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    Practices for African American Student Support & Services (PAASSS) is providing programs, services, and support beyond typical actions to improve learning and teaching for our traditionally underserved students, especially African American students.

    Our goal is to ensure that all students are college and career ready able to make life choices with productive and positive outcomes.
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    Programs for African American Student Support & Services
     
    Program Name Description   Details
    African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) The WCCUSD African-American Parent Advisory Council is a school level group of parents of African-American students, and school staff coming together to ensure the success of their children, and ultimately all African-American students at the school. It is an advisory group dedicated to promoting quality education for African-American students. Through monthly meetings and ongoing support, Council members receive information, tools, and networking opportunities to help parents and staff ensure the academic success of African-American students. AAPAC is responsible for advising the Principal and staff on programs and services that will increase academic outcomes for African-American students at the school. There are a few schools in WCCUSD that currrently have an AAPAC at their site. By the end of June 2020, all WCCUSD schools will have an AAPAC

    Schools Served: All Schools by June 2020.

    Number of Students: 5,386

     

    African American Site Advisory Team (AASAT)

    "The WCCUSD African-American Site Advisory Team (AASAT) is an advisory group made up of Parent and District Leaders dedicated to promoting quality education for African-American students. The purpose of AASAT is to advise the WCCUSD school and District staff on strategies that will improve academic outcomes for African-American students and increase the engagement of African-American families.

    AASAT Leaders are parents/guardians of African-American students attending a public school in WCCUSD. There is one AASAT Leader representing each of the 52 school sites.

    AASAT Leaders participate in one monthly districtwide meeting and at least one meeting with their site principal. AASAT Leaders work with their sites to carry out monthly actions.

    AASAT Leaders will help to create an African American Parent Advisory Council at each of our schools by June 2018.

    Schools Served: All Schools

    Number of Students: 5,386

     

    African American Student Achievement Action Goal in the
    Single Plan for Student Achievement
    Each school in WCCUSD has created an action plan in their Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) to strategically work on the academic achievement of African American students at each school.

    Schools Served: All Schools

    Number of Students: 5,386

    Cost: Each school allocates
    a different amount.

    African American Support Collaborative A partnership between WCCUSD, For Richmond, UMOJA, Richmond Police Activity League, Omega Boys Club, and Youth Service Bureau, to engage African American parents in the educational process and ensure that students are successful, served, supported, valued, and educated. Parents will be informed and involved in the decision-making processes that lead to improving the quality of education for African American students. This partnership will help to raise the level of awareness in our community about cultural learning differences and promoting an understanding among parents, educators, and others about culturally sensitive issues relating to the education of African American students.

    Schools Served: Kennedy & Richmond High Schools

    Number of Students: 150

     

    African-American Students of Honor Ceremony

    The Annual African American Students of Honor Celebration is held in May of each year.  The event recognizes African American students who attained a 3.3 of better grade point average.

    The following is the criteria being used to determine Honor Status: 

    Criteria:  Elementary School:Grades 4-6 African American Students of Honor exceeded academic expectations in English Language Arts and Math by earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher for trimesters one and two during the school year.

    Criteria:  Middle and High School:Grades 6-8 and 9-12 African American Students of Honor have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher in all academic subject areas for quarters 1, 2 and 3 of the school year.  Students must obtain at least a 3.3 GPA for each quarter.

    Recognition of 4.0 Students:Grades 4-12 African American Students are recognized for their academic achievement when they have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher in all academic subject areas that meet the criteria

     Schools Served: All Schools

    Number of Students: Approx 470

    African-American Academic Coaching (Mafanikio)

    An academic / enrichment / mentoring program for African American students using a blended learning platform for building skills in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math (Khan Academy) and instilling a growth mindset through direct instruction using Mindset Works or Efficacy curriculum.

    Students are coached, motivated and supported by caring adults. The enrichment consist of Visual & Performing Arts, Spoken Word, Robotics, Forensics, and Sports. Students will also go on study trips that are culturally relevant and college and career oriented.

    Parent engagement is also strong component of this coaching and success model.

    Schools Served: (i.e, High Schools: El Cerrito, Richmond). Middle Schools: (i.e., Hercules, Pinole). Elementaries: (i.e., Grant, King, Mira Vista, Nystrom, Sheldon Stewart K-8)).

    Approx. Number of Students: 500

     

    Rising Scholars Tutoring Program An intervention program focused on increasing the number of Young Men of Color who are truly prepared to go to college. It is an in-school pull out program that is led by UC Berkeley Fellow Advisors and designated WCCUSD site counselors. Students learn to utilize effective strategies to persevere through challenges that historically have impeded opportunities for college admission and degree attainment. Along with the Academic supports come the Social Emotional supports that must also be in place to enhance optimum academic growth.

    Schools Served: DeAnza, El Cerrito, Hercules, and Pinole Valley High Schools (Kennedy and Richmond in Spring 2017).

    Number of Students: 145 - 205

     

    UC Berkeley Pre-College Trio Program (African American Male Pipeline
    Project and the Women in STEM Education) Partnership
    This goal of this program is to increase the college-going rate in STEM for African American male students and women of color by providing comprehensive college awareness, mentorship, mental and emotional empowerment, academic preparation, advising, and information. This regular school year and summer partnership with UC Berkeley serves 45 students who have traditionally lacked essential support to reach academic potential. Students receive services to develop academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Strategies are carried out one-to-one, small group, classroom, and whole school efforts.

    Schools Served: Middle Schools: De Jean. High Schools: Kennedy, Pinole Valley, and De Anza

    Number of Students: 45

     

     

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