A report on the impact of the Growing Together Collaborative on its neighborhoods and schools.

2013-2014 A report on the impact of the Growing Together Collaborative on its neighborhoods and schools
2013-2014 A report on the impact of the Growing Together Collaborative on its neighborhoods and schools
“A single leaf, working alone, provides no shade.” — Chuck Page
   A single leaf, working alone, provides no shade.         Chuck Page
INSIDE: The Growing Together Collaborative Communications Highlights Shared Values Why a Collaborative? Our Mission A look forward Area Map and Schools Our Partners Diplomas Now Partners Community Partners Our Residents Community Mobilization Social Connectedness Resident-Owned Civic Engagement Sense of Community Other Community Mobilization Highlights On the cover: Brian Beebe, Community Mobilization Coordinator, facilitates a Neighbor Circle on the grounds of the Western Pines Apartment Complex, Eugene Field.
INSIDE  The Growing Together Collaborative  Communications Highlights Shared Values  Why a Collaborative  Our Mission  A l...
The Growing Together Collaborative Why a Collaborative? Growing Together is a community collaborative that brings residents and organizations together to improve their neighborhood and schools. It is our goal to work together so that every child will have access to great schools, strong family connections, and community support. The Growing Together Collaborative focuses its efforts in two of Tulsa’s most promising neighborhoods: Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Field. Our Mission To provide Tulsa residents of vulnerable communities the resources and support to improve their schools and neighborhoods thereby ensuring every opportunity for success for their residents and children. Area Map & Schools The Kendall-Whittier neighborhood is bound on the north by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, on the South by E. 11th St., on the west by S. Utica Ave., and on the East by S. Harvard Ave. The Eugene Field neighborhood is bound on the north by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road, on the south by W. 25th St., on the west by SW Boulevard, and on the east by S. Jackson Ave.
The Growing Together Collaborative Why a Collaborative   Growing Together is a community collaborative that brings residen...
The promise of a thriving community lies in the success of its schools; hence, much effort has been made to choose national partner organizations that can support the schools we serve and its students, from primary to secondary and post secondary education.
The promise of a thriving community lies in the success of its schools  hence, much effort has been made to choose nationa...
Our Partners TOGETHER A collaborative is as good as its partners and their commitment to work together. We are proud to count among our partners some of the most progressive and results-driven organizations in the area of education, as well as a number of community businesses, organizations and institutions that embrace our mission and work alongside us for the betterment of the neighborhoods and the schools we serve. These partners were chosen strategically to address the challenges identified during a long assessment period. Community forums, conversations, surveys, and comprehensive studies conducted by the City of Tulsa, The University of Tulsa, Child Trends and Growing Together, helped us identify challenges in the communities and schools we serve. These assessments, along with the comprehensive data produced by our partner organizations, became the shared measures by which we guide the direction of our work.
Our Partners  TOGETHER   A collaborative is as good as its partners and their commitment to work together. We are proud to...
DIPLOMAS NOW Education Partnerships: The Diplomas Now model The Growing Together education partners in our secondary schools came together using the Diplomas Now model. Diplomas Now is a proven approach that helps the toughest middle and high schools in America’s largest cities ensure that students graduate ready for college or career. It is the first fully integrated approach that improves a school’s curriculum and instruction while it provides the right students with the right support at the right time. The Diplomas Now approach Diplomas Now combines 65 years of experience from three national nonprofits: • Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development Secondary • City Year • Communities in Schools Together, with our education partners, we want to make sure the schools we serve are supported in a way that both administrative staff and students thrive. Diplomas Now is based on research by John Hopkins University, that found about half of all eventual dropouts can be identified by the end of sixth grade, and close to 75 percent by the start of high school. Studies found that middle-school students who fail their courses, have poor attendance and poor behavior seldom graduate. Diplomas Now identifies those students early and works to eliminate their obstacles. www.diplomasnow.org In 2013-2014, we added the following partner organizations to fulfill our mission in the schools we serve:
DIPLOMAS NOW  Education Partnerships  The Diplomas Now model The Growing Together education partners in our secondary scho...
