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Emerging Fellow- Rachel Brown-Weinstock

Emerging Fellow- Rachel Brown-Weinstock

Emerging Fellow- Rachel Brown-Weinstock in Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

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Aman Banerji

Notes:

Not a ton to say right now.
Model- Working with individual school districts to start off with. Have a collaborative committee that convenes every other month. Challenge here- very individualized with each district. Going back and forth rn. A lot of people on the list are guidance counselors, that's going to a conversation w each school district.
Funding- coming through the BOE at the individual districts.
Total districts= 6.
Coordinating committee- rep from Edu committee in Chamber of Commerce, Jay from BOCES, and the point person in each of the six districts.
List of all the contacts in each school district in Fulton County. Goal- to begin conversations this summer on trying to start the program in other places.
Superintendent conference- each Superint pick a point person, and so they chose a person.
Gloversville Superintendent- working on finding a replacement there.
Question- do we want to have a central bank of alumni?

Logistically- she has a form and website where people can sign up. Implementation of it is not very complicated, she has a form and spreadsheet ready for it already.
Funding- using Gloversville as a template case. Looking to get the funding for this area through first.

Follow ups-
- Looking to have individual conversations w each school district- have convos with all the point people in next month
- Joint press releases
- Guide- how to set this up in a particular place. Living document that can help to set up this program in other places
- Funding side- working on pushing through Gloversville for now
- Finding a person to lead the Gloversville
- Launch the paper in her materials
- Check on Roosevelt check

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

Some notes from today:

Presented to Superintendents - sent a follow up email
Superintendent of the school will locate a point person for each school.
Concern- that other folks in different districts will also request compensation. Then we would have to go to each specific board to request a stipend.
Potentially build out a committee of different districts to work with Jay.

2 years ago ·

Rachel Brown-Weinstock

-Contact Jay about BOCES providing stipends, talk to him about how that could work within the existing structure we talked about -If Jay seems favorable or open to stipends, keep trying to expand to the county level -If he flat out says this is really unlikely, start pushing 2-3 districts and work with them to secure stipends -Op-Ed next draft on Friday Notes from 4/3/17

2 years ago ·

Rachel Brown-Weinstock

2/7/2017:

We delineated two deliverables/goals:

-Jay DeTraglia, Director of Career and Tech Ed at Boces reformulated how this policy could implemented:

1. Convince Mark Kilmer, President of F-M Chamber of Commerce to add building/coordinating alumni network into the job description of one or both of the two full-time employees of the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
2. Work with college and career counselors and teachers (business teachers, home economics teachers, etc.) from all Fulton County school districts to develop a crowd-sourced catalog of different college/career exploration and preparation programs that incorporate alumni. Counselors/teachers wanting to use the network in the future could thus pick from a list of programming options that they want to provide for their students. Once chosen, the Education Committee member would coordinate the programming for them.


-If an existing Chamber of Commerce staff member were to run the program, the program could be free of cost pending the necessity of background checks for certain mentors.
-Presenting idea to Chamber on 2/8/2017

Follow-ups:
-Updated version of goals/OKRs and power map after tomorrow's meeting
-E-mail Aman about when to try and release white paper

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

October 24:

- Been working on different parts of the White Paper
- Sent out the survey to folks
- Been working on comissioning folks for the maps
- Career and creative director of BOCES- sent him the draft
- Research on the quantative benefits- proof that this will work

2 years ago ·

Rachel Brown-Weinstock

-White paper--went well, wrote too much but that's how I write. Need advice on which arguments are essential versus which are extra. Paper currently doesn't feel very organized to me and want Roosevelt readers to help with that
-Need to finish citations and send in
-Want to create a survey to send to counselors about perceived barriers to increasing career expectations, plus ask on survey what college/career development services are offered
-Heard from 4/7 of district counselors, will reach out to again
-New player--Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, Director of BOCES Career and Tech Ed suggested they be on committee to help spearhead the policy. Will reach out to to Chamber's Education Committee to learn how they envision their role, to see how former residents could benefit local development from business standpoint
-learned if two school districts request BOCES service they have to offer it as long as it is approved by the state, so really need to get local counselors on board. State has to believe new service meets a local need
-great phone call with Director of Career and Tech Ed at BOCES, loves policy and wants to help implement it, invited me to speak at regional counselor conference and regional superintendent conference in Jan/Feb of next year to rally further support and work up a plan among the districts to make it happen, he also agreed to read drafts of my white paper
-Update/add coalition doc

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

September 20:

