What We Have Learned
While a lot of attention is rightly paid to helping younger children get ready to start formal education, and to preparing high school graduates for their next steps in school or career, it is also highly important to have the right systems and supports in place for students in elementary and middle school. Future Ready Collier’s School Success Goal Group is dedicated to doing just that, bringing together best practices, resources, and ideas from across the network.
It can be complicated to determine how best to serve such a diverse set of students in terms of age, academic progression, and personal need. In keeping to its mission to measure data points, in order to inform appropriate action, Future Ready Collier partners assess the metrics and milestones that tell the story of school success.
Considerations, in addition to grade-level performance, include students’ social-emotional wellbeing, mental health, and personal development. A focus on how students thrive in the classroom also warrants bearing in mind how students spend their time outside of school hours. Key partners in the community include out-of-school time providers, healthcare providers, and organizations focused on families. All these components overlap to contribute to school success.
Goal: Ensure all youth are provided support during their elementary and middle school years.
The School Success Goal Group is composed of staff and volunteer leaders from organizations aligning work and building strategies together, focused on the following collective priorities:
- Gather information around critical interventions in literacy and ways to increase proficiency in literacy for children in elementary and middle school
- Engage partners to understand out-of-school time information to support learning through enrichment
- Gain knowledge around student and family supports in multiple areas including mental health
Goal Group Co-Chairs
All individuals and organizations interested in these topics meet quarterly to address community barriers and opportunities. Goal Groups are voluntarily-led by experienced community leaders who facilitate, organize, and lead collaboration.