TALENT DEVELOPMENT A partner since April 2013 Clinton Middle School and Webster High School Talent Development Secondary brings engaging instruction, solid organization and student, teacher and administrative support to schools that may have more challenges than resources. www.talentdevelopmentsecondary.org In 2013-2014: Deployed the Early Warning Indicator (EWI) system at Webster and Clinton in order to provide early intervention opportunities based on attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and Math. The EWI system will be deployed in all six Growing Together schools during the 2014-15 school year. Clinton Middle School • All 322 7th and 8th grade students participated in Team Literature and Mastering the Middle Grades. • 67% of students receiving reading remediation through SAVY Lab improved their reading proficiency, based on the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). • 52% of students receiving math remediation through CATAMA Lab improved their math proficiency, based on preliminary Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT) score Webster High School • 193 students participated in Freshman Seminar • 57% of 9th graders in Strategic Reading increased their SRI scores • Those students who took Transition to Advanced Mathematics scored about 10% higher on the Algebra 1 End-of-Instruction (EOI) exam than those who did not • Students who took Geometry Foundations prior to Geometry scored about 20% higher on the Geometry EOI exam than those who did not • 67% of students receiving reading remediation through ALFA Lab increased their SRI scores • 40% of students receiving math remediation through CATAMA Lab passed their math EOI exams
TALENT DEVELOPMENT A partner since April 2013  Clinton Middle School and Webster High School Talent Development Secondary ...
COLLEGE SUMMIT A partner since July 2013 Will Rogers Junior and Senior High School and Webster High School College Summit transforms the lives of youth by connecting them to college and career pathways. College Summit’s model is unique in working with school leaders, educators, and students to ensure high schools have the kind of culture where going to college is the expectation, not the exception. College Summit provides schools with 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade curricula that focus students on planning for and financing their future after high school. www.collegesummit.org In 2013-2014: 9th grade students: 96% of students established long term and short term goals 95% of students created a plan of study 12th grade students: 60% of students have completed a college list 54% of students have applied to a college A 30-40% increase from last year 46% of students have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form A 30-40% increase from last year
COLLEGE SUMMIT A partner since July 2013  Will Rogers Junior and Senior High School and Webster High School College Summit...
“I thought I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t really have an idea of how to get there…after College Summit it was a change…they gave me a very very good know-how of how to get to college, how to get milestones and goals…I’m ready to move on, to go on and grow, experience new things.” Kahlai Herman Webster High School Class of 2014 Attending NSU and majoring in Psychology
   I thought I wanted to go to college, but I didn   t really have an idea of how to get there   after College Summit it w...
“I did not read as good before, and with her I did. She helps me learn. Miss Ana helped me. She’s nice and sweet to me. I’m going to miss her because next year I’m gonna have another City Year and I don’t want another City Year, I want her.” Daniela student, Kendall-Whittier Elementary Tutored by Anna Sirugo, City Year Corps Member
   I did not read as good before, and with her I did. She helps me learn. Miss Ana helped me. She   s nice and sweet to me...
CITY YEAR A partner since July 2013 Kendall-Whittier Elementary and Clinton Middle School City Year is an education-focused non-profit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service in high-need schools where they serve as tutors, mentors and role models. In 2013-2014: www.cityyear.org City Year Corps members spent 1,817 hours working on literacy with students 1,393 hours were spent on literacy at Kendall-Whittier 424 hours were spent on literacy at Clinton Provided literacy services to 144 students 88 at Kendall-Whittier Elementary 56 at Clinton Middle School Literacy Gains 95% of focus list students at Kendall-Whittier improved their SRI scores 57% of focus list students at Clinton improved their SRI scores School-wide focus on attendance Due to the hard work of City Year, other partners, and school staff, Kendall-Whittier average daily attendance for the school year was 95.5%, while Clinton hit 91.4%. In other words, 95.5% of Kendall-Whittier students and 91.4% of Clinton students attended on an average school day.
