The Community Education Impact Committee is one of our initiatives whose mission is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be academically successful through college, supported by family and community, and equipped to lead a productive life. The focus of this initiative is:
- To involve a cross-section of representatives from community organizations and institutions in developing a Student Road Map to Success;
- To increase the percentage of students achieving proficiency or above on ISTEP tests;
- To combat our local high school dropout crisis by ensuring every student has access to high quality education;
- To implement a Student Road Map to Success, to include learning targets that clearly indicate to parents, teachers, and children what will be learned in each subject area at each grade level;
- To engage the support and assistance of the community in an effort to achieve our mutual goal of an effective school experience for every child; and
- To establish an accountability structure for both outside services and schools.
South Bend Community Schools, like many of its urban counterparts throughout the country, continue to suffer from poor student performance. Student test scores and dropout rates are at unacceptable levels, both in absolute terms and in comparison with the rest of the country. Districts like South Bend have had relatively large percentages of poor, minority, single-parent families and families with otherwise low socioeconomic statuses. We have convened a group of community stakeholders, the Community Education Impact Committee (CEIC), in an attempt to harness the rise of local concern to work to create and implement innovative solutions for the most pressing issues facing SBCSC school children. As conveners and facilitators, UWSJC was able to bring together approximately 140 community stakeholders (teachers, parents, childcare and higher education professionals, volunteers, and community leaders) to work together to understand our county's education struggles. Since its inception in 2010, CEIC members have made a significant amount of progress and have worked diligently to develop strategies to address education issues.
The CEIC has developed strategies in the following areas:
- School Readiness
- Early Grade Reading Proficiency
- Middle Grade Success
- High School Graduation
Success in College, Work and Life.
CEIC and the south bend community school corporation
Of the 41 members of the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 17 are members of United Way's Community Education Impact Committee (CEIC) founded in February 2010. The Committee, comprised of 140 community stakeholders focused on the creation of A Student Roadmap to Success: Cradle to Career, met monthly as a committee of the whole as well as in eleven area specific task forces. The task force action plans were submitted to Dr. Schmidt and provide the framework for the Corporation strategic plan.
"The work of the CEIC has been extremely helpful to the South Bend Community School Corporation's strategic planning process because it is based on current research and aligns with our goals. SBCSC is enormously appreciative of the leadership of CEIC in providing the materials which will enable us to be much further ahead in our next phases of strategic planning. Our design teams will use the CEIC reports to identify objectives, measures and targets for achieving the overarching goals. Thank you again for the contribution of Dr. Drury and the CEIC members."
-Carole Schmidt, Superintendent of South Bend Community Schools