Welcome to the Care Network
The Center for Research on Equity and Innovation at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, along with partners from CREATE at the University of California, San Diego and the California Math Project, is seeking middle schools to join the CARE Network. Our aim is to increase the number of students who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous or from low-income backgrounds who have a strong academic identity and are on-track in 8th grade to graduate high school and successfully enter college and career.
The priority deadline for school team applications is October 30th.
A Network for Our Times
As remote and hybrid learning becomes our new reality, it has become critical to set up structures to address the inherent challenges and inequities that inevitably occur with online education. The CARE Network is designed to support middle school educators in navigating these challenges together, in our current reality and in the future. Specifically, the network will focus on four critical drivers that support students in graduating middle school on track to succeed:
- Early warning systems for noticing when students are struggling, and working collaboratively to design and track interventions that help students succeed (Allensworth et al., 2014)
- Strong student-teacher relationships where adults know students well, see them as whole people, and nurture their positive identity development (Wang & Eccles, 2013)
- Culturally responsive instruction that disrupts inequitable status dynamics and builds diverse students’ cognitive capacities, while affirming their identities as learners and sense of belonging (Ladson-Billings, 1992; 1995; 1998; Brown, 2007)
- Supportive 8th-9th grade transition so students are able to start strong and stay on-track in 9th grade (Christie & Zinth, 2008)
Who can join? When does it start?
We welcome applications from middle schools teams (public or charter) in the Southern California region.
Funding for participation is provided by the GATES Foundation, and additional funds are available for substitute costs for participating teachers. The priority deadline for school team applications is October 30th.
The first network convenings in 2021 will be virtual until health guidelines permit convenings to be held in person.
The 2021 convening dates include:
- January, 27th – 29th, CARE Network Launch
- March, 10th -12th, CARE Network Second Convening
- May, 19th-21st, CARE Network Third Convening
How Do I Apply?
- Step 1: Build an 8th Grade Success Team of 5-6 educators from your school who will lead this work.
- Step 2: Choose a time when the team will meet in weekly/biweekly huddles to look at data and plan for student success.
- Step 3: Complete the application.