By All Means Communities of Practice

Mayors, Superintendents, and Community Leaders Working Together


The Education Redesign Lab launched By All Means in 2016 to rethink education and child development systems in partnership with local communities.

The initiative addresses the iron-law correlation between a child's socioeconomic status and his or her prospects for educational achievement through several key strategies:

  • Research and Dissemination 
  • Policy and Advocacy 
  • Collaborative work in 9 communities

A unique feature of the By All Means field work initiative is EdRedesign's high-touch approach to providing support to member communities, including access to national experts, a local consultant, and a network of likeminded communities and leaders.

Our cross-sector work supports local communities as they create integrated systems of child-well being and education.

We are working to redefine education with our partners in the field. The current approach to education does not serve many of our children well. What is required is a broader conception of what is needed to ensure children's success which includes domains not typically considered part of the education system such as health and out-of-school time offerings. To learn more about the communities' recent accomplishments, view our Spring 2021 By All Means Community Snapshots.

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The goal of this work is to bring together entrepreneurial and committed city and community leaders, from a select group of seven communities, dedicated to achieving systemic, integrated improvements in services for children, and connect them with the expertise of Harvard faculty and national leaders.

Participating cities are launching ambitious plans for change that include components of the Education Redesign Lab's strategy for systemic change: creating student-centered, customized learning experiences for students; integrating social, emotional, and health services with education; providing easily accessible, high-quality expanded learning and enrichment experiences for all children; and creating governance structures that will support this integrated model of services.

Each community is designing its own ambitious agenda, created through a children's cabinet with the support of a site-based consultant, to develop a plan for change that is inclusive of the community and builds on existing initiatives.


To accelerate the work, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosts a series of biannual convenings that bring together policymakers, educators, and community leaders to re-envision public education and its governance. See the By All Means Convening Catalog.

By All Means Consortium - Map of Communities

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Partnership for Resilience - Chicago Southland
Partnership for Resilience - Southern Illinois




New York



Chattanooga-Hamilton Co.

Rhode Island



By All Means Publications

Building City-Wide Systems of Opportunity for Children

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Sustaining Cross-Sector Systems of Opportunity for Children

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