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To & Through Advising Challenge: Community of Practice Spring Convening

In June 2018, PSCCN received a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant enables PSCCN to provide support to Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts to develop capabilities needed to adopt a “to and through” approach to improving postsecondary outcomes for students. This year the team is working to: 

  • Access, compile and analyze identified postsecondary data and develop a plan to regularly review identified data with internal and external district stakeholders.
  • Strengthen and improve postsecondary readiness, advising systems and the curriculum for the 2019-20 school year.

Since the funds are part of the Gates Foundation’s To & Through Advising Challenge, a PSCCN team member and representatives from Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts traveled to Dallas, TX last month to convene with other grantees from across the country. Here are the highlights from the convening:

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District, which focused on K-12's role and responsibility for college enrollment rates and building a college going culture among critical stakeholders, including school and district level staff.
  • Cross-grantee group discussion on implementation plan challenges (i.e. securing leadership buy-in; parent engagement; school culture/counselor practice; broad system support etc.)
  • Leading Change through Process Mapping - a method for improving or creating a new or existing process that has a clear start/finish with defined steps. Process mapping is useful for improvement, clarity, feasibility, buy-in and alignment/consistency.