Today schools are faced with a plethora of challenges from making sure students are fed when they are not on campus, to safety and health concerns and to kids having kids. Creating an environment for students to be successful begins by discovering, understanding, and knowing their critical needs. Based on those critical needs, pathways must be determined to ensure students have the skills necessary to succeed. Solving this complex situation will require convening key stakeholders, creating strategies, leveraging resources, and activating the community. In short: a multi-pronged partnership is necessary.
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True transformation in our education system begins with understanding, and understanding comes from knowing the needs of our student population. The Chamber has created an initiative, Every Child Has Access, to bring those partnerships together in order to meet those individually identified needs.
Every Child Has Access is a collective impact project that will address the overall well being of students during non-school hours, in an effort to create a continuous environment conducive to learning and health. The process will begin with a three-prong approach.
First, we will bring together public and private schools to identify the challenges and needs of area students by focusing on the time gap when kids are not in school: after 3:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. during the school year as well as weekends, holidays and during the summer break.
Second, key business and community stakeholders will be identified to help develop a shared vision and action plan to address those identified needs.
Third, a quick victory project has been identified: compile and publish a master resource guide as a tool that includes all organizations offering after-school programs, summer school opportunities, jobs programs, career fairs, tutoring, mentoring, etc. This tool will be provided to all public, private, and home school organizations.
The initiative is not a quick-fix approach and will take dedicated time and resources to bring about completion and success. But if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well and investing the time to create a well integrated outcome.
Download Family Activity Sheets and Resource Guide
Family Education Action Plan
Weekly Family Schedule
2016 Resource Guide
Journey Map (11X17)
Goals. Mission. Method.