The Collective Impact process is all about a community of partners working together to achieve a goal no one of them could accomplish on their own. Our mission at Educate Midland is to help facilitate these interactions and serve as the backbone for progress as the community seeks to address deeply entrenched social issues. What follows is an example of what can be achieved through effective use of the Collective Impact Model.
Over the past few years, Midland Memorial Hospital has adopted a “culture-of-ownership” program as a new way of doing business. Developed by leadership consultant, Joe Tye of Values Coach, the program is part of staff development and helps align staff members’ personal values with those of the hospital. This approach has resulted in positive cultural changes and higher nurse retention rates.
When Joe Tye and staff from Midland Memorial Hospital presented to the Educate Midland Leadership Team about the success of the culture-of-ownership program at the hospital, participants got a glimpse of what a collective impact strategy might look like. What if a results-based strategy for cultural change and staff retention at the hospital could be leveraged to support the desired cultural change and teacher retention in the school district?
A need was evident. A proven idea had presented itself, and existing assets were available. This collaborative idea had come up before, but perhaps now that a wider spectrum of the entire community was connecting and focusing on education improvement, the time seemed right for community leaders to revisit this opportunity and to make this concept a reality. What might have started out as a conversation or idea between a small group of citizens resulted in community members, a school district, a hospital, a foundation, and a consulting agency, coming together so that school personnel could be trained on a proven strategy with the potential to shift the school culture. The Warren Charitable Foundation made it possible for diverse members of the community to be trained by Joe Tye and to introduce a culture-of-ownership program to Midland ISD personnel throughout the district. The outcome of this partnership continues to unfold.
This is an example of the collective impact process… an empowered community, makes connections, shares an agenda, aligns resources, leverages community assets, and monitors progress so that continuous improvement is more likely to occur over time.
The ability to read and write is a foundational component to a child’s educational development and success over time. Educate Midland believes in highlighting and broadening the community efforts toward early literacy. This is why Educate Midland joined its community sponsors in encouraging greater participation in summer reading programs to prevent “summer slide” among school-aged children. Educate Midland joined forces with the United Way of Midland for a summer book drive that resulted in over 5,000 books collected for reading program partners and for distribution at Little Free Libraries around town.
The Midland County Library, Midland ISD, and the Texas Center for the Book also partnered up with Educate Midland to engage the community’s participation in the Letters About Literature contest, a state and national reading and writing contest by the Library of Congress for 4th-12th grade students.
Additionally, Midland Health and Educate Midland brought together a collective of medical and literacy education experts for the development of a local reading initiative for newborns and their families.
Aiding projects like these is a quick and impactful way to get you and the community around you invested in the betterment of our educational system. We are all stakeholders in our community’s future and it’s the children in our schools right now who will carry the torch of Midland’s growth and prosperity. In promoting literacy from an early age, we are able to set a standard of learning for children to take with them throughout the rest of their lives.
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When one concerned mom wanted to do something to help struggling students achieve greater academic success, she turned to the community around her and to Educate Midland for help. Immediately, she perceived a need for consistent, subject-specific tutoring and mentorship beyond the classroom. She realized her greatest resource was her church congregation, a group with open hearts and sharp minds. With volunteers on-board, students in need began to be matched with tutors for after-school tutoring at the church right across the street from the school.
This concept has grown into the “One-to-One” Tutoring program, an after-school program involving the partnership between churches, neighboring school campuses, and community volunteers. After seeing the success of the program, Educate Midland is partnering to help leverage this initiative across the community to help ensure more students and volunteers are linked. Currently, four large churches are partnering with four large campuses in the coordination of volunteer, after-school tutoring in Midland, and with growing interest from churches, schools, businesses, and community-based organizations, many other partnerships are poised to be launched.
Another Educate Midland partnering organization wanted to do something to assist elementary students at-risk of falling below grade level in reading, so they designed the “Fun Club.”
Through this initiative community, volunteers dedicate 30-minutes per week to read to and play a game with a small group of assigned students during their lunch period; A seemingly simple interaction with astounding results. The Fun Club program began with 17 volunteers serving 111 kids on 2 campuses. So far in 2017, the program has grown to 50 volunteers serving 283 kids on 8 campuses every week of the school year! Not only has regularly scheduled reading and fun helped increase the students’ academic performance, but a transformation has taken place between volunteer and student, from tutoring to mentoring, from reading to a relationship.
For more information about these and other Educate Midland Partnered Programs, and to get involved yourself, give us a call or fill out our contact form.
How do we facilitate conversation between education stakeholders around a common goal? What are some of the world’s best practices in education? Which education leaders will help build community awareness and motivation for educational excellence? These are some of the questions that led Educate Midland to present the Education Impact Series.
Sponsored by the Abell-Hanger Foundation, the series was created to bring in some of the world’s most prominent thought leaders in education and learning and serves as a catalyst to motivate and challenge our entire community to reach for excellence in education.
The first featured guest presenter was Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized expert on creativity and innovation. He is an acclaimed Ted Conference veteran and his Ted Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” has been viewed online nearly 50 million times! Throughout the evening, Sir Ken used his wit, intelligence, experience and authoritative speaking style to weave an inspiring portrait of the importance of allowing children to find and thrive in their element.
Sir Ken’s lecture was preceded by several performances featuring area Students and an Education Resource Fair during which the community was invited to come and interact with a variety of local organizations representing the education system and supporting sectors. Hundreds of parents, students, educators, business leaders and community members attended and reported highly on the impact of the evening.
We hope to continue to facilitate events like this in order to empower students and educators and connect them with people and resources to help the education system in Midland achieve its full potential.
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