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The Campaign for Grade Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders and nonprofit partners across the nation to ensure that more of our low-income children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Childhood obesity: public-health crisis, common sense cure

During the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity in children has risen greatly worldwide. Obesity in childhood causes a wide range of serious complications, and increases the risk of premature illness and death later in life, raising public-health concerns. Results of research have provided new insights into the physiological basis of bodyweight regulation. However, treatment for childhood obesity remains largely ineffective. In view of its rapid development in genetically stable populations, the childhood obesity epidemic can be primarily attributed to adverse environmental factors for which straightforward, if politically difficult, solutions exist.


During the 2009-2010 television season, over 27.9 million children ages 2-11 tuned to one or more PBS KIDS programs at least once during the year, a U.S. reach of approximately 68%. During an average minute of the season, over 535 thousand children in the United States were watching PBS KIDS programming on television. What follows is a general profile of the PBS KIDS program audience by age, gender, income, television reception method, race, and ethnicity.

STEM Education Innovation Hub

Twenty-­‐first century economic opportunities increasingly demand more workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with STEM jobs outpacing non-­‐STEM jobs by more than 300% over the last ten years (U.S. Department of Commerce). STEM jobs also pay higher, with workers earning 26% more than their non-­‐STEM counterparts (Langdon et. al., 2011). In spite of the increasing demand for more people trained in STEM, the STEM pipeline through schools is at a mere trickle due to a paucity of high-­‐ quality K-­‐12 STEM teachers and student interest. Consequently, student achievement in STEM, as measured by test scores, has remained low.

Technology Innovation Blueprint

Technology Innovation Blueprint outlines:

I. Situation Analysis

II. Areas of Focus

III. Design/Plan


Our theory is that a new convergence of early childhood development experts, philanthropy and technology sector leaders can invent innovative and accessible mobile/social networking applications and content application that enhances low-­‐income parent/caregivers’ ability of to help their children develop early literacy skills.


What is ConvergeUS?

ConvergeUS is the 501(c) (3) non-profit arm of TechNet and its mission is to drive technology-enabled breakthroughs for critical social concerns. When TechNet was founded in 1997, the founders made it a priority to concentrate on improving education in the United States of America and established the high-tech industry’s credentials as good corporate citizens. ConvergeUS drives the innovation required through convening and strategic support. ConvergeUS works with a sense of urgency by encouraging entrepreneurship and bringing together the public and private sector to determine how best to deploy technology address the problems ConvergeUS identifies. 2. How does ConvergeUS select the issues and non-profit partners it works with?

How does ConvergeUS select the issues and non-profit partners it works with?

In an effort to keep with each of the core objectives of TechNet, ConvergeUS annually selects a maximum of three non-profit partners to accelerate social innovation. We concentrate our efforts on either specific social issues or geographic areas in need of rapid improvement and sustainable momentum for meaningful change. In our selection process, we prioritize difficult and seemingly intractable problems left behind by the innovation economy. We also work with academic partners, government partners, and corporations which seek to harness the power of technology for social good.

What is an innovation Fellow and an Innovation Scholar?

ConvergeUS recruits professionals and students who are passionate about social advances and technology, and who believe they can make a difference in this world. To volunteer, please send your bio and expression of interest to us at

Does ConvergeUS have any particular areas of focus?

Each year ConvergeUS selects three areas of focus. Past areas of focus have included Childhood Nutrition Literacy and Early Childhood Literacy (0-3), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Consistently we seek to ameliorate the quality of life for military families by consistently making them an area of focus. ConvergeUS believes strongly in the power of technology to assist these families in particular.

What is the “annual summit meeting”?

Each year, ConvergeUS attempts to have a conference showcasing all of their innovation achievements for the given year. In 2011 the conference was held in Sausalito, CA and took place on October 3-4. The conference in 2012 will occur in the same place around the similar time.

Are there any specific geographical regions where ConvergeUS concentrates?

As well as paying particular attention to intractable problems left behind by the innovation economy, ConvergeUS seeks to allocate attention and resources to areas which have not been supported by the innovation economy. We believe technology is a vital necessity for social and economic progression so we pay attention to the areas that are the most visibly impacted by the lack of technological progression.

How do I apply to become a partner with ConvergeUS?

To apply to become a partner with ConvergeUS one must send an application to Patrick Gusman at To obtain application materials, email him and inquire for more details. ***Note-the application process for the 2012 year has ended. Look into becoming a partner for the 2013 season when the application opens up in the late fall!

Does ConvergeUS operate exclusively in the United States?

ConvergeUS does not operate internationally. Instead, we focus on domestic issues which technology can make leeway in changing. We leverage resources from America to assist Americans facing challenges and seek to create a more technologically advanced as well as socially progressed society. However, the success of our work could be indicative of international technological and social progression.

What is an Advisory Council?

An advisory council is a group of successful and qualified social entrepreneurs who believe in the power of technology to spur social growth. The members of the advisory councils represent different fields, different backgrounds, and different perspectives which brings diversity into ConvergeUS. There are two councils- the council of marketing, comprised of around fifteen talented representatives whose job is to spread the message of ConvergeUS and its role in spurring technological innovation. The other council is the council of innovation advisors, who assist the board members of ConvergeUS on innovative ideas, projects, and other sorts of tasks to work on.

Who has been a partner of ConvergeUS in the past?

Past Academic Partners have included Babson College, and the University of Notre Dame. Corporate partners include, TechNet, Applied Matierials, Cisco, Comcast, E*Trade, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, and PWC. Nonprofit Partners have included Silicon Valley Eduation Coalition, National Military Family Association, Farm Sanctuary, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, CommonHealth Action, and Reach out and Read.

What are qualities that ConvergeUS looks for in a potential partner?

ConvergeUS seeks to partner with organizations that show a strong desire to create a technology or technological platform which can make drastic transformation in their given area of focus. ConvergeUS would like to align with organizations that can make drastic progress in the realm of social good for their given focus area.