Meeting Notes & Next Steps May 16, 2023 @ EBR Goodwood Library
Quarterly In-Person Convening
Opening and Overview
Group shared stats amongst each other to frame the conversation
POINT OF INTEREST: No one shared or heard a stat that made them proud of the state of education in Louisiana and Baton Rouge
MMW Team provided overview of One Rouge’s aspiration and process for achieving the aspiration
POINT OF INTEREST: Education to Career Coalition is one pathway to achieving One Rouge’s aspiration
E2C’s contribution is in the coalition aspiration and goals
Co- Chairs provided overviews of each goal and facilitated discussions around opportunities, challenges and barriers (See below)
Working Group #1: Equity & Access
Focused on E2C Goal: Create a culture that values literacy and increases literacy rates.
Helping connect the adults with literacy at the community hubs to change the mindset for the entire household > helping parents be equip with the tools to tutor in reading
Sharing with family with community at large teaching the skills to help guide the youth/older groups together
Encourage parents to take on roles to work up their skills to be able to help their child > taking the threat out of it
“Our challenges are our opportunities.”
Reading is no longer a part of the curriculum
Science of reading isn’t being poured into the rooms but in affluent areas, they are able to step in and remediate vs. less affluent areas. We need consistent, high-quality reading tutoring
Challenge gap between younger/older people, where older people are not in a position to help younger through their literacy challenges
Changing mindset. (Administration and School System)
Working to break/change stereotypes. (Students “can’t” read)
We want to Create a culture….that?
Connecting to employers.
How do we Increase Talent pool?
What are Employer incentives to participate?
What can we do with social media/gamification to help here?m
It is important to not assign a value system to why parents feel certain ways (ex: apathy) toward literacy training
Create solid Goals for E to C.
Measurable, Sustainable Deliverables.
Increase Louisiana’s education ranking.
Bridging the gap between parents and students for educational success
Terms. “Career vs Workforce vs Opportunity”…
Defining/redefining terms and narratives. (Student participation in definition?)
Students may be intimidated by or have preconceived notions pertaining to certain terms.
Working Group #2: Schools as Community hubs/centers
Focused on E2C Goal: Increase equitable access to safe learning spaces that encourage joy for learning at any level
We know what works.- Use existing models and examples- YMCA, Discovery Schools, Scotlandville Magnet
Community partner involvement and development
Increasing value for parental involvement
Using old schools as retrofitted centers for innovative things like STEM
Comprehensive school use with a district-wide plan to utilize facilities equally
BRAYN is building the structure into school access in the afterschool program space to prevent having to go directly to principals to offer students support services
Benefits concierge > asset mapping > getting people the support they need
Existing programs can get data and E2C can bring all data together and then drive the narrative so have the numbers to say
Empty school buildings that can be used as something else
Teaching reading RIGHT
Utilize the “science of reading”, not just traditional/common methods.
High quality Professional Development
Equip educators with continuing education with literacy focus
Change narratives with parents.
Encourage more parental involvement and development. Provide education so that parents are able to assist with student learning. Provide tools and education that highlights literacy importance.
Transportation and school safety
NPOs creating hub experience but not at all schools
Use what’s already there.
Social media. Gaming. Creative innovative ideas to help educate
What is our ask?
May need someone from EBRPSS administration
Working Group #3: Bridging the gap: education and industry
Focused on E2C Goal: Increase opportunities for continuous learning.
Increase programs in and out of school.
Bring industry to the table
Connecting high wage jobs
High wage opportunities that are available with and without post secondary education.
Educate students on the possible effects of drug use and employment. Where companies are, and where companies are headed.
Highlighting the importance of being a part of technical programs.
Educate students and parents on current program opportunities
Working Group # 4: Community Outreach (Events)
Focused on E2C Goal: Expand awareness to access to equity childhood education
Asset mapping to understand what partners can contribute to future events
Learning how to listen to the community needs before submitting support
Not siloing the efforts of the event to one lane - look at the 9 Drivers of Poverty
The African American Museum is relocating.
Events need to be qualitative because there is so much vying for attention.
Needs to be able to address the needs of youth and adults simultaneously.
Understanding and listening to attendees to know what to bring to next events, info gathering
Knowing the audience and what you’re trying to accomplish with the event