3 years, 7 months ago firstname.lastname@example.orgParticipant
One of the challenges we face, is that there are over 30 school districts in our county. We’re curious if there are other ecosystems who have faced a similar challenge and have found successful strategies for working effectively with so many different school districts?
If you will be in DC, would love to connect on this topic.
If not, let’s connect virtually!3 years, 7 months ago Kathleen SchofieldParticipant
Hello! How large is your area geographically?
While we have only 7 school districts, our area Florida covers over a total over 5,000 square miles!! While there are only 7 governing agencies, it is still a challenge to agree on everything considering we have the highest and nearly lowest performing districts in our region. But even with that, there are MANY common challenges… computer science, especially. Our structure of getting a cross sector group of stakeholders in one place has helped us identify the things that we want to work on together. It is an investment in time, but pays off very well. We use a “Design Studio” approach, we established common goals and established priorities. I would think that you could get MOST of your districts into one room for an afternoon. I would be happy to share our approach and also the outcomes (to date) from our work… We are still a work in progress. I will be in DC and will be very happy to share. Kathleen Schofield3 years, 7 months ago Ted FowlerParticipant
We have at least 25 districts in our home county, and serve five counties in Ohio, six in Kentucky, and four in Indiana, something like 67 districts. All we can to is work with existing organizations, educational agencies, and other collaborators across the region. We try to work as a network of networks to pull things together. One thing that has been very helpful was our formation of a well represented advisory board for the overall effort.
Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative3 years, 7 months ago Tricia BerryParticipant
This was from our ecosystem application: Austin area households enjoy diverse options in education, including 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools and over 100 private schools. The University of Texas and 26 other public and private universities and colleges with a combined enrollment of nearly 180,000 provide an ample supply of well-educated workers to area employers. So….we’re right in the same boat. Like Ted mentions above, we don’t try to be a convener of all of these as there are already others who do that. We aim to be a network of networks. We have a leader on our Steering Committee who works for a non-profit that works across the school districts across our region. We connect in as we can. Happy to visit in DC as makes sense!3 years, 7 months ago Steve KrakParticipant
I reached out to my SLE leads in 13 communities. A few already replied to you. I also heard from Great Lakes in Michigan. Her reply is below.
We have over 60 in 8 counties that we try hard to interact with. There are 5 regional Intermediate School Districts that oversee all of the public entities in their counties so we work with the superintendents from the ISds for more of the planning for our work. It is tough to reach everyone for sure. I would be happy to talk strategies when in DC or feel free to share my number (989)695-6100.
Lori (Flippin)3 years, 7 months ago Eric MeyerParticipant
We have 42 districts in San Diego County, and we are very appreciative of tips on how to work with so many.
Eric Meyer3 years, 7 months ago Gary FarinaParticipant
We face the same challenge in Southeast Michigan. We have 94 school districts in seven counties that include large urban to rural. We are still trying to figure out an effective structure and processes to connect and communicate; and how to scale efforts. Would be happy to participate in any discussion. Gary Farina
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