Our Focus Areas
What We Support
We believe in the vast potential of all children and that all children deserve access to a world-class public education. We know that children thrive when provided the opportunities, resources and supports they need. OnePercent for Education has identified six critical focus areas for educational opportunities, grounded in the latest research on how best to serve our children.
There is no single answer, no single improvement made that will make educational equity a reality. Real solutions will emanate from the collaboration between our public schools and our Nonprofit Partners who facilitate educational opportunities across a broad range of focus areas. Our overarching goal is to enable proven, educationally-focused nonprofits to improve educational outcomes for all children, especially those living in historically marginalized and under-resourced, underserved communities.
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Early Childhood Education
Providing a high-quality education for children before they turn five yields significant benefits over the short-, medium- and long-term. Those benefits impact not only the children and their families, but also their communities, their schools and our nation as a whole.
Children in early childhood education programs are:
- less likely to repeat a grade
- less likely to be identified as having special needs
- more prepared academically for later grades
- more likely to graduate from high school
- higher earners in the workforce.
Some of a child’s most important cognitive development happens during their preschool years. When parents and caregivers have access to the resources they need to take an active role in the early childhood education process, they can help ensure that their children have what they need to develop their full potential. Parent and caregiver engagement extends learning outside the classroom, creates a more positive experience for children and helps children perform better when they are in school.
Quality out-of-classroom learning experiences have the capacity to improve outcomes across a range of subjects and to develop better personal and social skills.
When these experiences are well planned, safely managed and personalize to meet the needs of every child they can:
• Improve academic outcomes
• Provide a bridge to higher order learning
• Develop skills and independence in a widening range of environments
• Make learning more engaging and relevant to young people
• Develop active citizens and stewards of the environment
• Nurture creativity
• Provide opportunities for informal learning through play
• Improve behavior and attendance
• Stimulate and inspire motivation
• Strengthen the ability to deal with uncertainty
• Provide appropriate challenges and opportunities to take acceptable levels of risk
• Improve young people’s attitudes
Restorative Practices successfully interrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Far too often, students of color and differently abled students have been pushed out of school through exclusionary discipline practices such as out-of-school suspension and expulsion. For those students, a suspension can be life altering. A recent study by the Government Accountability Office found that students who have been suspended “lose important instructional time, are less likely to graduate on time, and more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system.”
Restorative Practices offer meaningful alternatives to exclusionary discipline. Children who have caused harm and/or engaged in misconduct and wrongdoing have the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, understand the impact of their choices on others, make amends to those harmed, learn from their mistakes and develop the skills to make better choices in the future. They also deepen their connection to trusted adults and their peers and experience a greater sense of belonging at school, which leads to improved attendance and educational outcomes.
Although the high school graduation rate is at an all-time high at 80%, less than half of graduates can read proficiently or are ready for college-level math. Among our children living in historically marginalized communities and under-resourced communities, as well as our English language learners and differently abled students, the numbers are significantly worse.
Academic support refers to a wide variety of instructional methods, educational services, or school resources provided to students to accelerate their learning progress, meet learning standards, and generally succeed in school.
In practice, academic support encompasses a broad array of educational strategies, including tutoring sessions, supplemental courses, summer learning experiences, after-school programs, teacher advisors, and volunteer mentors, as well as alternative ways of grouping, counseling, and instructing students.
Academic support may be provided to individual students, specific student populations (such as English language learners or differently abled students), or all students in a school.
College and Career Access and Success
These programs significantly increase the likelihood that students living in historically marginalized communities and under-resourced communities will enroll in post-secondary education and complete a credential or degree leading to better employment opportunities and higher incomes.
Expanding access to college and providing support for college success benefits students, their families and communities and the nation as a whole. The economic returns to a postsecondary degree are at their highest level in decades, even as more students are attending college, and workers with postsecondary degrees will continue to play a crucial role in the nation’s
Social Emotional Learning
Students with social emotional learning support do better academically. They are more likely to go to school ready to learn, actively engage in school activities, enjoy supportive and caring connections with adults and their peers, use appropriate problem-solving skills, manage challenging emotions in productive ways and contribute to positive school culture.
There is increasing research into what has been called the non-cognitive skills and social-emotional aspects of child development. The term ‘non-cognitive skills’ refers to a set of attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that underpin success in school and at work, such as motivation, perseverance, and self-control. They are usually contrasted with the ‘hard skills’ of cognitive ability in areas such as literacy and numeracy, which are measured by academic tests. Non-cognitive skills are increasingly considered to be as important as, or even more important than, cognitive skills or IQ in explaining academic and employment outcomes.
It’s not enough to simply fill students’ brains with facts. A successful education demands that their character be developed as well. That’s where social and emotional learning comes in. Social and emotional learning helps students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflict appropriately and make responsible decisions.