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Relentlessly focused on what young people need to be ready for the world and what the world needs to be ready for them.

I am a mom with a background in education and social work. Through my experiences teaching and running a school, I realized that getting young people to graduate does not always mean they are ready for life. This was true in my own life. As a high school dropout, I needed people and opportunities within and beyond school to prepare me for adulthood.


Today I work at the intersection of education, human services, and workforce development. My work focuses on what young people and their families need to survive and thrive, now and in the future.


I am the founder and principal consultant of First Quarter Strategies LLC, a senior advisor to Jobs for the Future, a senior fellow to Education Northwest and the CERES Institute for Children & Youth, as well as a staff consultant for the Youth Transition Funders Group. Learn more about how we can work together by clicking here.

I wrote Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World and regularly contribute to education, youth development, and parenting publications, including Youth Today, Getting Smart, and Scary Mommy.




The world feels volatile and uncertain. Major disruptions, from global pandemics to economic crises, are forcing us to live, learn, and work in new ways. Today's kids are growing up in the midst of rapid change. By the time they reach adulthood, things could look pretty different.


This book goes beyond the question of what young people need to succeed in school, to ask what they need to be ready for life. Explore the four currencies today's kids need to make it in tomorrow's world: competencies, connections, credentials, and cash. Learn how you can be a currency-builder in young people's lives.


An Amazon #1 new release in multiple categories, Making It is essential reading for anyone who wants to ensure that young people are prepared for adulthood and able to thrive in changing and trying times.

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“Krauss offers the roadmap we need to get kids ready for a rapidly changing and challenging world. Her call for every adult and educator to become a currency-builder is one we should take seriously. This is a must read.” 


—  Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education