Oct 7th

Northern California College Promise Coalition at the Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference

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NCCPC is headed to Texas! We’re participating in the Grantmakers for Education 2022 Annual Conference in Austin October 18-20, 2022. The Grantmakers for Education conference brings together hundreds of education funders with educational experts and funding partners for a dynamic event to “learn, connect, collaborate and ignite hope for the future.”

The conference is a sold-out event that features plenaries, workshops, case studies, site visits, and learning sessions. This year’s plenary sessions include journalist and author Amanda Ripley, social entrepreneur and author Trabian Shorters, Bob Hughes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pamela Cantor from Turnaround For Children, Jim Shelton from Blue Meridian Partners, Brian Stryker from Impact Research, and Liz Thompson from Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education.

In addition to these main sessions, the conference is three days packed with opportunities for learning and collaboration along five different tracks: Equity by Centering Community, Human Centered PreK-12 Systems, Measuring What Matters, Pluralism and Healthy Civic Society, and Postsecondary/Workforce Pathways. NCCPC is proud to participate in the Measuring What Matters track with a session on using data to eliminate barriers to education for low-income students of color.

NCCPC’s Session at Grantmakers for Education 2022 Annual Conference

Where: The downtown Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas
When: October 18, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:30 CT
Topic: “Data Democratized: Leveraging Data to Cultivate Authentic Partnerships for Student Success.”

Meredith Curry Nuñez, Executive Director of NCCPC, is joined by Hana Ma (Sobrato Philanthropies), Dr. Christopher Nellum (The Education Trust – West), and David Silver (Office of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf) for this dynamic session on using data to inform and eliminate barriers to education for low-income students of color.
“Educators and policymakers need reliable information to uncover and eliminate longstanding, systemic barriers to educational justice for low-income students of color. Through a Data Equity Walk and demo of a data dashboard, this session will showcase three ways to democratize data for student success and the role funders play. Together, we will explore (1) a data-sharing agreement between community-based organizations and a public university, (2) a secure data engine that uses predictive technology, and (3) advocacy toward a longitudinal data system to track improvements in outcomes.”

At NCCPC, we believe in bringing together leaders in the fields of education and funding to share resources, advance educational policies, transition students to the workforce, and facilitate the use of best practices in educational opportunities for students from underserved backgrounds. Our attendance at Grantmakers for Education 2022 Annual Conference promises to create opportunities to engage with funders, experts, and share our knowledge of how using data can help educational programs lower barriers to education for students of color. We look forward to connecting with old and new partners. 

If you’re attending the annual conference in Austin this year, we’d love to connect. Come to our session and meet our executive director, Meredith Curry Nuñez. We’re happy to talk about what NCCPC is doing, collaborate, and find ways to further equal opportunities for higher education for all. Together, we can change the trajectory for thousands of Northern California students, and students across the country. 

Post-Event Highlights

NCCPC session explores data walks and disparities in college access, eligibility, and affordability

During NCCPC’s session at the Grantmakers for Education 2022 Annual Conference, Dr. Chrisopher Nellum from Education Trust-West shared their Data Equity Walk Toolkit and demonstrated a shortened version of a data walk. The group reviewed data slides during this exercise and jotted down reactions and ideas.

In addition, the panel led by Executive Director Mer Nuñez, Hana Ma from Sobrato Philosophies, and David Silver from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office engaged nearly 50 funders, researchers, and leaders to examine disparities in college access, eligibility, and affordability. This included a lively discussion and feedback session on how to incorporate asset framing,  introduced by social entrepreneur and author Trabian Shorters, into our data slides and strengthen the exercise.

The feedback on the data walk was that it was “energizing, engaging, and all-around more enjoyable than a typical lecture.” The discussion allowed everyone in the room, regardless of their experience, to react, be curious, and ask thoughtful questions.

As we wrapped up NCCPC’s session, Mer encouraged the audience to launch data walks in their own communities using Education Trust-West’s toolkit. She ended with an appeal to consider how to engage – or even create – coalitions and networks like NCCPC to bring people and programs together around data, co-creation of solutions, and collective implementation and evaluation to increase education equity.

We returned from Grantmakers for Education refreshed and ready to continue our work in Northern California.