The K-12 Outreach Program is poised to meet future challenges at a local and regional level. Through CUOS, the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition is putting theory into practice by addressing K12 math and science literacy problems. Innovative partnerships and programs are being created and introduced to schools and community learning centers.
The past few years have been a time of growth and learning for participants in the coalition. We have accomplished enough to have reached conviction that community learning coalitions can, indeed, change our children's learning environment and future prospects for the better. The model involves so many stakeholders and potential resources and possesses so much flexibility that it has the potential for positive results in any setting. A few of the most important lessons we have learned by doing follow.
This evaluation and assessment of progress brings us to the following recommendations and plans for the CUOS K12 Education Outreach Program:
Overall, we feel that our education outreach activities are proceeding very well: what we are doing works. Our aim now is to expand this model to more sites in order to serve more children. While partners we work with have shown great willingness to find funding to continue programs once they have proven their worth, outside start-up funding is critical. In an era of rising needs and shrinking public funding, public schools, in particular, have great difficulty finding money for even the most promising new initiatives. Accordingly, we recently helped write and submit a collaborative proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. This ambitious plan includes ten learning community centers in three counties of Southeastern Michigan, building directly upon the model established through the NSF Supplemental Grant and taking advantage of our ability to offer experienced leadership. We are confidant that this funding will help us establish a city-wide program for Pontiac, expanded programs in Ypsilanti sites with whom we already work, and new models in Detroit and in a rural school district between Detroit and Ypsilanti.
CUOS believes the coalition model, with Web-based resources and a focus on direct services for local students, is now a proven one that others may adopt while building upon our experience base.
|1998 Progress Report|
|A. The Problem|
|B. The Solution|
|A. Organization and Management|
|B. Systemic Initiatives to Build School-Centered Learning Communities|
|C. Coalition Web Site|
|D. Reach Out! Student Organization|
|E. Math-Science Tutor/Mentoring Programs|
|F. Science Outreach Programs|
|G. Coalition Building and Stakeholder Development|
|Appendix A: Coalition Partners List|
|Appendix B: Web-Site Home Page|