Community Education Impact Committee (CEIC)
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.
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.
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.
CEIC meets monthly and is currently engaged in determining the project scope, identifying both short- and long-term outcomes, defining timelines and establishing accountability systems. Nearly 100 community members are participating in 12 task force groups working on strategies that have been identified as being integral to student success. Results will be reported to the public and a communications and outreach campaign is being designed to inform families and teachers about the opportunities and support available to boost student achievement and success.