Mini-Plenary: Building Shared Ownership through School Site Teams

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1 Mini-Plenary: Building Shared Ownership through School Site Teams Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi) San Fernando Middle School, Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) & LAUSD Hillcrest Elementary & Instituto Familiar de la Raza, SFUSD Communities in Schools (CIS)

2 Introductions Presenters Jamie Harris, Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi) Gustavo Morales, Community School Coordinator at San Fernando Middle School, Los Angeles Education Partnership Kelly Welsh, Assistant Principal, San Fernando Middle School, LAUSD Stefanie Eldred, Community School Coordinator, Hillcrest Elementary School, SFUSD Cassandra Coe, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Hillcrest partner, SF Gaudencio Marquez, Program Director, Communities in Schools (CIS) of Los Angeles

3 Overview The Why s and What s Why do you need a Site Leadership Team? Operationalizes the shared part of the community school approach shared vision, leadership, responsibility, resources, etc. Institutionalizes the approach, instead of based on personality Say it with me, sustainability

4 So what is a Site Team? Overview The Why s and What s Unifies and guides the community school towards shared goals Represents major stakeholders, e.g. school, lead agency, partners, parents, students, intermediary, elected officials Integrated into other organization structures in the school

5 The Why s and What s Major Roles What are the general Roles of a Site Team? Big Picture Vision, needs, resources, alignment, equity Engagement and Partnerships Partners & services, broad engagement, communication back to stakeholder groups at all levels Continuous Improvement and Support Data, best practices, innovation, PD and coaching

6 The Why s and What s Site & System Leadership Where does Site Leadership fit within a larger system? Community schools = shared leadership All of the site leadership team functions also occur at a systems level Site and system level leadership inform each other and the overall initiative

7 The Why s and What s Collaborative Leadership

8 Why s & What s Scale Up Guide More Detailed Functions Results-Based Vision Data and Evaluation Finance and Resource Development Alignment and Integration Supportive Policy and Practice Professional Development and Technical Assistance Broad Community Engagement

9 Each Team will cover: Site Leadership Panel The How s and Lessons Background on their site or organization Description of their site team structure(s) Details on specific functions of their site teams Advice on building ownership through site teams

10 Reflect on your Sites Take a minute to reflect (and write) on a few key issues related to your own sites and site teams

11 Site Leadership Panel San Fernando Middle School San Fernando Middle School will be a community school in which assets from within the school and from the broader community are harnessed to support our students SFMS began school redesign process as part of LAUSD s public school choice initiative. Formed a Collaborative with school and district staff, students, families, partners and community members 3-month research and design process (now year-long) SFMS re-opened in 2010 as a community school with LAEP as the lead agency

12 San Fernando Middle School SFMS Demographics Located in the small city of San Fernando, Southern CA High poverty, significant gang activity, linguistic isolation, and low educational attainment Deep community roots, strong work ethic, collaborative 1,100 students in grades % Latino, 1% African-American, 2% Other; 97% free/reduced lunch In , improved CST scores in Math (11% points) and English (5% points), and achieved 4 times API growth target (52 points)

13 San Fernando Middle School LAEP as Lead Agency LA Education Partnership s Mission is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement by partnering with educators, parents and the community. o We work both outside of schools as an agent of change, and within schools as a collaborative partner o Our efforts foster excellent schools, great teachers and engaged communities

14 San Fernando Middle School Site Leadership Structure

15 Shared Vision San Fernando Middle School Site Team Functions Alignment and Integration - Shared Leadership Resource Development Supportive Policy and Practice

16 Site Leadership Panel San Fernando Middle School Lessons Learned

17 Site Leadership Panel Hillcrest Elementary School Hillcrest s mission is to engage students to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners who will make positive contributions to their families and their communities Critical mass of like-minded staff and new administration Grantee in the last cohort of Healthy Start funding from the CA Department of Education Early adopter site for SFUSD s first community school initiative, New Day for Learning, SFUSD community school flagship

18 Hillcrest Elementary School Demographics Located in southeast San Francisco, CA 485 students in grades K-5 44% Latino; 31% Asian/PI; 11% African American; 8% Filipino; 3% White; 3% Other 86% Free/Reduced Lunch; 65% English Learners; 16% Special Needs In , 7% increase in Reading & Math CST scores and 15% gain on reading benchmarks 20+ community partners; over 1 million dollars in-kind, leveraged and grant funding

19 Hillcrest Elementary School Core Services Rigorous, Inquiry-Based and Literacy-Focused Academic Program Seamless Day and Year Parent Engagement Health and Wellness Community Engagement Program Coordination, Integration and Alignment

20 Hillcrest Elementary School Site Leadership Structures Tri-annual Community School Council o SSC, school administration and staff, PTA, families, partners, volunteers, community members and supporters Monthly o School Site Council and English Language Advisory Council o Instructional Leadership Team o Parent Teacher Association o Partner Collaborative Weekly o Community School Leadership o Coordinated Services Team o Mental Health Collaborative (Bi-Weekly)

21 Shared Vision Hillcrest Elementary School Site Team Functions Community Engagement Alignment and Integration Professional Development and TA

22 Site Leadership Panel Hillcrest Elementary School Lessons Learned I am my community. My community is me.

23 Site Leadership Panel Communities in Schools (CIS) Mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Founded in 1970s, now the nation s leading dropout prevention organization CIS of Los Angeles launched at 2 high schools in 2007 Today, CISLA serves over 1,900 students in 8 schools CIS positions a coordinator inside schools to assess needs and deliver necessary resources that remove barriers to success.

24 School Admin School Support Staff Other Service Providers Teachers Coordination of resources Diff at each school Monthly CBO meetings Site Coordinator Monthly/quarterly meetings help in developing site plan help in evaluating services School Leadership Team SITE TEAM Graduation Coach Whole School Programming Americorps Case Management

25 Communities in Schools (CIS) CIS Model CIS Model 1

26 Communities in Schools (CIS) CIS Model.

27 Shared Vision Communities in Schools (CIS) Site Team Functions Data and Evaluation o Needs Assessment o Evaluation Finance and Resource Development Community Engagement

28 Site Leadership Panel Communities in Schools (CIS) Lessons Learned

29 Questions? Thank you and good luck!

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