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360 Communities: An Evaluation of the Partners for Success Program for the School Year 2010-2011
Kundin, Delia; Wahlstrom, Kyla; Rickers, Susan; Mattheis, Allison (Center for Applied Reseach and Educational Improvement, 2011)
 

Title 
360 Communities: An Evaluation of the Partners for Success Program for the School Year 2010-2011

Issue Date
2011-09

Publisher
Center for Applied Reseach and Educational Improvement

Type
Report

Abstract
The Partners for Success® (PFS) Program, serving Dakota and Scott counties, provides basic needs assistance (e.g., food, clothing, school supplies) to students and families. In addition, for over 15 years, Family Support Workers (FSW) have collaborated with teachers, principals and school staff in 39 schools to help boost students’ educational progress. The two main program goals of PFS are: 1) Establish a standard level of services across districts; and 2) Effectively partner with schools to ensure that all students reach proficiency in reading by third grade. During the 2009-2010 school year, CAREI evaluators focused on the formative aspects of the program. In the second evaluation (2010-2011), CAREI evaluators collaborated with PFS program staff to formulate three specific goals for the evaluation: 1) Determine the extent to which FSWs communicate and collaborate with parents/guardians and teachers to build relationships and improve students’ educational performance; 2) Continue to monitor PFS professional development processes and determine how 360 Communities can continue to support and strengthen program activities; and 3) Identify how the program impacts students, families and teachers by focusing on observed changes from the perspectives of teachers, parents/guardians, FSWs, and from analysis of student data. The second year’s evaluation was implemented in 10 elementary schools located in six Minnesota cities: Burnsville, Farmington, Hastings, Lakeville, South St. Paul, and West St. Paul. This report summarizes the evaluation data collected from September 2010 through June 2011.

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This report summarizes the evaluation data collected from September 2010 through June 2011.

Suggested Citation
Kundin, Delia; Wahlstrom, Kyla; Rickers, Susan; Mattheis, Allison. (2011). 360 Communities: An Evaluation of the Partners for Success Program for the School Year 2010-2011. Center for Applied Reseach and Educational Improvement. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://purl.umn.edu/137711.


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