About CEP: Mission and Belief
Founded in 2003, the Coalition for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is a non-profit organization driven by a belief in educational access and equity for all students. CEP’s mission is to promote educational equity by assisting schools, educators, families and community-based organizations to engage in practices that enable all children to reach their highest potential and increase their readiness for post-secondary higher education.
Our experience suggests that deep and lasting organizational change requires collective effort, time and commitment towards embracing different ways of seeing, being and doing. CEP assists our partner clients with creating a culture of inquiry, reflection and responsiveness that supports academic teaching and learning. Our services are designed to help administrators, teachers and school leaders to institutionalize systems and processes for reaching their goals. When students, educators and families have the tools to embrace new learning with calm and confidence, skills are developed, knowledge is deepened and achievement soars.
Approach to Family and Community Engagement
CEP’s Family and Community Engagement Services are founded on a culturally-relevant and responsive model for building and sustaining a collaborative and holistic college-going student support system. Our Family and Community Engagement Services are designed to:
- Recognize, value and build upon the social capital and currency of families and communities
- Foster the building of family learning and knowledge within the context of understanding school and community culture
- Facilitate stronger connection and collaboration between schools, families and communities
CEP’s training curriculum is focused on equipping families with the knowledge, skills and tools to assist their students with being academically ready and prepared to pursue post-secondary education at the college and university level. Through our facilitation and technical assistance, we work with schools to establish systems and structures for building and sustaining impactful school, family and community partnerships.
The result of our continuing collaborative efforts with educators, families, and community partners provides students with assurance that the adults in their lives are truly committed to ensuring that students achieve their potential for academic success.
GEARING UP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BEYOND
Many families don’t realize that college preparation begins before a student first sets foot in school and that the preparation continues through elementary, middle and high school. Numerous studies have shown that a student’s academic performance before high school will determine whether a student is prepared to go onto and succeed in college and career. In particular, students who demonstrate motivation, engagement and self-discipline in middle school are more likely to be successful in high school, college and career (The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring That All Students Are On Target For College and Career Readiness Before High School-ACT 2008)
CEP’s Families United for Student Success (F.U.S.S.) partnership with California GEAR UP enables us to reach families at a critical juncture in their student’s social and academic development. This is the time for all partners to come together with families to:
- Help students connect their studies to their future goals
- Engage students in relevant and dynamic learning opportunities in and out of school
- Ensure that students receive rigorous instruction that prepares them for college and career
- Set students on a clear academic and course-taking path into college
Through the F.U.S.S. partnership, CEP works with schools to expand their capacity to support and promote authentic parent, family and community involvement and engagement. Partnership Services include:
- GEAR UP Family Engagement Support Services
- Families United for Student Success College Prep Curriculum
- Common Core Saturday Camp
- GEAR UP College and Career Community Festival
For more information, check out Brochure of CEP GEAR UP Services.
CEP’s Passion For Education
The Coalition for Educational Partnerships knows that school can be transformational and that education opens up worlds of possibilities. We all have the responsibility to create every opportunity for all students to succeed—while they are only 20% of our population, they represent 100% of our future. We believe that children are our greatest investment and are committed to doing our part to realize the greatest returns.