At its core, CCP is an organization with deep roots and over 40 years of combined experience in developing programs and services that address equity and ignite sustainable outcomes for all students from pre-kindergarten through the completion of a postsecondary credential of market value. It’s our mission to provide the strategies, leadership and services needed to further develop the talents of all young people and ensure their postsecondary opportunities lead to success in the workforce.
Combining a knowledge and experience in developing successful national movements (Accelerated Schools, Say Yes to Education) with the on-the-ground strategies and resources – including dedicated sales and marketing support and proven leadership – that bring programs to scale. Key to our work is building organizational, educational and ultimately student-level capacity. Built on a foundation of enhancing equitable outcomes for historically underrepresented student groups, CCP provides strategic fiscal and pathway analytic resources, serves as a community convener in building and facilitating cross-sector governance models and developing community and stakeholder support, and provides counseling, guidance and strategic planning around the development of services and supports needed to elevate student and classroom performance – including the support of leadership development, conflict resolution and global education and awareness.
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SCHOOLS NETWORK (ISSN)
The ISSN is a network of high-performing, globally oriented schools that work to address challenges faced by underserved students and originally established by the Asia Society Center for Global Education. Now a division of Community Catalyst Partners, the ISSN works with leaders and teachers in school district partnerships across the US and internationally. The ISSN’s services are designed to strengthen a school’s vision and culture, develop and inform best practices for educators, and build students’ global competence.
According to recent survey results, nearly two-thirds of ISSN students are from low-income families, nearly three quarters are students of color, and more than 20 percent are English Language Learners. A recent review of the ISSN conducted by Steven M. Ross, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education, indicates that research findings show statistically significant advantages in academic achievement for students in ISSN schools compared to those in similar schools, especially in schools serving higher percentages of minority and low-income students.
For its part, CCP helps bring together every stakeholder in a community—elected officials, city and county government leaders, higher education leaders, representatives from the local school system, local businesses, union representatives, local philanthropies, parents, faith-based and community-based organizations – and then assists that coalition as it redirects existing public funds and raises additional money from the private sector. Among its primary objectives, CCP works to equip whole cities with the data and critical thinking needed to be able to achieve the goal of making a postsecondary education attainable and affordable – and to help identify those areas still in need of further research, including determining which supports are more effective than others in driving college readiness and matriculation in a respective community.
The supports students receive from CCP-led communities and its partners include scholarships to public universities which are financed largely through local fundraising (after Pell Grants and other outside aid have been taken into account). That tuition assistance is available to public high school graduates in CCP cities regardless of family income. CCP and its partners also provide services more commonly described as integrated supports, beginning before kindergarten and continuing through college. These include expanded-learning programming, enhanced medical care, counseling and legal assistance, all of which are made available at or close to school sites.