CITY YEAR A partner since July 2013  Kendall-Whittier Elementary and Clinton Middle School City Year is an education-focus...
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS A partner since January 2014 Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Will Rogers Junior and Senior High School, Eugene Field Elementary, Clinton Middle School, and Webster High School Communities In Schools’ unique data-driven community school model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. They partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it is food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help. www.communitiesinschools.org In 2014: Served 487 students with more intensive case management services. • 58% of students who set an attendance goal met that goal • 87% of students who set a behavior goal met that goal • 60% of students who set a coursework goal met that goal
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS A partner since January 2014  Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Will Rogers Junior and Senior High Schoo...
“In our school we have an issue with bullying, however we cannot change this bullying but we can help the victims to become stronger, with Donald, that’s exactly what happened.” Felipe Oyarzo Site Coordinator Communities In Schools of Mid-America at Tulsa “February to May 28th [2014] my grades excelled so much that I went from five Fs in February to one B, a couple of Cs and the rest were As and Bs. Just him being there, like when I get upset I can come to him. Also tutoring, being able to rely on someone. I have a project and he helps me get it done. [Before] being picked on, or told I was not good at something, I would get upset or hurt and would just stop my work.” Donald student, Will Rogers Junior High Tutored by Felipe Oyarzo, Communities in Schools
   In our school we have an issue with bullying, however we cannot change this bullying but we can help the victims to bec...
“Getting to this point has been a real endurance test, but hearing that little squeaky voice reading about “Ben’s Treasure Hunt” makes me indescribably happy! Now I understand why teachers teach.” Deanna Harris Reading Partners volunteer at Kendall-Whittier Elementary
   Getting to this point has been a real endurance test, but hearing that little squeaky voice reading about    Ben   s Tr...
READING PARTNERS A partner since June 2013 Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary and Eugene Field Elementary Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. They work in elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. They recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum. Reading Partners joined the collaborative as a result of our search for best practices to affect reading rates. www.readingpartners.org In 2013-2014: 169 students were served by Reading Partners 5,975 volunteer hours • 238 tutors spent 3,831.75 hours with students • Students gained on average 1 year and 1 month of literacy skills (based on Reading Partners’ literacy assessment)
READING PARTNERS A partner since June 2013  Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary and Eugene Field Elementary R...
TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS A partner since January 2011 Our education partners cannot do their job without the full commitment and support of Tulsa Public School’s leadership and staff. Everyone from TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard, to the principals, teachers and administrators, have committed wholeheartedly to embracing the presence of our partner organizations. In turn, TPS has a full time Data Specialist employed by TPS but dedicated to our schools to sustain the presence of our partner organizations. His role is to ensure the collection and utilization of shared measurements essential to keeping the Growing Together collaborative goal-focused. Growing Together also has an Instructional Leadership Director, Stacey Vernon, whose role is to ensure District support and quality of education at our six target schools. Additionally, three of our schools are piloting the use of a School Administrative Manager (SAM). The SAMs role is to support the principals at these three schools: Sequoyah Elementary, Clinton Middle School, and Kendall-Whittier Elementary. SAMs manage all of the operational functions for their site, thereby allowing the Principal to be keenly focused on instructional leadership and ensuring the quality of instruction in the classroom. www.tulsaschools.org
TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS A partner since January 2011  Our education partners cannot do their job without the full commitment ...
“Having a SAM at the school has changed everything! ... I’m very spoiled, big time. The biggest part is, they [the students] wouldn’t know me as well, and they probably wouldn’t know our assistant principal as well. We are in the building out and about a lot more than … other school principals; they are buried under mounds of managerial tasks. That’s huge; it’s kind of wrapping around kids with all of these resources.” Dixie Speer principal Clinton Middle School
   Having a SAM at the school has changed everything  ... I   m very spoiled, big time. The biggest part is, they  the stu...
