Silicon Valley Education Foundation: Drawing Time, Talent, and Treasure From the Community


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2014 California STEM Summit

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Silicon Valley Education Foundation: Drawing Time, Talent, and Treasure From the Community

  1. 1. Drawing Time, Talent, and Treasure from the community: Building cross-sector partnerships to support STEM education Jennifer Li Director of Strategy and Operations Elevating Achievement Through Innovation
  2. 2. Agenda  Session description & outcomes  About SVEF  Mining Time, Talent, and Treasure from partnerships  Challenges  Building partnerships that work  Think-Pair-Share 2
  3. 3. [ Session Description & Outcome ]
  4. 4. Expected outcomes Session Description Building strong cross-sector partnerships has never been more important than in this changing environment of new STEM standards. To best prepare our students for the future, we have to draw upon the complementary strengths of different sectors. Discover Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s innovative approach for partnering with educators, businesses, government, and other nonprofits to mine the Time, Talent, and Treasure needed to promote STEMcapable students. Session Outcomes  Understand how one community draws upon the strengths of cross-sector partnerships to support students.  Develop a strategy for building cross-sector partnerships in his or her own region. 4
  5. 5. [About SVEF]
  6. 6. Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a not-for-profit resource and advocate for students and educators. We are dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 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 T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 6
  7. 7. 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. Advocacy  Key Initiatives • A-G as Default • STEM Education • East Side Alliance • Common Core • Early Math  Policy briefs  Education forums Resources for Innovation Programs  Elevate [Math] to prepare incoming 8th graders for formerly Algebra I, now Common Core Equivalent  Elevate [Science] to prepare incoming 9th graders for Biology SVEF T-T-T  Learning Innovation Hub (iHub)  iSTEM Teacher Corps  STEMpower[ed], a onestop shop website for STEM in Silicon Valley Challenges Tools T-P-S 7
  8. 8. Elevate [Math] prepares more students to take more challenging math courses What is it? A summer intervention program to prepare and support students for success in 8th grade math. Started in 2008 as Stepping Up To Algebra, the program name was changed to Elevate [Math] in 2014 to align to the Common Core State Standards Why? • • Who is it for? Incoming 8th graders who tested at the high basic level on the CST, took prealgebra in 7th grade, but are going into Common Core 8 or Algebra I with red flags What does it provide? • • • • Gatekeeper to college-prep math classes To be competitive in college apps, students must complete Algebra I (or equivalent) in grade 8 in order to reach Calculus by grade 12 75 hours of math instruction for students with credentialed teacher and TA, 40 hours of professional development for teachers (covering content and math practices), Blended learning with technology tools, College awareness through college field trips & info nights SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 8
  9. 9. [ Mining Time, Talent, and Treasure from Partnerships ]
  10. 10. What’s needed to affect the ecosystem around the student Research & Evaluation Communication Tools District Access School Teacher Content Funding Parents Student Awareness SVEF T-T-T Technology Challenges Tools T-P-S 10
  11. 11. Cross-sector partners address this need Education Corporate Nonprofit SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 11
  12. 12. Each potential partner has a depth of resources to provide Time Talent Treasure 12
  13. 13. Strong partnerships depend on building an effective give-get from each partners’ strengths and needs and Strengths Needs Give SVEF T-T-T Challenges Get Tools T-P-S 13
  14. 14. How the education sector helps Partner Santa Clara County School Districts Description Elementary and high school districts in Santa Clara County Contribution Talent 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 Contribution Time & Treasure SVEF Gives Opportunities to showcase expertise SVEF Gets Curriculum expertise, professional development SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 14
  15. 15. How the nonprofit sector helps Partner WestEd Description A nonprofit public research, development and service agency Contribution Talent SVEF Gives Access to school districts and student data for evaluation SVEF Gets WestEd’s expertise and experience in evaluating the effectiveness of programs Partner Krause Center for Innovation Description A nonprofit that provides innovative courses and programs for K-12 educators Contribution Talent SVEF Gives Opportunities to showcase expertise SVEF Gets Innovative professional development SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 15
  16. 16. How the corporate sector helps Partner Dell Wyse Description End-to-end comprehensive cloud computing Contribution Treasure SVEF Gives Case study for use of cloud computing for education SVEF Gets Computer resources for the classroom Partner PwC Description Multinational professional services firm Contribution Time, Talent, and Treasure SVEF Gives Opportunity for PwC and PwC employees to get involved in the community through both classroom volunteering and skillsbased volunteering SVEF Gets • • Classroom mentors for students in Elevate [Math] program Consulting help designing and implementing a streamlined communication system to use with students and parents using SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 16
  17. 17. Each partner provides their Time, Talent, and Treasure as appropriate Education Nonprofit Corporate Time • • • School districts School administrators Teachers • • STEMconnector CSLNet • • • EY PwC Wells Fargo Talent • • • WestEd Krause Center for Innovation • • PwC CapGemini • Santa Clara County Office of Education Teachers • School districts • Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Silicon Valley Community Foundation • • • • • • • • Dell Wyse Walmart Flextronics Wells Fargo EY Symantec Applied Materials And more! Treasure • SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 17
  18. 18. Key partnership complement our work at every level District Access: • School districts Funding: • Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley • Silicon Valley Community Foundation • Walmart, Flextronics, Wells Fargo, EY, Symantec, Applied Materials, etc. Research & Evaluation • WestEd (longitudinal study) School Content: • Santa Clara County Office of Education • Krause Center for Innovation Teacher Awareness • School districts, administrators, teachers, • Corporate and community volunteers such as EY & PwC Parents Communications Tools • Corporate skills-based volunteering from PwC and Capgemini Student Technology • Dell Wyse SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 18
  19. 19. [ Challenges ]
  20. 20. SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools Mission Creep T-P-S
  21. 21. SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S Feeling Threatened
  22. 22. SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S Limited Resources
  23. 23. Challenges are inevitable – it’s how you tackle them that determines partnership success Mission Creep • Make sure it fits with your mission and goals Feeling Threatened • Be sensitive to other perspectives Limited Resources • Be creative! SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 23
  24. 24. [ Tools for building partnerships that work ]
  25. 25. Building partnerships that work: Partnership Fit Test • • • • • Fit with mission Focus on advocacy Focus on technology Geographic Boundaries Financial sustainability Our Partnership Fit Test is available at: SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 25
  26. 26. SVEF Portfolio Impact vs. Financial Sustainability Mission Impact High Mission Impact Low Sustainability High Mission Impact High Sustainability Keep and contain costs Invest and grow it. Low Mission Impact Low Sustainability Low Mission Impact High Sustainability Close Increase impact Financial Sustainability SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 26
  27. 27. [ Think – Pair – Share ]
  28. 28. Think – Pair – Share Get into groups of 2 and discuss: • Who are some of your partners? Or who would you like to become partners with? • What is the give-get based on your strengths and needs? What about your (potential) partner’s strengths and needs? • Can you be more creative and come up with new things to do together? • Can you come up with a matrix that pulls together Time, Talent, and Treasure from the different potential partners in your community? SVEF T-T-T Challenges Tools T-P-S 28
  29. 29. [ Thank You! ]