|How E3 & Partnership for Student Success Works
Starting as a catalyst and convener, E3 works directly with selected school districts to help schools build strong relationships with their local business and civic leaders, and tackle key academic challenges.
The E3 project manager guides each community through a comprehensive planning process. These skilled facilitators and community engagement professionals plan and organize the entire process and provide important technical consulting and invaluable program tools and templates. The ultimate goal is to have local school and community leaders create a program that will sustain itself.
Key elements of the process include:
Finally, we stay involved to share best practices, provide annual assessment, help keep the effort on track and make sure the necessary foundation is in place for the program to become self-sustaining.
- Creating a local leadership team of business and education leaders who provide vision, strategic direction and resources for the program. They identify the challenge and create the strategy for success.
- Working with local educators, the leadership team creates a specific education action plan to tackle the academic challenge.
- Roles and responsibilities are assigned, and benchmarks and measures of success are established.
- Resources for coordination and sustainability are identified and secured.
- A recruitment plan is created to kick-off the initiative and engage the broader community to serve as mentors and role models.
- A communications plan is created to help sustain community interest in the program and to celebrate successes.
How Employers Help
Employers understand how important education is to Oregon and the economy, and they have seen the world change dramatically over the last few years. They know students who don't get a good education will not be valuable employees in the 21st century and will ultimately be a drag on our economy and social institutions. Employers bring unique skills, experiences and resources to the program and are eager to get involved when their role is clearly defined.
Employers can serve on community leadership teams where they help plan, organize and measure progress of their initiative. They help define criteria for success, and how success will be measured and reported. They help provide strategic direction and business insight into how the project will be coordinated and staffed, and what resources are available, or will be needed, for continuing the program in the long-term.
They can help recruit other employers to participate in the program. They encourage their employees and other community volunteers to serve as mentors and role models working directly with students. They can provide classroom presentations, host workplace tours or job shadows, and create internships and scholarships for students.
Employers connect with students in ways the schools can not, and they help them understand what it takes to be successful in the workplace and how important education is to their future.
At E3, we believe everyone has a role to play in supporting student learning and achievement - and we know employers are uniquely positioned to make a significant difference in the lives of young people.
Check out volunteer opportunities in Partnership for Student Success programs by clicking here.