“Strategic partnerships are essential to the success of efforts to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood. Growing Together is providing critical leadership in these efforts. The University of Tulsa is excited to join the Growing Together team and other neighborhood partners in this collaboration.” Michael L. Mills, Associate Dean for Community Relations The University of Tulsa
   Strategic partnerships are essential to the success of efforts to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Kend...
Community Partners FRIENDS Besides the partners already described, we are proud to count on friends in the community that smooth the path or also provide targeted support for those in our communities. They too are our partners, and critical to our future success. The University of Tulsa JP Morgan Chase & Co. Covanta OSU College of Health and Sciences The Salvation Army, West Mabee Boys and Girls’ Club First United Methodist Church QuikTrip Kendall-Whittier, Inc., Grow Garden Kendall Whittier Main Street CAP Tulsa Community Health Connection Tulsa City-County Library Tulsa Educare Tulsa Parks Tulsa Police Department West Tulsa Free Will Baptist Church City of Tulsa Harvest Market IMPACT!Tulsa Big Brothers and Sisters of Oklahoma Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Association Crosstown Learning Center Tulsa Community College US Department of Education Teach for America George Kaiser Family Foundation McCormack Baron Regan, West Park Apartments Tulsa Area United Way Lobeck-Taylor Family Foundation AmeriCorps Capital Homes Route 66 Main Street Seldin Company San Miguel Middle School Tulsa Health Department US Department of Housing and Urban Development Coretz Family Foundation Bank of Oklahoma Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Community Partners  FRIENDS  Besides the partners already described, we are proud to count on friends in the community tha...
Community Mobilization Highlighs OUR RESIDENTS It is the job of the Community Mobilization team at Growing Together to foster opportunities for residents to demonstrate their own leadership ability by being a voice, an advocate and a problem solver within their own communities. Our goal is to empower residents and families to imagine and create communities that provide opportunity for leadership, strong social bonds, community pride and activism. In essence, healthy communities where families and residents live play and thrive.
Community Mobilization Highlighs  OUR RESIDENTS  It is the job of the Community Mobilization team at Growing Together to f...
Social Connectedness Strategy: Neighbor Circles What happens when residents know, really know, their neighbors? The Neighbor Circle strategy encourages residents to step outside of their comfort zone to intentionally engage with their immediate neighbors by inviting them to dinner once a week, for three weeks. The Community Mobilization team leads from behind by initially providing structure and resources for bonding, engagement and problem solving to take place. The Neighbor Circles strategy began in early 2014, and by the end the current year, we hope to conduct 20 Neighbor Circles in each community with an average participation of 10.
Social Connectedness Strategy  Neighbor Circles  What happens when residents know, really know, their neighbors  The Neigh...
Neighbor Circles Year one, both neighborhoods:
Neighbor Circles Year one, both neighborhoods
In Kendall-Whittier, a population of roughly 15,000 residents, our desire is to reach a saturation of 20% of the population within 5 years. To achieve this goal, we hope to have at least 10 trained facilitators (ideally residents) to conduct 30 Neighbor Circles in a 12 month period by the end of year 5. Year 5, Kendall-Whittier: In Eugene Field, a population of 4,000 residents, we anticipate a saturation of 20% of the neighborhood by 2018. We hope to have at least 3 trained facilitators (ideally residents) to conduct 30 Neighbor Circles in a 12 month period. Year 5, Eugene Field: Collectively, by the end of 5 years we will engage over 3,900 residents in meaningful interaction, that will increase positive behavior and connections.
In Kendall-Whittier, a population of roughly 15,000 residents, our desire is to reach a saturation of 20  of the populatio...
