We believe it takes an ensemble of talented people – from peer educators to technical assistance providers to content experts – to boost academics and create a healthy school culture. Ensemble Learning brings these individuals together to support charter schools so they can better serve students.
Ensemble Learning, formerly The College-Ready Promise, is a national organization committed to fixing inequities in the education system by improving how schools serve students – especially our most underserved.
Since 2009, we have worked with leading charter schools to help teachers be more effective. We tap into educators’ valuable knowledge, passion and experience solving problems by building cohorts of schools facing similar challenges so educators can learn from each other. We think of ourselves as the glue that holds groups of educators together, by facilitating learning and creating accountability.
Working together to remove barriers to achievement, we can create a future where every student is set up to seize the college and career opportunities before them.
Ensemble Learning’s organizational values mirror what we believe are traits needed to run a successful network. We value the following qualities:
- Equity: Working to undo the inequities in our system
Successful networks have a common goal. These goals must have students at the center and focus on serving students who have been underserved. There must be a passion to improve student outcomes for the benefit of the students themselves.
- Collaboration: Solving problems together to serve students better
Learning is social. Adults, like students, learn best when they can work with others for to find innovative and effective solutions. This collaboration also creates a team within the organization to make changes, often hard ones, happen.
- Fun: Sustaining ourselves and each other by infusing it with joy
Networks depend on relationships. These are built through trust. One way of building this trust is by getting to know each other and playing together. Relationships naturally deepen when you enjoy spending time with others.
- Learning: Continuously failing, reflecting and learning
By supporting a network of CMOs through several learning cycles, we provide them with practice and tools to not only work on the problem identified, but build a culture of learning that continues beyond the project.
- Purposefulness: Focusing all of decisions in service to students
We believe every resource used to support the network needs to be purposeful. Each activity, reading, school visit, etc. must align with learning that will ultimately impact students.
Create joyful places of learning that inspire children and adults.
Foster authentic relationships with the communities they serve.
Engage students in challenging and relevant instruction.
Hold high expectations for all members of the community and provide the supports needed.
Ensemble Learning always begins partnerships by listening and looking at data to identify your greatest needs. We strongly believe in leveraging the talent and expertise that already exists within schools, so we help build a cohort of school leaders facing the same challenges.
Once a common challenge is identified, we address the challenge as a cohort by:
- Bringing in outside experts or consultants
- Identifying and discussing the latest research
- Visiting model schools that have addressed the challenge successfully
- Facilitating peer feedback on plans, observations of instruction and school systems
- Conducting data analysis and discussing important findings
- Creating or identifying assessment tools
- Observing teaching and learning in schools to provide feedback and suggestions
Rather than focusing on growth and test scores, we take a more holistic approach to improve academics and school culture. We help create solutions that reflect your school’s priorities and community.
Partnering with Ensemble Learning
We are currently working with cohorts in California and Texas. We will begin working with charter schools across the country beginning in 2018. Contact us to discuss your school’s needs.