Project 4

Live Data Impact Walk (Various PN Schools)

This project would answer the question: how can spaces and processes be created for schools to learn from each other’s best practices? And how does building trust in those spaces help tear down silos so that greater collaboration is encouraged and more greatly sought to have community/neighborhood impact?

This project uncovered how leaders create spaces and processes for schools to learn from each other, and has spotlighted successes such as high graduation rates and college enrollment, low suspension rates, strong A-G completion, and effective professional development programs. In partnership with the Youth Policy Institute, this project has highlighted best practices among Promise Neighborhood Schools through data impact walks for Promise Neighborhood teachers and leaders, and reflective lunch conversations at demonstration sites.

For participants, the project reaffirmed value of collaborative opportunities and generated interest in further opportunities to collaborate. At Raices Academy, collaborators had the opportunity to discuss MAP goal setting—a strategy that helps project college-ready growth levels through tiered targets. The event also underlined other best practices such as “testing night for parents,” “data days,” and “MAP flex grouping.” Finally, collaborators gained insight from classroom observations as well as a Q&A.  The visits to SMBCCS and Humanitas allowed all principals to see the best practices of two strong schools in the collaborative.

At the recent LAPN meeting, collaborators had the chance to learn from Santa Monica Boulevard and Community Charter’s data-driven instruction and effective technology integration. School leaders also talked about sustainability and activities that support growth toward key GPRA indicators. Teacher leaders have taken over this demonstration project and made it their own, exemplifying successful collaboration between charter, district, and pilot schools. Collaborators look forward to expanding the scope of this project through new grant opportunities, work to close the computer science gap, AmeriCorps outreach, and other initiatives.