Updated: Jun 24, 2019
Happy Spring! It’s been a while since we provided you with an update on City Education Partners (CEP), what we’ve been up to and what’s ahead.
There has been a lot of progress in the last 12 months! Here’s a quick run-down of where we focused our efforts:
We invested in 6,000 new seats in district schools and public charters for San Antonio’s urban core children.
CEP funding provided scholarships for 50 new teachers and 6 new school leaders in 2018, all with tuition incentives to work and impact urban core schools for at least 4 years.
We launched a teacher recruitment platform called Educate210 which has successfully recruited over 90 teachers into urban core schools, who otherwise would not have come (or stayed) to teach in San Antonio. Check out our video!
Operationally, CEP expanded to a team of 7: with 5 full-time employees and 2 part-time consultants.
CEP has also taken over the management of the Garagesa at Pearl to coordinate education-focused nonprofits, events and experiences. We are leveraging this space to build connections among education-focused nonprofits and catalyze greater transformation in our city.
2019 – Spring has Sprung! And with it, along with our existing commitments, new, game changing priorities for CEP:
New model public schools designed/developed by San Antonians: The Innovation Schools Fellowship is currently recruiting 3 new fellows from the San Antonio area and preparing them to create new model campuses in the urban core.
San Antonio School Finder: Families find best fit schools. Schools tell their stories. San Antonio becomes a learning city. Launching this fall, San Antonio’s school finder will be a web-based, one-stop-shop resource for all public schools in our city.
Engaging our community: The launch of a new organization by parents and for parents as part of the National Parent Leadership Incubator. This incubator seeks parents who want to be part of and drive high quality education for all kids in their communities. We are coordinating multiple neighborhood nonprofits (100 Black Men of San Antonio, Unicity, Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood, Imm Schools and Urban Faith Mission) to increase parent involvement in improving our urban schools.
Teach for America & Relay Graduate School of Education partner to grow the San Antonio Corps to 80 and incentivize 4-year commitments for all Corps Members to urban public schools by providing tuition reimbursements.
We believe that when children receive a high-quality education they are empowered to command their futures and lead choice-filled lives. While we have seen progress in recent years, our city’s outcomes lagged behind the city’s SA2020 vision, “to orchestrate one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.”
The SA2020 2018 Annual Impact Report indicates that while high school graduation across Bexar County has increased since 2012, and third-grade reading attainment and college enrollment have declined slightly since 2012. For this reason, we are unstoppably committed to a future where all our urban children have access to high-quality public schools and inspirational educators.