San Bernardino City Unified
In an effort to improve opportunities and outcomes for African American students, the San Bernardino Unified School District formed a Task Force for African American Student Achievement in the summer of 2014.
As one of its initial efforts, this task force issued a report and recommendations in collaboration with the community’s African American Education Collaborative — a coalition of nearly a dozen community, faith-based, and civil rights organizations. The task force found that in San Bernardino City Unified, too few African American students graduated on time, and a high percentage of African American students were chronically absent and being disproportionately suspended. To address these dire statistics, the Task Force proposed a collective impact strategy aiming to improve outcomes in several school clusters. Action Planning Teams of district and school personnel, community and business leaders, parents, and students tackle the key focus areas of parent engagement, student support, college readiness, and cultural competency training. These teams are studying the issues, collecting data, and proposing specific strategies. For example, one team proposed to increase parent awareness and involvement at various stages of literacy development in order to reinforce learning at school and home. The Task Force also consulted with high-achieving Black students and their families to identify and replicate the strategies that helped them achieve success.