Based on the work of Marin Promise Partners, the National Strive Together Cradle to Career Network has certified the county as a Systems Change community.
The focus of this effort is to increase the level of cultural responsiveness among those who work with and influence youth. To date over 90% of Leadership Council partners have completed a Self-Assessment Survey and nearly all of them are working toward equity-based S.M.A.R.T.E Goals
This initiative focuses on race, as it remains the single most predictive factor of student success. Due to individual and institutionalized bias, students of color experience potent current and accumulated disadvantages – from access to high quality pre-school all the way to completing a college degree. Differences in educational opportunities are mirrored in differences in academic achievement. But students of color are not failing; our system is failing them. In Marin County, 2 out of 3 students of color move through their school experience and graduate without the necessary preparation to succeed in a personally fulfilling and economically sustainable college or career program. Long-standing systemic racial inequities in our county continue to be a deep and persistent trend. Institutionalized, and oftentimes unconscious, attitudes and beliefs about students of color have resulted in low expectations, increased segregation, and discriminatory policies & practices. Only by engaging in a culturally responsive approach to policies and practices that impact students and their families across all Cradle to Career efforts, will racial equity in Marin’s educational system be achieved.
This is a list of partners’ professional development resources referrals to each other.
“This is the first time in over a decade that there will be enough childcare slots for the students that need them in our community,” – Superintendent Dr. Itoco Garcia
College financial aid workshops were brought to Novato and San Rafael high school students by a push from a little-known partnership of Marin community leaders. That group recently identified five initiatives to help reach its mission of achieving educational equity in Marin by 2028. Marin Promise Partnership, a nonprofit of education and nonprofit leaders, this