High School Graduation Network

TEC and National History Day 2015-2016

Define: Define the Opportunity

To begin, each network created a network purpose statement.

The purpose statement of the Graduation Network is: 

The Aspire Graduation Network will collaboratively identify and implement strategies and actions to increase graduation rates.


In support of Outcome 4 — youth graduate high school prepared for the next step — Aspire created the Graduation Network.

Aspire seeks to introduce and encourage data-driven decision making to enable better outcomes. This requires the collection, analysis and synthesis of data and experience. It allows us to move away from subjective decision making — what we think we know — to objective decision making — what the data tells us. The Graduation Network is tasked with helping Aspire gather and analyze data from the community as it applies to middle and high school age children and likelihood that they will graduate.

Aspire is using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology to guide us through the steps required to  get to data-driven decision making. LSS includes continuous improvement techniques and tools for process development and reduction of duplication or wasted time and resources.

LSS is based on a five-step improvement process commonly referred to as DMAIC:

(D) Define – define the opportunity

(M) Measure – baseline the process

(A) Analyze – identify root causes

(I) Improve – test improvements (Pilot)

(C) Control – maintain the gains

Graduation Network Participants

Adelante, Inc.
After-School All-Stars
Benefactor Group
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Bowling Green State University
Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo
Center of Hope Family Services, Inc.
Central Cities Ministries of Toledo
City of Toledo, Youth Commission
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Double ARC
East Toledo Family Center
Education Service Center of Lake Erie West
Friendly Center, Inc.
Girls Scouts of Western Ohio
Harbor Behavioral Health
Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio
JLJ Vision Outreach
Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio
Leadership Toledo

Legal Aid
Legal Aid of Western Ohio
Lucas County Board of County Commissioners
Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Lucas County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
Lucas County Department of Planning and Development
Lucas County Family Council
Lucas County Job and Family Services
Lucas County Juvenile Court
Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
Lucas County Workforce Development
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund
Northwest Regional Center, Ohio College Tech Prep
One Village
OSU – Extension

Owens Community College
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Parent Volunteers
Partners in Education
Polly Fox Academy
Sylvania Schools
T.A.C.K.L.E.Toledo City Council
Toledo Community Foundation
Toledo Federation of Teachers
Toledo Humane Society
Toledo Lucas County CareNet, Inc.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo Opera
Toledo Police Department
Toledo Public Schools
TPS Board of Education
United North Corporation
United Way of Greater Toledo
University of Toledo
Zepf Community Mental Health Center