In the realm of Advocacy, we write policy briefs, hold education forums such as this one, and have key initiatives focused on STEM Education, A-G Curriculum, Equity and Access, and Placement.Stepping Up To Algebra is a four week summer program followed by Saturdays during the academic year to ensure that students are prepared to successfully complete Algebra I by the end of 8th grade.Stepping Up To Science is a summer program which prepares students for their first freshman year A-G science.Mathpower[ed], which just completed it’s first year, is an acceleration program for students in grades 4-6.For innovation, we facilitate a professional learning community for teachers called the integrated STEM teacher corps, providing an environment for teachers to collaborate on innovative ways of teaching.We encourage innovative lesson plans shared on our open education resource site Lessonopoly.Our new site STEMpower[ed], our one-stop shop for STEM resources in Silicon Valley.
Purpose: Reinforce algebra concepts to keep SUTA students on track to succeed. Strategy: In partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, we are providing 3 hours of Algebra programming, two Saturday’s per month. Program integrates the Noyce Foundation’s “Problems of the Month” and Khan Academy and is aligned with the school year’s pacing guide.Teachers lead the classroom with the help of a teaching assistant and volunteers.All 15 districts participating in the summer program have launched at least one classroomAverage 25 students per class
This is the ecosystem around the student. We work on all these levels to impact student achievement. To do this, we need Funding, Access, Content, Resources, Research and Evaluation, and Awareness. We are a 20 person organizationAs Tim Ritchie, the Tech Museum President, said yesterday, we try to partner with other organizations as much as possible.But we cannot do it alone. *Access to what?
We rely heavily on cross sector partnerships to be successful. Each sector brings a form of wealth, wisdom, or work to helping us prepare more students for college and careers.
We are now going highlight some of our cross-sector partnerships that help us promote more STEMcapable students
We love partnerships. Partnerships give us an opportunity to do more with what we already have. The challenge is when an opportunity comes that is not closely aligned with what we do. It becomes difficult to turn down opportunities when we know we can be impacting education in some way. But, we always have to keep in mind the resources we have. Is this going to help us meet our mission and objectives?
Dell Wyse loaned us desktop thin clients for our summer programs. They wanted to expand into education. They were great, except they didn’t have monitors. We had to solicit monitor donations from different companies.
We need to be sensitive to other people’s goals and objectives and find ways to work together toward common goals instead or they may feel threatened by what you’re trying to accomplish.School districts
Event ForumsMike HondaKCISchool districts
Cross-Sector Partnerships Building STEM-Capable Students October 15, 2012 Muhammed Chaudhry, Jennifer Li and Amy WongElevating Achievement Through Innovation
Expected Outcomes • Explore how cross-sector partnerships are built in Silicon Valley to promote STEM- capable students • Identify a similar strategy for building cross- sector partnerships in other regions or networks
Agenda 2 min Overview of SVEF 10 min How Cross-Sector Partnerships Help 10 min Challenges 5 min Building Partnerships that Work 30 min Think-Pair-Share
Snapshot of Silicon Valley Education Foundation Vision To transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education. Mission To leverage partnerships and resources for public education, so all students can realize their full potential. SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 4
Our Objective and Approach Objective Silicon Valley will be #1 in the percentage of high school graduates academically prepared to complete post-secondary education, measured by A-G requirements completion rate. Resources for Advocacy Programs Innovation Key Initiatives Stepping Up To Algebra iSTEM Teacher Corps • A-G as Default (SUTA & SUTA+) Lessonopoly OER lesson • STEM Education Stepping Up To Science plans • Equity / Access (STEPS) STEMpower[ed] website • Placement Mathpower[ed] Policy briefs Acceleration Program Education forums SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 5
SUTA prepares students for Algebra IWhat is it? Summer intervention program to prepare students for AlgebraWhy? • Gatekeeper to college-prep math classes • To be competitive in college apps, students must complete Algebra I in grade 8 in order to reach Calculus by grade 12Who is it for? Incoming 8th graders who tested at the Basic level on CST’s, took pre-algebra in 7th grade, but not recommended for Algebra in 8th or is going into Algebra with red flagsWhat does • 75 hours delivered over 4 weeks (equivalent to 1 semester)it provide? • Common Core State Standards aligned instruction from credentialed teacher and college-level teaching assistant, • Web-based practice tools & educational games, • College Night for parents and students, and • A field trip to San Jose State, Santa Clara, or Stanford • Realignment of student trajectories SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 6
