On December 12, 2013, the All Children Exceeding Standards research team presented a workshop entitled, “P-3- Where You Start is Where You Finish” at the Washington Education Research Association Conference. This three-hour workshop explored the ACES initiative in Richland School district in tandem with the One Voice for Higher Education project initiative of Yakima County.
Participants explored visioning, funding, and finding district and community support for innovation in the education system. This hands-on workshop focused on exploring the practical application of collective impact initiatives, from the local context of participants. Participants were encouraged to explore opportunities in their areas, with an eye to overcoming barriers. The program abstract is below. Presenters were Erich Bolz, Nicole Blake, Sarah Augustine, Karen Weakley, and Rick Shulte.
P-3- Where You Start is Where You Finish
Access to high quality early learning opportunities seems to be en vogue in today’s political climate. While the research mandates a move of scarce resources to this endeavor, we must ask the question, “Can my district afford to wait for policy-makers to do the right thing?” This presentation showcases two approaches (and an interesting loosely coupled collaboration) to changing the school readiness paradigm, one in the Richland School District (ACES) and one in the Yakima Valley (One Voice). Participants will leave energized and with powerful strategies to engage their communities in this effort.