to-Career educational equity alive in Marin so that every child has every opportunity to succeed.

“I believe that Marin Promise is the answer we have been waiting for - using a proven, successful model of collaboration and data-driven decision-making to make real system-wide change. We need to rethink ‘business as usual’ because it isn’t working.”
Shelley Brown
Milagro Foundation
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