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!
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