- General thoughts- opinion on how to approach
Reached out to all the people from the Community development people.
Lots of comm dev people interested- but wondering how it would work?
Had trouble finding community-specific data. But, found NY state report cards- post-secondary plan for students. List of all schools in the county- found a really important piece of data. Found some excellent data on this.
Guidance counselors- waiting to send out the official 1 pager.
People to look at white paper- possibly a guidance counselor, college mentor, possibly a school board member.
Presentation- in a good place, ready to share with coalition.
White paper- feeling good about it,

Follow-up
- Planning on sending emails to all the people with powerpoint by Thursday.
- Coalition doc- add the updated list and contact information.
- Attached Bibliography, and Lit review to the goals

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

August 26:

Working on re-reading the lit review.
Finalized the advisor/mentor to work with. And, added a grad student.
Rural edu policy is good if it catalyzes community development- big finding in the lit review.
Rural Sociology conference- talked about how former residents have been very involved helping to contribute for things like libraries and other institutitions. Find ways to use the resources of the mentorship network- for other community needs. Potential new addition to the project and the paper. Adjusting coalition partners to add in rural community development folks.

Success- 1) Writing white paper- doing the research with councillors and working actively w them to identify challenges 2) Getting BOCES (collective agency that provides careers and technical assistance to counties- Fulton county) to implement some version of the policy. 3) Have a full budget of how much this whole thing would cost (especially for screening mentors) 4) Lobbying the school board- BOCES has their own school board based off the counties that they represent

Superintendent of BOCES- taught at the community college. School board member from Gloversville- might be a good first bet.

Follow ups:
- Will add in the coalition members list
- Finding a time to interview the guidance counsellors- needs to schedule this
- Can start interviewing community groups and coalition members
- Send updated draft of the outline
- Review the literature review and bibliography again- will send an updated draft

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Approved a goal: Bibliography & Brief Outline Due

2 years ago ·

Rachel Brown-Weinstock joined the project

2 years ago ·

Shreya Ganeshan joined the project

2 years ago ·

Sawyer Smith joined the project

2 years ago ·

Asha Athman joined the project

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

June 6:

Background- Left Gloversville, looked at sociology research on disparate educational outcomes.
Community attachment research- lots of people still wanted to feel part of the Gloversville community. So moulded the policy around that desire.
Trying to figure out what resources haven't been used to support this type of work.

Glove to glove- wants to find a way to stay a part of program and institutionalized and move to a wider scale.
Already thought that she was going to write this into policy for 10 Ideas.
Syracuse- important to target rural community.

Glove to Glove- started by going to Superintendent- had a vision for having alumni give back and a peer mentorship piece. This superintendent secure a grant for P tech- trains freshman in fields like construction, engineering, etc. He set up a meeting with her and folks from the high school, comms team wanted to help recruit alumni. Rachel recruited alumni for about a year, built out the website, and figured how to get kids/alumni involved. Finding alumni turned out to be a very easy process. Moved to- how will we get students involved in the program. Initial idea- individual mentorship. Doing it through a class model- sign up to speak w someone they want to work with.
Done a career day- where alumni served as the presenters. Was able to expand the diversity of folks that have wide-ranging careers.
Rural/low income youth- should not be going to college at lower rates.

Trying to find a way to make it institutionalized- that could run an individual program better.
Currently- it's at one particular high school. But people are interested in the model, just a lot of work for one person.
Alumni- over 100 involved right now, plus more that are in her database that do things like career days. 30 students currently in college that do mentorship.
Data- main source of data has been the mentors reporting back. Harder to get the response from the students themselves. Don't have a whole lot of data just to this point. Will talk to some of the students and alumni.

Proof of concept for now- based largely in the theory behind career aspirations, don't have great data for now.

Relationships w Vice Principal, school admin, superintendent and more- a lot of the proof of concept has come from there.

How would you make this institutional? BOCES- a law passed by NY legislature- rural and small school districts have a lot of common needs. Lots of money to support initiatives. Their BOCES program is pushing toward career programs anyway. BOCES program has more employees than some of these folks. HFM BOCES- full name of the program.
Currently, this is a state program- run out of a local community college. Have their own Superintendant.
Program was mandated by the government. BOCES Superintendent is different from the Gloverville Superintendant.
Would go through to that from a coalition of local counselors and Superintendents. So having a host of folks testifying to the Superintendant saying we are interested in this.
Overall- trying to institutuonalize this program through BOCES.

Things from Roosevelt that would be useful-
- Clout behind White Paper published
- Help w how to push the policy forward

Hyde Park-
- How to build a coalition
- How to take up a lobby meeting
- How to be your best advocate

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Setup Loft Project

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Complete Literature Review

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Bibliography & Brief Outline Due

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Building Coalitions

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Building Coalitions

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: White Paper

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Completed Outline of Paper

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Prepping for Spring Policy Change

2 years ago ·

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