Des Moines, IA Community Summit


Central Iowa including Polk, Dallas, Warren, Madison, Jasper, and Marion Counties

Event Name

Excellence in Education: Destination Graduation GradNation Community Summit

Event Description

Greater Des Moines Partnership and United Way of Central Iowa, in collaboration with America’s Promise as part of the GradNation Campaign, for the Excellence in Education: Destination Graduation Summit are exploring ways for businesses, education leaders, community leaders, legislators, nonprofits and others to support our students by providing a strong career pathway for future success. The purpose of the day will be to engage in conversations and develop partnerships about how we all play a role in providing students with the skills needed to be successful in their lives beyond the K-12 setting. Central Iowa has been successful in increasing our community's high school graduation rate, but there are still significant segments of our population in which critical disparities exist.

At the Summit we will:                       

  • Gain shared understanding of educational barriers that exist, especially for children from low-income families
  • Explore more ways businesses can connect and partner with education
  • Explore the connection between early grade reading and high school success
  • Showcase successful initiatives in Iowa schools

Keynote Speaker: Brandon Busteed, Gallup Education