Framework for Community Transformation
There are five components to The Learning Network's framework for community transformation. They were designed to create the dynamics required to transform
how our community prepares its residents for success from birth to contributing back to the community.
1. Shared Vision of a community education continuum
We believe a collective vision of education and learning is key to community prosperity. The Learning Network is a unifying force to ensure that all Kalamazoo County learners –– from infants to older adults –– are
ready for school, ready for post-secondary education, ready for a
career and ready for the world.
2. Research-based community-level outcomes
The community-level outcomes are:
- Percentage of children meeting Kindergarten, beginning of the year readiness benchmarks.
- Third grade reading and math proficiency.
- Sixth grade reading and math proficiency.
- Cohort graduation rate.
- Percentage of students who meet or exceed the ACT English and math subtest of the college readiness
- Associate's/Bachelor's degree attainment within six years of high school graduation.
- Adults reading at or above a sixth grade reading level.
3. Action Networks
Action Networks are groups of people working together to use data and a continuous improvement process to identify and adopt practices that impact a community-level outcome.
4. Backbone Team
The Learning Network's Backbone Team provides support to the Action Networks and consists of a manager, data team and associates.
5. Community Engagement
Through the Action Networks and funded projects, The Learning Network engages people across public, private and nonprofit sectors and people who will be served by The Learning Network, with emphasis on including people and groups who in the past have been marginalized.