The Inflexion Approach is rooted in organizational theory and recognizes the critical role identity plays in developing schools and systems that serve all students well.
I often find myself thinking about the role structural racism plays as we aim to ensure all students are ready for college, career, and life. And more importantly, what can we do to combat structural racism with the intent of realizing readiness for all students?
Over the past two years I have spent time in high schools up and down the west coast, as a consultant around college and career readiness. In my role I wear many hats, but working with students is what I enjoy most—listening to their voices, and asking them what they think is best for their education and the world they live in.
Over the past two days our executive director, Matt Coleman, joined three EPIC team members, Carmen Gelman, Brandi Kujala-Peterson, and Matt Kim, in Costa Mesa, California at the 2017 National MTSS Professional Learning Institute.
In 2015, Valley High School’s academic outcome data showed that students needed explicit support and practice developing the literacy skills necessary to be successful in postsecondary opportunities without remediation. Valley had been the lowest performing high school in the county for several years in a row, and had a reputation as a school with a multitude of discipline problems and low academic rigor.
Opening a new high school in an established district is a challenge that can be daunting in many respects. Mountainside High School in the Beaverton School District (Beaverton, Oregon) is no exception. A team from EPIC worked with the Mountainside leadership team to help clarify the importance of shared cultural identity and its role in the success of the school.
At EPIC, we have made it our mission to first understand what knowledge, skills, and abilities students must possess to be successful in postsecondary education or training that will lead to productive careers, and second, to develop systems to support educators in achieving this student- and work-centered goal. We aim to create systems that will…
EPIC is pleased to welcome three new board members to our organization. As our work with school leadership teams continues to grow, we want to expand our capacity to work with schools and districts. In order to do this, we need board members who share our vision that it’s not just the content, but the context and a growth mindset that will prepare today’s kids for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities. We have recently identified the need to diversify our board’s experience to include folks who have worked in schools, and can help us contextualize our work within their own experiences in schools and districts and to focus our language and stories as we empower educators to embrace a renewed vision of student readiness.
At the 2017 annual AERA conference in San Antonio, TX, Division C – Learning and Instruction awarded EPIC’s Senior Lead Researcher Ross Anderson and his coauthor, Matthew Graham, the Outstanding Poster Award for their study on how adaptive and maladaptive aspects of motivation and school engagement change during the transition to high school.
A recent article in Getting Smart, Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12, features Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) and includes EPIC’s work with Valley High School over the past three years. The district is providing incredible learning environments for K–12 students, and EPIC has been instrumental in creating change in one school, Valley High School. We have been strategic in supporting Valley in three areas: (1) developing a shared positive language and culture; (2) transitioning Valley to a wall-to-wall academy; and (3) implementing an adolescent literacy development plan focused on universal (schoolwide) strategies that support all students every period, every day.