Program: Employer Advisory Committees (2007 - Present)
Employer Advisory Committees were created to bring the support, expertise and counsel of business and community leaders to small schools. Employers and educators work together to accomplish school goals and identify unique roles that employers can play to support students. Overall, these emerging partnerships have achieved positive results. School leaders have benefited from external support and effective counsel. Students have been exposed to business leaders and opportunities outside the classroom. Business members better understand the challenges facing schools and the role they can play in improving student achievement.
Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School (LEP)
LEP, a Portland charter school focused on leadership and entrepreneurship, has engaged its advisory committee to create a comprehensive internship program for its juniors. The semester-long program, which was launched in January 2009, requires every junior to spend half-days, four days per week interning at local businesses and non-profit organizations. The advisory committee helped define program processes, create employer materials, and recruited 36 organizations to provide internships. The committee will continue to evaluate the progress of the program, and assist with on-going recruitment. In addition, the committee also will expand its partnership intoother areas of support such as marketing and student recruitment.
Renaissance Arts Academy (ra2)
ra2, a small arts focused high school at Marshall, has worked with its advisory committee to connect students to artists and professionals in the creative community. A full-day arts field trip was organized during Intensives, a week of focused enrichment learning. More than 30 students toured Portland Center State, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Blue Sky Gallery. Advisors have recruited business and arts speakers to make classroom presentations, host an informal, monthly Gallery Walk, and participate in the school’s annual portfolio day called Senior Passages. The group plans three “behind the scenes” field trips next year to allow students to tour workplaces, meet with business and community professionals, and better connect to college and career pathways.
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Roosevelt Campus is home to three small schools in Portland. Its campus-wide business advisory committee developed a comprehensive social services strategy and community partnerships to promote the health, safety, and well being of its students. The Roosevelt advisory committee has finalized a white paper, Getting to the Starting Line: Tackling Non-Academic Barriers at Portland’s Roosevelt Campus, which frames thesocial service barriers that prevent students from academic success and outlines effective strategies for addressing those needs. The committee is working to implement a strategy to build community supportfor the issues and raise funds to sustain the school’s social service program.
Program: Literacy Partners (piloted 2006-2007)
Lane Middle School
Principal, Lane Middle School
Lane Middle School focused its Literacy Partners program on improving the reading skills of eighth grade students in the after-school SUN program. Volunteers met weekly with students and engaged in a variety of reading activities to build reading comprehension and vocabulary. The school experienced personnel changes for the 2007-2008 school year, which led to a decision to discontinue the program.
Thank You E3 Community Partners
Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Northwest
Meyer Memorial Trust
Miller Nash LLP
North Clackamas School District
Northwest Regional Education Laboratory
Open Meadow School
Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland General Electric
Portland Public Schools
Portland Workforce Alliance, PPS
Portland Center Stage
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
State of Oregon
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week