Collaborative

Our Collaborative is committed to nothing less than every West County child graduating from high school prepared for college, career and life. By 2025, we will double the number of West County children and youth who earn a degree or certificate. We are individually and collectively committed to aligning our strategies and resources to eliminate the systemic inequities faced by underserved and underrepresented children, youth and families.


Collective impact is a model of collaboration that brings together a broad group of actors to solve a specific social problem. The five core pillars of collected impact are:

1. Common Agenda
2. Shared Measurement Systems
3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities
4. Continuous Communication
5. Backbone Support Organizations

Our Collaborative is a partnership between over 40 agencies that support the success of children and youth who attend public schools within the enrollment area of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The Collaborative is a collective impact initiative committed to ensuring that every West County child graduates from high school prepared for college, career and life. Core principles of respect, integrity, equity, access, creativity and partnership guide the Collaborative.

We grew out of the College Access Initiative and Out-of-School Time Initiative at The Ed Fund. The Ed Fund invited members from both initiatives to join them in a series of facilitated strategy sessions to find alignment between the two initiatives in order to improve student success. Those sessions resulted in the formation of a nascent Collaborative collective impact initiative.

We identified four core goal areas: out-of-school time, college access, family engagement, and achieving post-secondary success. Additional future and related goal areas were also identified: access to health services, and safety. These goal areas are well defined and demonstrate our commitment to improve the lives of children and young adults living within the West Contra Costa Unified School District enrollment area.


Goal: Underserved and underrepresented West County children and youth will have greater access to high quality Out-of-School Time (OST) programming that builds knowledge, shapes attitudes, and strengthens relevant skills through active and engaged learning.

Defining the Target: Engaging learning opportunities are not limited to the school day classroom. OST learning, enrichment and youth development activities are critical to a child’s success. By the time a middle class child reaches the sixth grade s/he are likely to have spent 4,000 more hours in OST opportunities than a child born into poverty.

Shared Indicators
1. Quality: Number of West County OST organizations that are participating in a formal quality improvement process
2. Capacity/Enrollment: Number of OST enrollment capacity in community based and district programs that is being utilized as measured by enrollment and average daily attendance for elementary, middle school, and high school experiences
3. Future: Develop a student-centered indicator related to OST programs (e.g., student engagement with programs or student outcomes aligned to the new California OST quality standards and/or to the WCCUSD Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals.

Mutually Reinforcing Strategies
Quality:
1. Use public recognition, outreach, marketing and other organizational incentives to encourage OST organizations to participate in Collaborative Quality Improvement programs
2. Outreach to families, community organizations and employers to increase access to quality OST programs
3. Build Ed Fund capacity to use student-level process and outcome data to enhance program quality and to inform the community of the impact of OST programs on student outcomes
4. Encourage student voice in OST program leadership, planning, quality assurance and evaluation

Capacity/Enrollment:
1. A referral, outreach and engagement system that effectively enrolls and retains underserved/underrepresented students and their families
2. Improve accessibility of programs (transportation, streamlined enrollment processes, language capacity, targeting underrepresented students, etc.)
3. Closely align OST programs with school day (via teacher engagement/partnerships) to increase referral of high-need students)
4. Market OST by demonstrating the value of OST programs (e.g., youth development, social emotional learning, experiential learning, credit recovery, homework assistance, college and career exposure and tutorial support)

Goal: West County youth will graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary success

Defining the Target: High school graduation and post-secondary success are predicated on the accumulation and richness of a child’s educational experiences from birth through high school. Every child should graduate from the K-12 system prepared to pursue post-secondary education. Currently, 78% of district children graduate from high school and are ready for college level coursework in math and ELA, and only 42% of district graduates meet the entrance requirements to attend California’s four year public universities.

Shared Indicators
1. Number of West County secondary students with a GPA greater than 3.0
2. Number of West County students who graduate from high school having completed the A to G requirements
3. Number of West County Seniors who complete the FAFSA application
4. Number of West County students who earn AP and/or college credit during high school
5. Number of West County graduates who test into non remedial coursework in math and ELA upon admission to a college or university
6. Number of work-based learning opportunities

Mutually Reinforcing Strategies
1. Effective outreach and engagement of underserved/underrepresented students and their families to college preparation programs. Engagement of community and faith-based organizations and extended learning programs in college preparation.
2. Establishing an “early warning system” to identify and intervene with students who are showing early signs of academic difficulties
3. All Collaborative members work together to ensure that all West County students have an up-to-date student success plan that guides their trajectory from eighth grade through certificate, college and university graduation
4. Partners work together to ensure that all students wishing to pursue post-secondary education have assistance completing the FAFSA application
5. Partners provide early college experiences for underrepresented students
6. Develop student success plan model and define elements
a. Future: Train CBOs to use student success plan
b. Future: Partners and schools work to ensure all students have a success plan

Goal: OST and College Access Programs will align their efforts to create the space, opportunity and structure for West County families to engage with and support their children’s success in school, college and career.

Defining the Target: Family Engagement has been identified as critical to educational success. Every family wants their children to succeed, but systemic barriers often prevent families from meaningful engagement in their children’s education and learning experiences. The Collaborative proposes to reduce those barriers and create the space, opportunity and structure for all West County families to support their children’s educational success. Our goal is for Collaborative partners to support 100% of their families to be actively engaged in their children’s education and learning by 2025.

Shared Indicators
1. Number of parents trained and supported by the Collaborative to actively advocate as parent leaders for their children’s needs and school improvement
2. Number of of parents who are aware of and engaged in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process at their schools and at the district level
3. Number of parent survey respondents who indicate via district annual surveys that they are meaningfully involved in their children’s schools
4. Number of parents who attend events and who actively support their child’s educational and enrichment programs.

Mutually Reinforcing Strategies
1. The Ed Fund will work with all Collaborative partners to develop and maintain more effective use of social media and multi-cultural, multi-lingual parent outreach strategies
2. Incentivize parents and teachers to complete annual surveys – including ensuring that the survey results are made available to parents and faculty on a timely basis and in an accessible format
3. Work with partners to engage a broad array of community voices in the LCAP planning and accountability process
4. Ensure that all parent engagement strategies are effective in reaching all parts of the community regardless of language, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other meaningful variables

Goal: West County children achieve post-secondary success.

Target: Post-secondary success is different for every child. Not all young people will choose to attend a four-year university, but no young person should be discouraged from his/her college aspirations. Every child who wishes to pursue an education beyond high school should be helped to obtain a postsecondary certificate or to complete a degree program that will prepare them for future personal and economic success. Our goal is that West County children achieve postsecondary success by 2025.