Kansas City Education Funders Collaborative – Upcoming Sessions on the 5Essentials

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Upcoming Sessions on the 5Essentials

The Education Funders Collaborative is a joint funding effort of the H&R Block Foundation, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  The goal of the Collaborative is to increase the number of quality seats in area schools.

The Collaborative is providing individual district, charter, and private schools with an opportunity to utilize a research-based school-improvement tool called the 5Essentials. The 5Essentials was implemented with over two dozen Kansas City schools in 2013 and will be used to help inform the grant-making priorities of the Collaborative.  The Collaborative is offering the same opportunity to those schools again, but would welcome the participation of additional Kansas City schools.

 What is the 5E?   

The 5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive school improvement. It reliably measures changes in a school organization through an annual survey, predicts school success through scoring, and provides individualized actionable reports to schools, districts, parents, and community partners.

5E is based on more than 20 years of research by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research on schools and what makes them successful. Specifically, researchers determined five essential components for school success:

  • Effective leaders: The principal works with teachers to implement a clear and strategic vision for school success.
  • Collaborative teachers: The staff is committed to the school, receives strong professional development, and works together to improve the school.
  • Involved families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning.
  • Supportive environment: The school is safe and orderly. Teachers have high expectations for students. Students are supported by their teachers and peers.
  • Ambitious instruction: Classes are academically demanding and engage students by emphasizing the application of knowledge.

The 5E system is based on findings described in Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, written by UEI researchers and selected by Education Next as one of the best education books of the decade.  You can learn more about 5Essentials http://uchicagoimpact.org/5Essentials/.

Information Session on the 5E in Kansas City (January 22, 2014)

The Education Funders Collaborative will hold an information session for schools interested in participating in the 5E for the first time on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:30am.  The session will be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.  These sessions will provide an opportunity for schools to learn more about the Collaborative and the 5E process.  All district, charter, and private schools are encouraged to attend. This session is intended for schools that did not participate in the 5E program in 2013.  Please limit attendance to 1-2 people per school.

 5Essentials – Grant Program Planning:  (Thursday, February 20 / 8:30am-11:30am)

Representatives from schools or districts that participated in the 5Essentials program in 2013 are invited to attend a meeting with the KC Education Funders Collaborative on Thursday, February 20 from 8:30am-11:30am at the Kauffman Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110)

The purpose of this meeting is to begin developing a grant program related to the 5Essentials evaluation in Kansas City.  The Education Funders Collaborative will work with participants to determine how grant dollars can be leveraged among schools, how individual school needs can be shared and addressed among a large number of schools, to prioritize 5E areas for improvement, and to make specific recommendations for support related to the 5Essentials evaluation.

5Essentials – Navigating the 5E Reporting Site:  (Thursday, February 27 / 9:30am-12:00pm)

Representatives from schools or districts that participated in the 2013 5Essentials evaluation OR PLAN TO PARTICIPATE in the 2014 5Essentials evaluation are invited to attend a meeting with the UChicago Impact team on Thursday, February 27 from 9:30am-12:00pm at the Kauffman Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110).

 This interactive session will engage school leaders and school survey administrators in an in-depth overview of the 5Essentials reporting site.  This session is intended to clarify questions and enhance the value of the evaluation for the 2013 5E cohort, and to provide 2014 5E schools with critical groundwork for what to expect from the 5E evaluation activities.  It will also provide an opportunity for all schools participating in the 5E evaluation to get together and meet one another.

 Please bring a laptop or WiFi enabled device with you to the February 27 meeting.

 Next Steps:

Please RSVP to Tonya Guinn by Thursday, February 6 if you and/or your team wish to attend a meeting (tguinn@kauffman.org; 816-932-1028).  Please provide Tonya with the following information in your RSVP:

 ·         School name (for each school participating)

·         Names and position titles of those attending

·         Contact information for those attending (e-mail and phone)

·         Meeting dates in which each attendee will be participating (February 20, February 27, or both).

 If you have any questions or concerns prior to the February 20 meeting, please direct them to Tonya and a member of the Collaborative will follow up as quickly as possible.

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