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This week I am continuing my four-part series highlighting our 13 Regional Achievement Collaboratives (RACs). RACs are designed to bring cross-sector partners together to develop a shared, local vision for supporting students and families. Below are examples from three more RACs illustrating the impact of community collaboration on student opportunity and outcomes.

The Columbia Gorge Regional Center of Innovation RAC representing Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, Gilliam, Wheeler, Skamania (WA), and Klickitat (WA) counties brings together members of the education and business communities to build a more aligned set of career and college pathways, improve postsecondary accessibility, and provide students with needed industry skills. Specifically, they have been helping to develop career pathways into local renewable energy and health care career programs. The partnership has also just launched an Internship Matching Network in conjunction with local employers that is hosted through the Columbia Gorge Community College.

The All Hands Raised RAC serves Multnomah County with a focus on eliminating racial disparities. Collaborative Action Teams made up of practitioners from schools and community organizations implement aligned action with a working agreement that all parties share responsibility, accountability and credit. Recently, in an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism, the Department of Human Services moved case managers from their offices into six demonstration site schools, realigning resources to better serve students and families. Another team that includes the six local superintendents and leaders from six culturally-specific organizations are working together on strategies to reduce disproportionate discipline in schools, focusing on both district-level policies as well as building-level practices to reduce the disproportionate rate of suspensions and expulsions impacting students of color.

The South Coast Connect for Success RAC in Coos and Curry counties is beginning a project focused on fostering parent and family engagement including raising awareness around increasing student attendance. As part of this work, the group will look at smoothing the transition from pre-school to Kindergarten. Lincoln School in Coquille has the area's first full day pre-school that is co-located within a school building. The RAC partners are collaborating with the local Early Learning Hub and the ESD to consider modeling that alignment in other schools in the area.

Thank you to each of these extraordinary collaborations for harnessing the power of community and collective impact to build transformative partnerships that make a difference for our students!

Nancy Golden

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