SERVICES WE OFFER
Community-based, student-centered solutions for our most challenging education problems.
- Technical assistance:
Support for teacher leaders in individual schools or districts who wish to implement the Senior Capstone in accordance with state guidelines.
- Convening facilitation:
In collaboration with local collaborators and community partners, we help to co-create capstone projects with teachers that build on community assets and respond to community needs.
In collaboration with local collaborators, we train teachers to engage in the community to support students who are developing capstone projects.
- Professional development:
We provide on-going professional development to teachers to deepen capstone facilitation and further community engagement.
- Training and onboarding:
Consulting and training to create a district-wide and/or school wide internship program. This includes employer cultivation, student support and onboarding, employer convening, data collection and analysis, and facilitation of intern placements.
- Infrastructure management:
We provide the backbone management infrastructure for employers and students to participate in X3. Liability insurance, student time oversight, data collection, and stipend payment to young people.
- Program building:
We collaborate with bilingual education experts in districts or individual schools to identify the assets already in place upon which we can build a new bilingual seal focused on applied learning.
- Planning and training:
We then co-plan and co-facilitate the training for teachers in this new vision of the seal in coordination with the Senior Capstone and X3 program.
In collaboration with local collaborators, we can include a “Cultural Literacy” component of the seal to ensure that young people are prepared to contribute to the justice, health and vibrancy of their local community.
- Profile building:
We partner with a district or school to build a graduate profile that describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes graduates should develop and practice before they leave high school.
- Focus group facilitation:
We then hold focus groups with diverse stakeholders to facilitate a collaborative design process for the final product.
- Professional development and backwards planning:
We then guide the process of preparing teachers and backwards planning from the graduate profile to ensure the student experience is designed to align with it.
- Data audit:
We work with a district or school to identify community-level indicators and school-level performance measures, drawing from a Results-Based Accountability approach as [outlined in this framework].
- Success metrics:
We establish a set of performance measures that align to the mission and vision of schools. Instead of the narrow definition for success common to most school accountability systems (i.e., test scores), we enhance a school's ability to use data to identify individual student needs and engage in school-wide continuous improvement processes.
- Stakeholder interviews:
By conducting appreciative inquiry interviews with stakeholders, including students and families, we identify key themes and identify data development agenda where new data collection tools and protocols need to be collected.
- Framework building:
We partner with schools to assist them in building out a support framework that enables young people to seize the community engagement opportunities presented by the schools.
For example, performance assessment and community-based learning creates transparency about student performance because it is now public. It also necessitates vulnerability as the learning is no longer a proprietary matter between the student and the teacher which compels schools to provide new support systems for young people.
- Customized IDS:
We partner with schools or school networks to customize the IDS to school performance measures, and establish secure data storage and log-in access for users as appropriate.
- Compatible reports and dashboards:
The IDS is not intended to replace schools’ existing student information systems but aims to be compatible with them, pulling data from different sources into user-friendly reports and dashboards accessible by those with appropriate levels of permission.
A schools’ performance measure reports can be made accessible through the IDS to other entities (e.g. other schools in a network, community partners) if determined to be appropriate by school leadership and in compliance with FERPA.
- Implementation of our web-based application designed for smartphones that provides a technical aid to school or program staff in capturing updates on alumni’s personal and professional outcomes.
- Narrative crafting:
We can help our partners build a new public narrative for success. We understand that the schools have been subjected to an accountability system that is inherently anti-community and racist by nature. This compels us to reframe “success”.
It begins with transparency about expectations (Graduate Profile), how and what students are learning (community-based projects and capstone projects) and the data narrative that tells a new story about success. The strategy would be both internal to the network of schools and their constituents, the larger public, and policy-makers.
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