We believe in teachers and leaders as passionate professionals and drivers of student achievement, and schools as the unit of change. Too often in education, innovation happens to educators through top-down mandates, and there is a tendency to pursue new initiatives and rush to scale before engaging educators and students. Through the RISE Network, we are committed to authentic, collaborative, and evidence-based improvement. RISE empowers educators to innovate in response to the opportunities and challenges they observe in their classrooms and school communities. RISE is not a program or initiative; rather, it is a platform to convene educators helping all students access and achieve college and career success.
We learn as a Network, observing the inspiring dedication of RISE educators and the tremendous potential of RISE students. During the first 18 months of our partnership, RISE high schools piloted a variety of programs to strengthen the middle to high school transition, increase college and career readiness, and strengthen data systems and practices to support student achievement. In 2016-17, RISE members expanded opportunities for innovation and agency among students and staff, launching the RISE Educator Innovation Fund and Wishbone partnership. And 2017-18, RISE members adopted the RISE by 5 strategy informed by research and the pioneering work of RISE teachers and leaders.
To dramatically improve student outcomes within five years, in five ways, RISE high schools will pursue five core strategies:
1) On-Track Coaching: RISE high schools offer opportunities to engage all students in one-on-one conferences. On-Track and College and Career Coordinators support students through personalized and data-driven coaching for student success.
2) On-Track Data Teams: Grade-level educator teams support educators with information, tools, and resources to leverage their expertise for the benefit of all students. Collaborative team structures help schools meet students’ holistic needs.
3) College and Career Supports: Provide sophomores with college visits to build future aspirations, juniors with SAT prep programs to increase college readiness, and seniors with post-secondary planning support.
4) Summer Transition Programs: RISE high schools offer meaningful opportunities to help students navigate transitions to high school and beyond, form strong relationships, and gain confidence and skills to achieve their goals.
5) Educator-Inspired Innovations: RISE facilitates opportunities for educators through the RISE Educator Advisory Council and Innovation Fund, empowering educators to pinpoint needs, pilot ideas, and promote promising practices through collaboration.