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Collective Work Fosters Innovation and Opportunities

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Perhaps one of the most unique elements to OnTrack Greenville's collective impact work is the coming together of partners from multiple sectors, systems and organizations to foster creative problem solving and achieve a common goal: to see all students graduate from high school and achieve post-secondary success.

What does this collective work look like? It's seen in the frequent meetings shared between principals of different middle schools in Greenville, all sharing ideas and discussing strategies to best reach students and their families. 

"Several of the OnTrack Greenville middle schools are in the same neighborhood, and we have similar struggles," said Marjon Ford, principal at Greenville Early College. "The collaborative time we have within our group meetings is really important to me. We look at things that have work, what hasn't worked. We're talking about the same parents and students and community. It's created opportunities to collaborate with each other...a conversation can exist about what has or hasn't worked with a particular family that has struggled with attendance issues at multiple schools, for example."

Before the collective impact model was put into place, schools and organizations might've still been working towards a common goal, but often in isolated silos. Now, the collective work brings groups together to share best practices and put recommendations in place that help more students succeed.

The OnTrack Greenville collective has also encouraged partners from different sectors to work together and create innovative solutions to persistent issues. For example, in the 2018-2019 school year, Greenville County Schools, Prisma Health-Upstate, and the Greenville County Health Department came together to offer Tdap vaccines on site at three area middle schools prior to the start of school.

Students must have the Tdap vaccine in order to enroll in 7th grade in South Carolina. Having health care providers on site to offer the vaccines at school removed a barrier to enrollment many student had. 

It's the shared collaboration between schools and community that makes the collective work so impactful, and is one that continues to show promising results.

Found in: School Solutions

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