Atlanta Collective Impact Backbone Design Workshop for CS/STEM Education Initiatives


Please use this site for information related to out workshop on Thursday, March 2nd, and Friday, March 3rd.

If anyone is unable to attend, we have a YouTube live stream set up for both Thursday and Friday during the workshop. (Day 1 Link Here) (Day 2 Link Here)

  • please click here to access a list of other confirmed attendees
  • here to find a map for workshop arrival
  • here to find written arrival instructions
  • here to access information about our workshop caterer: Figs & Honey
  • here to download information about Thursday’s Tapas, Dinner, & Networking Event
  • here for information about downtown Atlanta restaurants
  • here for notable Atlanta landmarks, and
  • here for the updated version of our workshop agenda 


  • 8:30am-4:30pm on Thursday, Mar 2nd, 2017 
  • 8:30am-3:30pm on Friday, Mar 3rd, 2017
  • Breakfast starts at 8:00am on both days and lunch will be at 12noon


10th Floor Conference Room, West Tower, ‘Sloppy Floyd’ Building, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30334

    • ID Required to enter building
    • Located above MARTA Station – Georgia State Univ Station
    • Parking is in Pete Hackney Parking Garage ($5 flat rate) 
    • For specific parking directions Click Here

The Atlanta Workshop on Collective Impact and Backbone Design Function will be in the main Conference Room located on the 10th floor of the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Office Building (also called “Twin Towers”) across from the Georgia State Capitol on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, bounded by Jesse Hill Jr., Drive and Piedmont Avenue.

The Georgia State Station for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is located in the lower level of this building. The Georgia State Station is one station east of the Five Points station, where the North-South and East-West MARTA lines connect.  You will have to enter on the Balcony Level from MARTA but you will then have to take the escalator down to the Plaza Level to go through security desk at the West Tower side.  Our volunteers will be stationed with ‘DOE Workshop’ signs.  Ask them for help when you see them.  Take the elevator up to the 10th floor.  Once on the 10th Floor, look for the sign or volunteer directing you to the 10th Floor Conference Room.


With funding support from the National Science Foundation’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is hosting a two day workshop for NSF INCLUDES Launch Pilot grantees to learn how to develop backbone functions for their Computer Science/STEM education focused Collective Impact initiative. The goal of the workshop is to help the Launch Pilots develop strategies to maximize CS/STEM education outcomes for diverse community based initiatives.

Training opportunities at the workshop will include:

  • A full day of training on the Collective Impact model and Backbone Functions facilitated by national Collective Impact expert, Jeff Edmondson, from StriveTogether/ KnowledgeWorks.
  • A half of day of ‘flash talks’ by Launch Pilot grantees to share their proposed backbone functions for their community’s CS/STEM Collective Impact initiative and receive peer and subject expert feedback. It will be facilitated by one of the workshop’s organizers, Khurram Hassan.
  • A ‘lessons learned’ session with participants on trying to design backbone functions for a CS/STEM focused Collective Impact effort co-facilitated by Khurram Hassan and GaDOE’s Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Caitlin Dooley (also an associate professor in Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development).
  • Portions of the workshop will be live-streamed via YouTube to broaden participation of any interested Launch Pilot participants or other interested stakeholders (NSF staff, CS/STEM education advocates).


There is no cost to register for the Atlanta workshop.

Travel, hotel, and meal costs will be reimbursed for Launch Pilot participants. Two evening meals will be reimbursed, and breakfast/lunch will be provided during the workshop. Atlanta participants will not receive travel/hotel support, as they are considered ‘local’ participants.

To register for the workshop please CLICK HERE and tell us about your Launch Pilot’s goals and what you hope to learn from the workshop.

Hotel Booking Information

We have booked blocks of rooms with 2 nearby hotels and they have provided codes for you to use for your stay in Atlanta.  The workshop is on Thu, Mar 2nd and Fri, Mar 3rd.  You are encouraged to come in the day before on Wed, Mar 1st so that you are well rested and you can stay a second night on Mar 2nd and then check out on Fri, Mar 3rd.

