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Our Approach

Collective Action

The idea of collective action is simple: No single program, organization or institution  can bring about large-scale social change on its own. Community-level change requires the concerted efforts of the many players who can band together around a common agenda. Collective action is a way of working that allows individual efforts to add up to big change.

The term collective impact was coined in 2010. It involves many players, spans across jurisdictions and works toward a common goal with common ways to measure progress. This concept is fundamental to the Road Map Project.

Education work is often carried out in silos. Early learning does not connect with primary grades, nor do high schools align well with colleges and universities. Community resources intended to help youth are often  walled off from teachers and school leaders. Parents may not be engaged; the same goes for communities. Power is wasted because there is no easy or organized way to work together. We have many high-quality programs and individual schools, but somehow they don’t add up to a highly effective cradle-through-college-and-career system. The result is that thousands of students  fall through the cracks.

The Road Map Project has created a common agenda and structures to support collective action. By acting together in new and powerful ways, we can have a tremendous impact on the future of the young people and communities of our region.

System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials

These “essentials” are foundational, cradle-through-college system-level efforts that, if strengthened, will help our region advance racial equity and support student success. This list was developed and has been refined by Road Map Project stakeholders.

Download the System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials Chart

Our collective work focuses on impacting these system conditions so our students of color are well supported and able to reach their full potential. To measure progress toward these equity essentials, the project will be building out indicators to measure changes across the educational and supporting systems throughout our region.  We are currently seeking input on the development of system indicators for 8 of the 16 System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials. Provide your feedback through this survey: System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials Summary Feedback.

Equitable Funding

  • Advocate for state funding equity
  • Advocate for local and regional funding equity, including public and private sources

Increase Culturally Relevant School Climate and Supports

Strong Family Engagement Practices and Functions

  • Support families as early childhood brain-builders
  • Build strong district and school family engagement practices
  • Build regional capacity for grassroots parent advocacy

Increase Access and Dismantle Barriers to Opportunity

Strong Civil Rights Policies

  • Support strong implementation of House Bill #1541 (state “opportunity gap” bill)
  • Advocate for federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation as a civil rights opportunity

Student Engagement and Motivation: This data provides unique insights into the ways students perceive themselves and their learning environments.

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