On November 7, a team from United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Schools, met with our staff and members of the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network's Early Warning and Response System work group to learn from each other about our respective systems and partnerships.
While reviewing the features of the two city's Early Warning and Response Systems, it was clear that each organization had a feature that the other group admired and hoped to gain. "I've got an idea," said Laura Elliot, "we'll help you build a case for changing how you record absences and you can help us build a case for updating grades more frequently."
"This is a really valuable opportunity, get the chance to meet people who are doing similar work, yet doing it with enough differences that each community can learn new things that we can take home and implement." said Zack Goldman, Learning and Evaluation Manager at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County "This is one of the benefits of working in a network like United Way, there are some powerful lessons in cities across the country and we can access their expertise and translate for our own community."
About The Early Warning and Response System
Our Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) is the first of its kind in North Carolina, connecting city and county schools, out-of-school providers, and volunteers. Using the EWRS dashboard, we can work together to identify when a student is starting to fall off track and alert a professional network of supportive and caring adults to take quick action. The EWRS is currently installed and in use at 9 schools and 7 community partners.