About United to Learn
United to Learn (U2L) is a Dallas-based education nonprofit with a stated mission of changing lives by transforming the relationship between schools and community. United to Learn is focused on accelerating student achievement across 49 Dallas ISD elementary schools, and growing purposeful leaders through partnerships with businesses, high schools, faith-based organizations, and engaged individuals and groups. Together we work to create a united, thriving community.
Since its founding in 2013, U2L’s first 27 partner schools have seen 39% improvement in literacy achievement, ahead of Dallas ISD, Dallas County, and state averages. Through the pandemic, STAAR results of 20-21 reveal that U2L schools continue to outpace District peers, experiencing less than half the learning loss seen at non-U2L schools.
We believe our collective potential lives within our youngest learners. By uniting people and resources, we are making a measurable difference for thousands of Dallas students and their families.
Our vision: Accelerate student achievement and develop purposeful leaders.
Our mission: Change lives by transforming the relationship between schools and community.
For over a decade, we have worked arm-in-arm with Dallas ISD elementary schools igniting substantial investment in student resources, teacher trainings, and campus improvements. Over the years we have grown our partnerships to include 47 public elementary schools and many forward-thinking private schools, community partners and businesses. Together we are closing opportunity gaps and building an informed community empowered to advocate for ALL students to learn and lead.
Of the 26,100 students in our 48 schools:
- 90% live in poverty, qualifying for free or reduced lunch
- 90% have endured at least one adverse childhood experience
- 90% students of color (62% Latinx, 28% Black, 10% White)
- 53% are English Language Learners
- >1 year learning loss feared for students of color and students living in poverty as a result of campus closures due to COVID
- In the last 5 years, STAAR reading achievement has increased by 39% in our partner schools!
Evidence-based investments aligned with Dallas ISD close resource gaps across supported campuses, while tackling awareness gaps across the community.
United to Learn’s unique approach serves as an outstanding model in how to best support our students and schools. The way United to Learn staff mobilizes volunteers, businesses and community partners boosts student achievement and helps improve campuses in a way that aligns with our district vision and priorities.
– Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD SuperintendentLearn More
In Dallas, privilege and poverty have coexisted for far too long. That’s why we work side-by-side with the community, elementary educators, and students across the Dallas Independent School District to dissolve our city’s divide.
United to Learn Dallas ISD Elementary Partners
United to Learn’s commitment to cultivating relationships while tackling resource gaps is why I invited them to continue to work alongside us to accelerate learning for thousands more Dallas ISD students.
– Roshonda Clayton-Brown, Deputy Chief of School Leadership, Dallas ISDMeet Our Partners
Year-Over-Year Increase in 3rd Grade STAAR Reading Achievement
Our steadily rising scores in literacy achievement are a direct reflection of United to Learn’s collaborative investment.
– Principal Sonia Loskot, Burnet Elementary