District works on pilot programs
Partnership to resume in August
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.
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.