Both hotels are 12-15mins walk from the workshop location.  However, Ramada Inn does provide a shuttle service as well and can add the workshop location as a drop off on their route.

Holiday Inn:  20 Rooms (15 remaining)

Address: 111 Cone St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 524-7000

Reserve Online

Click here to access the web reservation page

1 – Select the check in and check out dates (March 1st and 3rd for coming day before and leaving on 2nd day of workshop)

2 – Once you put in both dates, you will see the DOE code automatically entered for the ‘group code’.  Enter number of people staying in the room and click ‘Check Availability’

3 – You will now be on the reservation page where you can click on ‘Book This Room’

4 – You will now arrive on the Contact Information page where you will enter your contact info.  You can also check off a box to receive a text message for confirmation

Reserve By Phone

The phone number is the national reservation line (1-800-HOLIDAY or 1-800-465-4329) and you have to just indicate the hotel’s location (downtown Atlanta) and address (111 Cone Street) as well as provide the code which is ‘DOE‘.

Note – Holiday Inn Express has Wi-Fi and Breakfast Included in their rate.

Ramada Inn:  25 Rooms with 20 Queens & 5 Rooms with 1 King Size

Address: 450 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone:(404) 591-2000

To make reservations, please have attendees call reservations at 1-800-854-9517 or  property direct at 404-591-2000. They can provide the group code: Backbone or reference DOE Collective Workshop.  I am attaching some info on the Ramada for you.

Note:  Ramada in rate includes Wifi but not breakfast.  However, we are providing you a breakfast both mornings so you don’t have to worry about that.

Please contact Ko or Kendell if you have any questions about these hotel options.  You are welcome to stay at other locations but remember that we can only pay the federal rate of $148/night.

Thank You and Please Confirm Your Attendance

Thank you and we look forward to hearing confirmation from you that you will be joining us in Atlanta.  You are all confirmed for the workshop but we would like to you to confirm that you have gotten your airline ticket and are definitely going to join us.  That will help us with planning our logistics.



Launch Pilot participants are responsible for arranging their own hotel/travel, and will be reimbursed once receipts are submitted. Launch Pilot grantees will receive travel reimbursement for up to $500, and hotel costs covered for the two workshop days, at up to $148/day.


NSF INCLUDES, Georgia DOE Curriculum & Instruction, Advantage Consulting, LLC, StriveTogetherGeneva Learning Foundation, Learning Strategies International


The following agenda represents a draft and is subject to change. The final agenda will be available upon registration at the workshop.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A focused day on initiating a Collective Impact initiative and identifying appropriate Backbone Functions. Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of StriveTogether & KnowledgeWorks will lead this session. He is a national expert on leading Collective Impact Initiatives and has written and trained others extensively on the topic.

Tentative Schedule:

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Workshop Registration
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Welcome and Overview of Collective Impact
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Building a Partnership, Defining Outcomes, & Intro to Backbone Function
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Blended Backbone Entities and Partners
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Action Planning and Next Steps

Friday, March 3, 2017

Participants will get an opportunity to do a ‘flash talk’ about their Collective Impact initiative’s potential backbone functions and receive peer and expert feedback. The day will close out with a facilitated discussion on the lessons learned by each participant after experiencing our Collective Impact/Backbone Function creation program for CS/STEM education initiatives. This session will be led by Khurram Hassan of Advantage Consulting and Dr. Caitlin Dooley of the Georgia Department of Education.

Tentative Schedule:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Participants ‘Flash Talks’ on Draft Backbone Functions and Receive Peer/Expert Feedback
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Lessons Learned by Participants and Assessment of Atlanta Workshop


For information on the workshop program, activities, and participant eligibility, hotel and travel, contact

Khurram Hassan, Managing Partner, Advantage Consulting, LLC

For more information on reimbursements, please contact:

Toni Stinson, Accounting Clerk of Curriculum and Instruction, Georgia Department of Education
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive  SE
1754 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Office (404) 651-7273

Fax (770) 344-4396 or (404) 656-5744