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Colton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington community members today asked a group of 22 principals and teachers how parents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government could best support the academic and career success of every student. The dialogue occurred at the monthly meeting of the Colton Joint Unified School District’s Community Cabinet. Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships amongst all community sectors to support the education system. In November, the Colton Community Cabinet will meet with a panel of students to seek their input on proposed community priorities for supporting the success of every child from cradle to career.
The County of San Bernardino and community wellness stakeholders will meet in November for an all-day summit to begin to identify collaborative strategies to improve the health and well-being of the community. Presented by the Community Vital Signs Initiative and the Senior Affairs Commission, the 2013 Live Well, Age Well Summit will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 14 at the National Orange Show Events Center. Representatives of local nonprofit hospitals, universities, government agencies, businesses, and faith and community based organizations launched the Community Vital Signs Initiative two years ago to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project. In July and August 2013, more than 1,000 community stakeholders from a variety of sectors provided their input on wellness priorities and goals during 22 community engagement meetings. At the November summit, stakeholders will discuss models and strategies for achieving those health goals.
Today, elected leaders from San Bernardino County’s 24 cities and towns and County government were asked to become more involved in the education system to help youth achieve academic and career success.
These leaders sitting as the Board of Directors for San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) last year adopted a Countywide Vision goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career. Working collaboratively with local business, labor, government, community- and faith-based organizations, parents and education, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education has developed a roadmap for success, identifying key milestones in a child’s personal, social, academic and career readiness.
County Schools’ Leslie Rodden asked the SANBAG Board members to join the county’s 33 school districts in identifying and implementing action plans that will help students achieve the cradle to career milestones successfully. The Alliance for Education is assisting with the formation of community cabinets in each of the districts and would like local government leaders to be active members of those cabinets.
“We need you – leaders in this community – to take this across all 33 school districts in this county,” Rodden said. “This is one of the most important things we can do to change our economy.”
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The Inland Congregations United for Change recently unveiled the Inland Empire P-16 Partnership for Education – a collaboration of parents, students, churches and educators in San Bernardino and Riverside counties committed to increasing high-school graduation and college-going rates. The faith-based, social-justice group spent a year and a half forming the partnership to improve programs, curriculum and parent participation from preschool through college. To date, University of California, Riverside; California State University, San Bernardino; Riverside Community College District; San Bernardino Community College District; San Bernardino City Unified School District; Coachella Valley Unified School District; and Chaffey Joint Union High School District have agreed to support the partnership.
The San Bernardino County Library in partnership with Fontana Unified School District will be holding a 2014 College Fair on October 10, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana. Over 40 schools will be in attendance and admission is free. Various workshops will take place during this event including free financial aid, Overdrive- online book resource, and where to find used text books.
Families, business, labor, education, government, public safety and community service organizations from Colton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington came together this month to identify priorities for supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships amongst all community sectors to support the education system. In October and November, the Colton Community Cabinet will meet with teachers and students to ensure everyone’s priorities align. The Alliance plans to eventually roll out community cabinets in other school districts throughout the county.
In support of the efforts of Countywide Vision Environment Element Group, Southern California Association of Governments has awarded a grant to San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for creation of an inventory of existing species and habitat preservation efforts throughout the county and development of strategies for future coordination of conservation efforts. SANBAG plans to hire a consultant to assist the Environment Element Group pending availability of the $50,000 grant funds. SANBAG plans to support the project with $20,000 in matching funds and $20,000 in staff support.
The Countywide Vision Water Element Group is scheduling discussions with city officials to address protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites as part of collaborative effort to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for our region’s future. Water agency leaders presented a map identifying areas of the county critical for getting water into our local aquifers at the 2013 San Bernardino County Water Conference in August. The Water Element Group also plans to work with business and developers on the drafting of a comprehensive water resources plan.
The Inland Empire Economic Partnership this month welcomed its inaugural Regional Leadership Academy class of future business and government leaders. During the yearlong program, students will learn about quality of life issues affecting the region and opportunities to make improvements through collaboration across sectors. The Academy addresses a priority identified by a group of business leaders attending a Countywide Vision meeting last year – local businesses should regain their tradition of civic engagement and help train the next generation of business and community leaders.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) health care professionals spoke this month to about 100 ninth-graders at Colton High School’s new Health Education Academy of Learning program at the school’s career day. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals discussed the required education and skills for a career in health care. ARMC developed a partnership with the high school to help address a critical shortage of health care professionals in the county. The collaboration also helps achieve the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.