Engaging Community Advisors Strategic Plan

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The Education Trust




District of Columbia

Organization Overview:

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is a policy, research, and advocacy organization advancing educational opportunity for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college, by addressing the significant disparities in educational opportunity these students face in America.

Ed Trust’s strategic priorities focus on students from low-income backgrounds and students of color receiving quality education from early childhood through college. In our work, we focus on policy, practice, and research that enables students to achieve success across the educational continuum.

Project Name:

Engaging Community Advisors Strategic Plan
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan

Project Overview:

The Student Well-Being and School Safety Project is a 2.5-year in-depth case study of two school districts that are planning to either eliminate school resource officers (SRO) programs or reduce existing SRO programs using an ethnographic approach. The two school districts serve a majority of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. We have conducted interviews with school board members, district leaders, and school leaders. During Fall semester of 2021, we will ask 2400 students and 400 school staff to complete an online survey. Students and school staff will complete another survey by the end of Spring semester of 2022. In addition, we will have a community advisory group representing each district. Community advisors will include parents, community leaders, activists, and law enforcement representatives. Community advisors will meet quarterly and provide feedback to the research team.

We would like to invite a student to help developing a strategic plan to develop the best ways to include community advisors into this research study specifically and into our research agenda broadly. Ed Trust is working to amplify the voices of directly impacted communities in our research. This project is the first time we are intentionally working with community members to guide our research projects.

The student well-being project will end December 31, 2022.

We would like the student to develop a project plan for engaging the community advisory group members in the student well-being project and a strategic plan for including community advisors in our research in the future. We are especially interested in learning how to develop and sustain community partnerships that can assist with our advocacy efforts at the school district level. We are also interested in how to build internal infrastructure (e.g., funding, human resources) to support this type of sustained community partnerships.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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