Dis­trict works on pi­lot pro­grams

Part­ner­ship to re­sume in Au­gust

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Pay­erchin

Pi­lot pro­grams that aim for im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion in Lo­rain have started for stu­dents and school lead­ers hope those ini­tia­tives will grow in size next school year.

Par­tic­i­pants in the Lo­rain Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Schools Part­ner­ship have spent the school year brain­storm­ing and talk­ing in monthly idea ses­sions with Lo­rain City Schools ad­min­is­tra­tors. The re­sults are show­ing up in pi­lot pro­grams that have be­gun for stu­dents, said school dis­trict CEO David Hardy Jr.

And May 16 was the fi­nal CBS Part­ner­ship meet­ing for the 2017-18 school year. The meet­ings will re­sume in Au­gust.

Be­fore then, Lo­rain schol­ars will par­tic­i­pate in pi­lot pro­grams that grew out of the CBS Part­ner­ship dis­cus­sion groups.

Those re­sults should be com­mended, Hardy said.

“If you were to ask me this ques­tion back in Au­gust, if we would be where we were, the an­swer is no,” he said af­ter the meet­ing.

“I think we’re so much

The re­sults are show­ing up in pi­lot pro­grams that have be­gun for stu­dents.” — Lo­rain Schools CEO David Hardy Jr.

far­ther along with our part­ner­ships with our com­mu­nity be­cause we have some tremen­dous com­mu­nity part­ners who care deeply about our kids.

“So, to say May 16 that we now have not only a pi­lot for a men­tor­ship, but we’re go­ing to have a strong and ro­bust men­tor­ship pro­gram that matches kids with great adults, and kids with other peers, I don’t know if I would have been able to say that in Au­gust. We’ve crossed a huge bound­ary.”

Hardy re­ferred to the pro­grams that are grow­ing out of the monthly meet­ings in which par­tic­i­pants were di­vided into four groups. Each dealt with the five com­mit­ments to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion, as out­lined in The Lo­rain Prom­ise aca­demic turn­around plan.

By April this year, the groups had spent sev­eral months out­lin­ing steps for im­prove­ment.

That month, Hardy asked par­tic­i­pants to draft plans for a pi­lot pro­gram for each com­mit­ment.

For May, the groups learned the projects are hap­pen­ing with co­or­di­na­tion from school staff.

• Com­mit­ment 1 is to sup­port the whole child be­gin­ning at birth.

That com­mit­ment re­mains in place, but school staff work­ing with it want to ex­pand the use of the 2-1-1 in­for­ma­tion line that is free for lo­cal res­i­dents to call.

The 2-1-1 sys­tem pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal so­cial ser­vices for peo­ple to use.

• Com­mit­ment 2 is to in­vest in early schol­ars.

On May 15, 24 vol­un­teer read­ers met with 49 preschool­ers for an hour­long “Read to Me” day at Lark­moor Ele­men­tary School.

The pro­gram was a re­sponse to Com­mit­ment 2, which is to In­vest in Our Early Schol­ars.

Hardy noted he would like to ex­pand this pro­gram for guests to read to every preschooler at every school, at least twice a month.

• Com­mit­ment 3 is to pro­mote eq­uity.

The af­fil­i­ated pro­gram will pair 13 men­tors, ju­niors at Lo­rain High School, with 13 eighth-grade schol­ars from Gen­eral John­nie Wil­son Mid­dle School.

The group will meet May 23 for an in­tro­duc­tion event to a peer-to-peer men­tor­ing pro­gram with Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Lo­rain County.

They will have a team­build­ing event May 26 at Com­mon Ground, The Cindy Nord Cen­ter for Re­newal, an out­door ac­tiv­ity and re­treat fa­cil­ity in Ober­lin.

• Com­mit­ments 4 and 5 have been com­bined be­cause they deal with cre­at­ing schools where adults and schol­ars thrive.

As a re­sult, there are 11 ap­pli­cants for paid in­tern­ships who will meet May 21 for help with re­sume cre­ation and in­ter­view­ing skills.

For the 2018-19 school year, Hardy said he hopes to add more stu­dents and school build­ing lead­ers to the group.

RICHARD PAY­ERCHIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Par­tic­i­pants of the Lo­rain Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Schools Part­ner­ship dis­cuss the com­mit­ments of The Lo­rain Prom­ise aca­demic turn­around plan on May 16. The group held monthly meet­ings to dis­cuss the plan and brain­storm about pro­grams that will help stu­dents.

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