Other Forms of Improvement

In addition to the Collaborative Action Networks, Bridging Richmond has become a trusted, neutral convener for several of our partners. The districts and community organizations look to Bridging Richmond to support them in mobilizing the community around shared issues and helping them pivot to action through regional events like their Equity Summit and Chronic Absence Summit.

NextUp

NextUp is a coordinated middle grades out-of-school time initiative in Richmond, and partners closely with Higher Achievement. Current sites are located at Henderson & Boushall Middle Schools. Bridging Richmond provides all of the data services to NextUp, including professional development and data dashboard management. Learn more about NextUp.

Also in the middle school space, Bridging Richmond convened regional educators and community service providers for two middle school summits in 2013 to prioritize regional needs in the middle school space. The importance of relationships between youth and caring adults, within and beyond the school day, was consistently forwarded as critical to youth learning and development. 

Additionally, several districts want to form a learning network to increase middle schools receiving the Schools to Watch distinction. While this project not in the top three priorities regionally, it will proceed in some districts. As new priorities emerge and partners identify middle school as a top priority, Bridging Richmond will be prepared to convene a network to improve middle school outcomes regionally. In the meantime, we are grateful for the work of our middle school partners and community organizations.

CodeRVA

A Chesterfield-led consortium of 10 school districts were awarded a planning grant to design an innovative high school. In Fall 2016, CodeRVA will open as a magnet high school, specializing in computer science, serving the Greater Richmond region. The school has been created to provide high school students with an innovative, career-focused high school experience through a personalized learning experience utilizing a blended instructional delivery model. Bridging Richmond convened over 30 partners to develop the grant proposal, and continues to be an active partner on the CodeRVA steering committee. Learn more about the grant received.

RVA Future

Bridging Richmond provides decision support for the RVA Future, an initiative of the City of Richmond’s Mayor’s office aimed at increasing the number of Richmond Public School graduates accessing quality post-high school opportunities.  Future Centers are housed within each of the five comprehensive high schools, with dedicated Center Directors. The Center Directors are also involved in the FAFSA improvement teams. Learn more about RVA Future.

Richmond Public Schools, Office of Community Partnerships

Bridging Richmond provided the RPS Office of Community Partnerships with facilitation and decision support in 2015 to create an application and vetting process for partners and therapeutic day treatment providers. Bridging Richmond continues to provide in-kind decision support while considering more sustainable funding opportunities. Greater alignment among partners is critical to collective impact improvement, and thus mission-aligned for Bridging Richmond.