Opportunities

Why Now?

We believe in the vast potential of all children. We know that children thrive when provided the opportunities, resources and supports they need. We believe that every child deserves access to a world-class public education, but to our collective detriment many are not afforded the opportunity.

There is no single answer, no single improvement made that will make educational equity a reality. Real solutions will emanate from the partnership between our public schools and the nonprofit organizations who are providing crucial supports that our schools cannot. OnePercent for Education’s overarching goal is to enable proven, educationally-focused nonprofits to enhance educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all children, especially those living in historically marginalized communities and under-resourced, underserved communities.

We need to dramatically improve our educational outcomes – and we can!

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Parent and Caregiver Engagement

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.

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

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

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.

Restorative Practices

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.

Academic Support

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

College and Career

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 economic growth. Expanding access and supporting success also ensures that our system of higher education offers opportunities to all students.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Much of the foundational research in this area focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) These potentially traumatic events can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian.

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to

  • risky health behaviors,
  • chronic health conditions,
  • low life potential, and
  • early death.

As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. Reducing the number of ACEs can have a positive impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that will help children reach their full potential. Our Nonprofit Partners provide children and their families with wide-ranging supports that help mitigate the negative impacts of ACEs and improve educational and life outcomes.