Resident-owned Civic Engagement Strategies: Resident Council, Community Leadership Institute What would happen if residents where empowered to become change agents for their own community? By committing to being part of the Growing Together Resident Council, residents serve as leader representatives of their communities, and ambassadors for the Growing Together initiatives. The Growing Together Resident Council members are a prime example of hard work, dedication, longevity and a high willingness to be involved. Our resident members have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community in which they live by being active and vocal participants, recruiters, and volunteers at every Growing Together strategy or event. We have set the following goals for our Resident Council groups: • Recruitment – Invite 5-10 new people to an event per year • Leadership Roles – Lead at least 2 strategies in a 2 year term • Volunteerism – Volunteer for 3 community events outside of GT activities per year • Participation in Community-wide events – attend 80% of GT events per year In 2012-2013: • Eugene Field Resident Council was launched with 6 members • Currently Resident Council is made up of 7-12 members in each neighborhood • With the assistance of NeighborWorks America, Growing Together ensured the attendance of most of our Resident Council members to the Community Leadership Institute Conference, in Orlando, Florida and Sacramento, California • In the fall of 2014, a group of 9 residents will attend the CLI conference in Cincinnati, Ohio • Several Community Forums, Citizen Advisory Teams and stake Holder meetings were launched, engaging over 300 residents in the planning, and decision making of community improvements • Residents in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood were engaged in the decision making of the park improvements in their respective neighborhoods; over 300 residents engaged in the process. West Park re-opening - October 2013 Archer park re-opening – Summer 2013 Admiral Park re-opening - May 2014 • In February 2013 the Eugene Field Youth Council was launched
Resident-owned Civic Engagement Strategies  Resident Council, Community Leadership Institute  What would happen if residen...
“We all come out here…it just feels good…my big three story home [Brightwaters Apartments]. I love it, makes me feel good you know what I mean, makes me feel good in my own little room and go: ‘job well done.’” Jackie Thompkins Resident of the Brightwaters Apartment Complex Member of the Growing Together resident Council
   We all come out here   it just feels good   my big three story home  Brightwaters Apartments . I love it, makes me feel...
Sense of Community Strategy: Community Dinners What would happen if neighbors gathered as if they were family? Over the last 2 ½ years we have gathered over 350 residents between our two neighborhoods every month. Over the next 3 years we plan to see a dramatic increase in this number not because families are in need of food, but because our surveys indicate that residents value the opportunity to interact and increase their support system. Community Dinners are opportunities to facilitate meaningful dialogue and activities. To do that, we have adopted a best practice model to structure conversation and demonstration around the following Six Protective Factors1. It has been demonstrated that when present, these factors are predictors of child welll-being: Nurturing and Attachment Knowledge of Parenting and Child/Youth Development Parental Resilience Social Connections Concrete Support for Parents Social and Emotional Competence of Children Community Profiles for each Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Field are available upon request by E-mailing: info@gttulsa.org 1 Making Meaningful Connections, 2014 Prevention Resource Guide; Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Sense of Community Strategy  Community Dinners  What would happen if neighbors gathered as if they were family  Over the l...
Other Community Mobilization Highlights • The NeighborWorks Community Festival 2013 was held in the Eugene Field Neighborhood in partnership with CAP Tulsa • The NeighborWorks Community Festival 2014 was held in the Kendall-Whittier north Neighborhood in partnership with CAP Tulsa • Due to the success of the organization and attendance of the NeighborWorks Festival, it was decided that subsequently Neighborworks Week activities will be led by Growing Together. Future events will be held alternately in its two neighborhoods. • Growing Together, in partnership with OSU Medical Center, was instrumental in the dialogues that led to the building of a new QuikTrip in the Eugene Field neighborhood • The Tulsa Area United Way committed to focusing their annual Day of Caring activities in the Eugene Filed (2013) and Kendall Whittier (2014) neighborhoods • The Community Mobilization team is ever present or a partner at almost all neighborhood events. Be it a church block party, back to school events, promotion ceremonies, or simply walking around the schools and neighborhoods, you are sure to see Brian or Jorel connecting with our residents.
Other Community Mobilization Highlights      The NeighborWorks Community Festival 2013 was held in the Eugene Field  Neigh...
