IEBC supports faculty and staff to work together in their own institutions and across the segments using a unique process that results in measurable improvement in student learning and success. In this section you will learn about how we bring together education stakeholders to form within-segment and cross-segment partnerships that support improvements in preparation for college and career.
IEBC’s college readiness and success work is infused with collaboration that initiates sustainable partnerships between education segments, institutions, districts and regions to increase success for students through their education career and into the workplace. We do this by bringing faculty, staff and administrators together within and across educational disciplines, segments, institutions, sectors, and regions to build relationships of trust and respect that serve for both present and future programs and initiatives.
Using local data as a foundation, we facilitate courageous professional discussions that are collaborative, cooperative and supportive, using IEBC-developed processes that serve as frameworks for discussion and alignment processes. Our facilitators also train local faculty leaders to serve as liaisons to their departments and institutions to bring awareness of the collaboration processes and programs for growth and sustainability of outcomes.
Click here to learn about examples of our work in college readiness and success.
Applying its deep experience with collaboration to advance college readiness and success, IEBC draws on local knowledge and resources to facilitate the creation of faculty-produced guides that include locally-aligned high school to college curricula, as well as sample assignments and assessments. In the development of these guides we involve faculty in deep, ongoing discussions of curriculum as well as pedagogy and the coordination of field testing and evaluation of samples to determine if they meet the needed level of rigor. The guides then serve as launching points for faculty, in collaboration with their peers, to creatively design assignments that will meet the needs of their students.
Click here for more information about developing curriculum guides and access to various guides themselves.
In addition, based on our many years of facilitating this work, IEBC is producing a collaboration handbook for educators detailing a framework and step-by-step institution-adaptable process for collaborative curriculum alignment. See the Collaboration Guide Preview here.
Our work in Pathways of Study focuses on better aligning academic student learning outcomes (SLOs) with employer-expected competencies. We have pioneered a simple process that first and foremost engages faculty in examining how their student learning outcomes align with careers/occupations in a Pathway of Study.
This process, called Curriculum to Career Choices with SmartPathways and known as CtCC, is a collaborative, program-centered design process that ensures the academic learning experiences identified by faculty can align to the expectations identified by employers. The process ensures that a Pathways of Study program is meaningful and not just a rearrangement of courses to call them a Pathway. IEBC’s CtCC experts work with an institution’s faculty to create alignment in as little as one semester.
The CtCC process occurs over four stages:
- Stage I builds on the deep work that colleges have done, mapping their programs and placing them into clusters or meta majors. Regional needs are considered and we facilitate selections about which pathways are best suited to begin the work.
- Stage II continues the preparation with planning the facilitated meetings. IEBC’s team works closely with the local institutional leader and team championing the endeavor.
- Stage III includes facilitated faculty-focused collaborations. The central focus is on faculty work to identify where pathway and course SLOs align with employer-expected competencies and to address any gaps, where appropriate. Work is conducted between the meetings to ensure the process is ongoing.
- Stage IV finalizes the work. Faculty revisit identified misalignments to ensure these have been addressed. A plan is developed for ensuring knowledge and practice are kept current. A final meeting begins the implementation phase, integrating faculty-identified SLOs into the pathway curriculum.
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Our intersegmental work in California focuses on K-12 to postsecondary student transition and includes access to the IEBC In-SITES® suite of tools – user-friendly web-based tools that assist educators in using their own student data to improve instruction and student outcomes.
California Transitions was established by IEBC to build on our many years of local and regionally-oriented, intersegmental work. Our specialty is working with teams – involving schools, colleges, universities and others who share our commitments, goals and values – to develop authentic collaborations and to understand and apply data effectively.
Our Transitions work typically includes sharing student transcript, test and award data between high schools and colleges. We ensure faculty, administrators and other education stakeholders can make use of the information by presenting it in useful and usable ways. The focal points for this work are:
- College Readiness: IEBC leadership and staff have worked for over a decade on college readiness and success, particularly as the obstacles to being college-ready impact those who are underrepresented in the college population. Using college metrics to complement current high school measures of success, IEBC provides educators with transition data and assists them in aligning high school exit expectations with college entrance expectations.
- Pathways and Transitions: IEBC provides support to sites in California and elsewhere, identifying pathway (high school and college) students and linking transcript and other program-specific information to ensure partnerships produce positive and meaningful results for students.
- IN-SITES® Tools: California Transitions offers, at no cost to participants, our newest suite of tools – In-SITES® (Instant Strategic Information Tracking Educational Success).
“(The In-SITES®) Tool is a breakthrough that brings evidence of student progress and achievement right to those who need it most — the faculty and practitioners. It brings the information right to the user’s desktop.” Community College Researcher
Click here to find out more about California Transitions, and click here to access the MOU, In-SITES®, reports, file submissions, and news.