Partnership for Student Success, E3’s innovative community engagement program, brought together business, school and community leaders to address the key academic challenges facing students. From 2003 - 2009, Partnership for Student Success helped connect hundreds of employee volunteers with thousands of students from 42 schools in 14 school districts across Oregon. It helped students improve their academic performance and understand why their education is relevant to their future.
Some communities focused on improving middle school reading (Eugene, Corvallis, Hillsboro, Portland, Springfield), and connected employee mentors with students to help them improve fluency and comprehension skills. In Newberg, the community focused on improving freshman writing skills, and still other communities focused on helping students understand what it takes to succeed in school and work (Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Albany and Salem-Keiser) through a combination of coaching, classroom presentations, mentoring, job shadows and office tours.
Partnership for Student Success generated strong results in the past five years. Across the state, E3 has engaged nearly 400 employers who have provided volunteers and financial resources to local collaborative, community partnerships focused on improving academic outcomes. Students are benefiting from connections with caring adults through improved attendance and skills. Teachers are enthusiastic about the additional support and the impact on student achievement. Employers appreciate the opportunity to make meaningful investments in education that make a real difference for students. Educators and employers alike strongly support the notion that the responsibility of preparing youth for college, work, and life cannot rest entirely on the shoulders of parents and educators – everyone must play a role.
A variety of process, program and media tools were developed as we worked with local businesses and schools to build partnerships. We make these available for use by community leaders who are managing existing partnerships or want to build new ones. (Click here for our tools)
To learn more about existing community programs, roll over and click on the map or use the city lising on the left navigation bar.