In concert with school districts and educators county-wide, SAM focuses on academic performance at critical learning stages along the “cradle to career” journey, from school readiness through post-secondary completion.
SAM establishes achievement goals for each learning stage, and uses county-wide data to measure performance in the belief that we will get what we measure.
SAM develops and supports “collaborative action networks” of educators and education non-profits, working together to achieve these academic goals.
And SAM develops an active advocacy agenda supporting our county’s schools at every opportunity, and encouraging state and national policy in support of academic achievement in Spartanburg County.
Year after year, SAM publishes progress updates on academic performance, and on Partners’ efforts to reach our county-wide goals. Beginning with SAM Preface, published in May 2014, SAM Chapter 1 was published in May 2015, SAM Chapter 2 was published in March 2016, and so on as the Movement progresses.
Rather than addressing one point on the educational journey, the Movement seeks to coordinate improvements at every stage, from cradle to career.
And, rather than favoring one approach or program over another from stage to stage, the Movement creates “collaborative action networks” of educators and educational non-profits working at various learning stages, identifying best practices, learning from one another, and aiming toward the same improvement targets.
The great treasures of Spartanburg County are its schools, colleges, and education non-profits. They support programs at every level, and make substantial differences in the educational lives of citizens. There is little need for additional programming.
There is great need, however, for a carefully structured effort to focus the entire community on a single set of goals, measured in the same way. And there is great potential in bringing together leaders across the County to intensify that focus by asserting their influence, support, and advocacy on the accomplishment of those goals.
Through alignment rather than isolation, through focus on measures shared in common, through sharing of best practices and working in concert …, in short, through the collective impact of an “all-in partnership,” we can reach our academic achievement goals and create a county-wide culture that values and benefits from that achievement.