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Susan Stoddard

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Review for Partners In School Innovation, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The spirit and accomplishments that I've seen at Partners in School Innovation have not only changed the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children, but I've also been swept along in that change. For many years I thought the problems that are rampant in schools comprised primarily of poor minority students were intractable, and not something that I or anyone else would be able to impact. I fell into the common excuses...kids are too far behind by the time they start school, parents aren't reading to them...which naturally means they won't be able to learn at the same level as privileged kids...no doubt you've also heard this line repeated over and over again. I'm sure glad that a group of extremely bright, passionate individuals refused to believe my defeatist story. Instead, they took on the extremely tough challenge of closing the achievement gap of rich/poor and white/color - and have attained a remarkable degree of success. The team brought a level of skill, energy, humility, respect and teamwork to addressing their mission. Members of the Partners in School Innovation staff have one common purpose: they believe that every person has value and that each individual should be given the support to reach his/her potential. Their work reminds me that good and amazing things are possible, and that respect, creativity and tenacity are the only ingredients really needed to create life-giving social change.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bay Area Schools

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

feel like I was using my life in a wonderfully meaningful way

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the incredible staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

terrific

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of far more children

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, and finding staff who are skilled and passionate to serve in this way.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope others will want to learn more about Partners in School Innovation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Donor & Advocate and financial supporter.