Communications Highlights CONNECTION • In 2013-2014, a considerable amount of • Facebook LIKES increased by 144% for • Early in 2014, a series of internal and • Twitter FOLLOWS increased by 10,800% for time was dedicated to develop the Growing Together brand external focus groups were carried out to determine how to most effectively communicate communicate with one another and with the people we serve • what Growing Together is and what we do. • The following Growing Together pillars of communication and Communications Guidelines were decided upon to guide how members of the Growing Together Collaborative should Concise: information should be brief, to the point and easy to digest. Meaningful: we should always be mindful of residents’ state of mind, stage in life, culture, language preference and overall surroundings. Our message should be as relatable as possible and always genuine. Positive: information should never be condescending, derogatory or pessimistic. • Also in early 2014, Social Media efforts were increased and further promoted as a means of communications to our residents and partners Eugene Field, and 144% for KendallWhittier Eugene Field, and 291% for Kendall-Whittier • Instagram was added to our Social Media network, growing in FOLLOWS by 116% in 3 months • Accounts in www.nextdoor.com were established in order to provide residents a means of communicating among one another in a closed media setting • The collaborative created the • Communications Crew with the intent of centralizing communication efforts FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA! FACEBOOK: KWgrowingtogether.com EFgrowingtogether.com TWITTER KWcommunity EFieldcommunity INSTAGRAM @tulsagrowingtogether
Communications Highlights  CONNECTION      In 2013-2014, a considerable amount of       Facebook LIKES increased by 144  f...
As a COLLABORATIVE, we decided upon upholding the following SHARED VALUES: Families and students are first We empower others and each other We approach all things without judgment We are kind We always communicate We embrace diversity We always have fun We never lose hope
As a COLLABORATIVE, we decided upon upholding the following SHARED VALUES  Families and students are first We empower othe...
A Look Forward Since Growing Together’s inception in 2010, under the umbrella of Community Action Project of Tulsa, there was a belief that a dedicated organization whose sole focus is the advancement of collective impact in targeted neighborhoods would need to exist apart from other organizations, including CAP Tulsa. Together, with the CAP Tulsa leadership and funders, it was determined that this time had come. Therefore, beginning in the Summer of 2014, Growing Together has become its own separate entity, independent, both closely partnering with, CAP Tulsa. • Reading Partners Though Reading Partners is continuing to expand to most of Tulsa Public Schools’ elementary location, it is the collaborative’s goal that in the coming years the majority of children, in our target schools, whom have been identified as in need of literacy assistance will be able to be served by Reading Partners. • City Year This coming year, City Year has expanded to have an AmeriCorps team in all six of our target schools. • Talent Development This year, TDS will be supporting the first-ever deployment of the Early Warning system in the elementary space by expanding to all sic of our target schools. • Communities in Schools This year, CIS’ focus is on beginning to develop their role of the managing partner for all of the services being provided in the school during the school day. It is the goal of the collaborative that all partners are providing high quality services to our students that is in alignment with our strategic goals. • This year, we plan to implement a consistent process of continuous improvement and coordination with all of our partners. • We hope to expand the work of the YMCA for the 2015-16 school year to include Sequoyah Elementary as well as additional evidence-based programming elements • Conduct Community Dialogues: Through theses one-on-one interview sessions we hope to gain a greater understanding of residents needs/desires on an on-going bases. These conversations will also guide our efforts in implementing the best place-based resident engagement models in the community. • We plan to train around 2 Resident Facilitators per year, who can aid our efforts of increasing the number of Neighbor Circles. • We hope to exploit our green areas by developing organic programming in our neighborhood parks. We will pilot efforts at Kendall-Whittier Park in 2014-2015. • We will measure brand saturation and receptiveness • We will continue to enhance communication efforts through the Communications Crew • We will be relentless in our continued efforts to improve, use best practices and shared measures, and put community FIRST.
A Look Forward Since Growing Together   s inception in 2010, under the umbrella of Community Action Project of Tulsa, ther...
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You may request more information about our work and our neighborhoods by emailing  info gttulsa.org www.gttulsa.org  Photo...