What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The school is in its 7th year of operation and has a K through 7th grade enrollment of 175. Their families and the 25 staff and faculty have participated in four comprehensive trainings/ school development activities with outside sources to learn CC techniques in addition to professional development, craft sharing, and parent seminars that are open to the greater community.
C&R tracking slip data indicates that children have, over the years, developed skills that require less external support. Five students utilizing the C&R process had a significant decrease in the number of C&R visits, going from 47 to 8, 33 to 7, 8 to 0, 20 to 4, and 6 to 0, annually. Additionally, anecdotal records and feedback indicate that students, teachers, and families are utilizing the tools and skills they are learning.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
When at capacity, the school will serve students from K through 8th grade with an enrollment of about 200. The school will continue to provide training and development opportunities to the school community and will continue making these resources available to others in the greater community. If the school receives other financial support, the program development and following impacts will be accelerated.
As the school evaluates the success of the program (see Milestones below) and develops the program based on the information gathered, the skills of students, staff and community members will also increase resulting in tangible positive outcomes beyond those already established.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
In order for the project to be a success, further clarification and development, systematic training, and more objective means of data acquisition and evaluation must developed. Thus far, most of the development work has been done on a volunteer basis which has restricted the development of the model. The school does not have a qualified staff member whose specific task is to develop the CC program. To expedite the development process, both monetary and human supports are needed. The school is considering ways of gaining additional funding for development and training, so that the CC model is whole and can be shared with other institutions.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify and utilize additional means of measuring student CC skills and for evaluating current CC program.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Develop systematic parent and staff training.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
When my children were nearing school age, I started thinking about starting a school that would promote peace in the world, but the impetus to do so was the realization that if I didn’t, nobody might. A mutual friend introduced me to my co-founder, who wished to invest to forward his value of peace. After much research and many conversations, we agreed to create a public charter school. We worked together to articulate, on paper, our ideals. Others joined our endeavor as the charter received its finishing touches and was approved. Now, over 8 years later, I am in awe of the power of recorded words to create something that is beyond human imagination. Mountain Mahogany Community School truly and authentically is a learning community for peace.