Partnering with Cultivating Hope will assist you in reaching your goals for student and adult success. To close the achievement gap, we have implemented a data-driven accountability system to positively impact the student, parent, teacher, school leadership and the district. We collaborate with the decision makers to create a plan of action to change the academic and social culture of your learning communities. Our practical approach to solving problems and creating viable solutions require all participants to continuously look to one's strengths and weaknesses for the purpose of enhancing and moving organizational and district-wide initiatives forward. We have five proven areas of success: Math Proficiency, Equity, Diversity & Race, Social Emotional Learning, Health, Wellness & Inspiration and Adult Literacy and Job Training.
In 2018, only 19.7 percent of African American students and 26.6% of Latino students in California were proficient in math reported by the California Department of Education via Ed Source.
However, more than scores need to improve. The teaching culture of school communities must shift their math pedagogy to align with student-centered instruction and a growth mindset of reaching the impossible for every student from every neighborhood. The Math Football League is our answer to math apathy and deficiency. Imagine a math classroom where students look forward to attending and working together in competitive groups to solve problems while being coached by the teacher.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY & RACE
"While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel." - Dr. Tyrone Howard.
Equity, race and diversity matter.
How should we respond when we are in community with someone who is not from our culture, background or sexual orientation? To change culture, we must first change ourselves. Through intimate and intentional trainings, we explore what equity, diversity and race look like in the classroom and the greater school campus community.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Remember when teachers used to ask students how they were doing?
Remember when every teacher knew every student's name?
Remember when class was more than just quizzes and homework?
Students don't hate school; they hate school teachers. If we're honest, some teachers care more about pacing and content standards than they do about the student.
SEL connects everybody in the class and can be embedded in the lessons that we already teach.
HEALTH, WELLNESS & INSPIRATION
Our students are experiencing an ever evolving educational system. Unfortunately, our Physical Education standards and methods continue to fail our youth. The philosophy we've adopted implements social emotional learning into fitness, nutrition and character development lessons.
Health and wellness matter.
These lessons focus on three major components of wellness: the mind, body and heart. To stimulate the mind students learn to increase focus, discipline and positive thinking. Through guided exercises students learn about the body while building strength, flexibility and healthy nutritional habits. Finally by highlighting encouragement and effort, students learn to develop their character and heart.
ADULT LITERACY & JOB TRAINING
32 million adults can not read in the United States equal to 14% of the population.
21% of US adults read below the 5th grade level.
19% of high school graduates can not read.
85% of juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are considered functionally illiterate.
70% of inmates in America’s prisons can not read above the fourth grade level.
Literacy that leads to employment matters.
Through our statewide partnerships with charter schools and non profit organizations, we help adults 22 years and older earn their high school diploma, learn how to speak English and train for a career.