What’s needed to affect the ecosystem aroundthe student National State Funding Local Access Schools Administration Content Teachers Resources Research & Evaluation Awareness SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 7
Cross-sector partnerships address these needs Nonprofit Government Education Corporate SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 8
Key partners complement our work Content: National • ALearn • Khan Academy • Santa Clara County Office of Education State • World Wide Workshop - Globaloria • White Leaf, USA Local • Computer History Museum Schools Funding: • Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Administration • Corporate partners such as IBM, Flextronics, etc Resources Teachers • Corporate partners such as Dell Wyse, Lockheed Martin • Edmodo Awareness • Corporate and community volunteers such as Ernst & Young Research & Evaluation • WestEd (longitudinal study) • Santa Clara University (attitudinal study) SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 9
Partnerships are important at every level National State Local Access • Districts with Memorandum of Understanding Schools • AdVenture School Administration Resources (Teacher Development) • Krause Center for Innovation Teachers • Santa Clara County Office of Education SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 10
Partnerships are important at every level National Awareness, Resources, Access • STEMconnector, ConvergeUS (National) State • CSLNet (State-wide) • Congressman Mike Honda’s office (Regional) Local Schools Administration Teachers SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 11
Spotlight Cross-Sector Partners • Globaloria Nonprofit • Santa Clara County Government Education Office of Education • School Districts • Congressman Mike Honda Corporate • Dell Wyse SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 12
Sector: Education Partner School Districts Description Elementary and high school districts in Santa Clara County SVEF Gives Programs to help their students and teachers be successful SVEF Gets Access to students, teachers, facilities, data Partner Santa Clara County Office of Education Description Resource to students, parents, school districts, and community SVEF Gives Opportunities to showcase expertise SVEF Gets Curriculum expertise, professional development SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 13
Sector: Corporations Partner Dell Wyse Description End-to-end comprehensive cloud computing SVEF Gives Case study for use of cloud computing for education SVEF Gets Computer resources for the classroom SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 14
Sector: Government Partner Congressman Mike Honda Description U.S. Congressman who is passionate about STEM education SVEF Gives Visibility to STEM bill, resources to hold Silicon Valley STEM Summit SVEF Gets Access to constituents & networks, media attention SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 15
Sector: Nonprofit Partner World Wide Workshop - Globaloria Description World Wide Workshop develops applications for learning with technology that combine game mechanics with social networking to empower youth to be leaders and innovators in the global knowledge economy. SVEF Gives Access to underserved student base, increased awareness, and expanded coverage for Globaloria in Silicon Valley schools. SVEF Gets Fully proven STEM program using game design to teach digital literacy skills to middle and high school students. Access to cadre of Globaloria trained educators. SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 16
Globaloria Partnership Challenges • Limited infrastructure • Providing ongoing training and support to educators ( virtual and in-person) • Integration of game design into Core Curriculum • Generating corporate interest, volunteer involvement with students and support for field trips SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 17
Challenges • Make sure it fits with your mission and 1. Mission Creep goals 2. Different • Be flexible with what is brought to the Priorities table 3. Feeling • Be sensitive to other perspectives Threatened 4. Limited • Define and share responsibilities Resources SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 23
Building partnerships that work:Partnership fit test • Fit with mission • Focus with advocacy • Focus on technology • Focus on A-G Requirements • Funding • Geographic Boundaries SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 24
Think-Pair-Share Question: Who are some of your partners and how do partnerships work in your region? • Share for 3 minutes with someone next to you • Group discussion on cross-sector partnerships SVEF Partnerships Challenges Fit Test T-P-S 25