Our annual collective impact report looks back on 2018, a year of learning to measure and improve what matters, and looks ahead to 2019 and beyond as we reimagine the future of cradle to career education and workforce development systems in Escambia County.
The past several years have been all about math in my life. I do it everyday, I learn more about it everyday, and even though it gets challenging sometimes, I push through just so I can say “I did it.” After my summer job ended this year, I wanted to work for a company that would help me acquire more professional development experience.
Last year, students in Escambia County left more than $2 million in Pell grants unused, all because students did not complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That’s why Achieve Escambia is launching the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge. The goal is simple — to challenge local students and their parents to fill out a FAFSA application. It’s the No. 1 ticket to higher education.
This week we were thrilled to welcome our new manager, M.J. Ziemba to the Achieve Escambia partnership. M.J. comes to Achieve Escambia with four decades of experience in education. Most recently, she spent 15 years managing the Florida Inclusion Network, where she is most proud of founding the Peer Support Project.
A group of more than 100 people typed their feelings on the economic and educational future of Escambia County’s children into their smartphones. Eventually, three words emerged prominently out of a word soup of thoughts on a big screen in the front of the room.
One year ago, Achieve Escambia launched its baseline report. There were 24 pages filled with extensive data, which provided an honest reflection of where our community stood in terms of educational achievement and workforce readiness.
Being an educator is tremendously fulfilling and challenging at the same time. I have the pleasure of serving our community as principal of C. A. Weis Elementary Community Partnership School. If you don’t know about us, we’re located in the heart of Pensacola … not too far from the intersection of Pace Boulevard and Fairfield Drive.
As Achieve Escambia gears up for the release of its annual progress report to the community, the organization has named a new leader for its volunteer board. David Deliman, Gulf Coast market vice president for Cox Communications, has assumed the role of chair of the Achieve Escambia Leadership Council.
Achieve Escambia is an organization committed to reducing disparities in education and workforce readiness outcomes. Using a structured form of collaboration, a focus on shared data, and continuous improvement tools, Achieve Escambia partners engage in strategies that yield program and service efficiencies and create innovative ways of working together to achieve more equitable results for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
When people ask me about early childhood in Escambia County, I tell them … I’ve never seen a community more committed to figuring out how to make things better. And there's never been a better time for working better together.
If we want our young people to be ready for kindergarten, to excel in elementary reading and math, graduate high school on time and be prepared to enter the workforce, we’ve got to work together to make sure they’re healthy. And there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement across Escambia County.
PENSACOLA (March 8, 2018) – West Florida Healthcare has agreed to partner with Achieve Escambia. This new alignment signifies West Florida Healthcare’s commitment to helping improve education outcomes across Escambia County for generations to come.
I can vividly remember the first day I stepped onto the campus of The College of New Jersey. Like the start of any new journey, it was a monumental day in my personal history. Surrounded by thousands of students and faculty, I was overwhelmed with a sense that anything was possible.
Students report back to most of our local education institutions on Wednesday. Many of their seats will be empty. That’s because holidays are notorious times for attendance to slump. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days.
There’s a growing understanding across Florida of what it takes to create the talent we need to grow a strong, diversified economy that provides pathways to prosperity for all Floridians. During a recent stop in Panama City, I had the privilege of participating in this movement alongside peers in business, education, government and economic development.
Like so many first-generation college students, my senior year of high school felt like entering a funhouse of mirrors. Everywhere I turned, a new mirror popped up, distorting my view of how to access this strange new world of higher education.
Early connections last a lifetime. The earlier children begin receiving support, the better. The fact is, too often babies, toddlers and children with developmental concerns get missed. The words “don't worry” or "wait and see" discourage families and prevent the kind of early screening and diagnosis that can inspire early intervention and improve educational outcomes.
104,249: that’s how many children and youth ages birth to 24 live in Escambia County. And that’s our number. What will it take to improve their educational outcomes and connections to the workforce? These are the central questions Achieve Escambia is tackling.
Escambia County preschoolers are off to a great 2017-2018 school year! Earlier this summer, one of our kindergarten readiness task forces voted to increase Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) enrollment in our county by focusing on three key school attendance zones.
What do you want to be when you grow up? About once a week, I find myself quizzing my three children on their career aspirations. I know it’s pointless and guaranteed to backfire, but I can’t help myself. My 11-year-old rolls her eyes and delights in declaring, “I don’t know.” My 9-year-old, a homebody, wants to skateboard and live in my backyard. And my 5-year-old finger-painter wants to be an artist, of course.
Achieve Escambia is a voluntary network of organizations and groups working across all 656 square miles of Escambia County. Our bold goal is to break all records of success in the education of children, youth and adults from the time they are born until they are successfully employed.
In the report and dashboard, we've laid out the foundational elements of Achieve Escambia and drawn a map inspired by two years of conversations. Now that we've released where we are today, we need you to help usher in a better tomorrow.
As a member of the Achieve Escambia Leadership Council, I am asked, “What makes Achieve Escambia different from similar efforts?” I respond explaining what Collective Impact means, which in simple terms, means a variety of agencies agreeing to come together to coordinate their efforts to achieve better outcomes and results using resources each agency already has at their disposal.
Last week, Achieve Escambia hosted a breakfast meeting for more than 60 local education leaders. Many of them had never been in the same room before. They came from child-care centers, public schools, private schools, career academies, colleges and universities, and workforce development agencies.
Achieve Escambia’s Leadership Council is proud to announce the hiring of Kimberly Krupa as Director. Krupa brings extensive collective impact experience with her, including leadership at Second Harvest – Feeding South Louisiana; a community empowerment campaign for Tulane University; and a long-term disaster resilience project to help New Orleans neighborhoods recover after Hurricane Katrina.
I have to admit, my retirement has involved more work than I ever imagined, but it’s a blessing! For local families, the summer break from school is upon us. It’s a wonderful time for our teachers and students to rest, recover and relax from the busy school year which just wrapped up. While taking a break from the school year is important, the work of Achieve Escambia continues on!