SCYPT Meeting Summary - December 2013

Meeting was held Dec. 4, 2013.
Key decisions and actions are in bold.

SCYPT Members in Attendance:
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, George Becerra, Bob Bermingham, Nannette Bowler, George Braunstein, Judith Dittman, Jack Dobbyn, Kim Dockery, Eileen Ellsworth, Cristy Gallagher, Pat Harrison, Cathy Hudgins, Rick Leichtweis, Chris Leonard, Jeff McKay, Megan McLaughlin, Richard Moniuszko, Mary Ann Panarelli, Fahemeh Pirzadeh, Jeff Platenberg, Erin Schaible (for Ed Roessler), Jane Strauss, Douglas Tyson

School Readiness Recommendations:
The SCYPT endorsed the staff recommendations on school readiness.
Jeff McKay offered an amendment to the motion to endorse the recommendations, which was accepted as friendly to the motion, noting that the endorsement is made with the understanding that staff will develop more detailed descriptions of the recommendations and strategies to implement them, and that these details will be shared with the SCYPT prior to becoming part of the formal proposals to the Board of Supervisors and School Board requesting funding and/or policy changes. Additionally, it was strongly recommended that Recommendation 4 (capital planning process) be a part of the existing capital planning process, and not a completely new initiative. Each element of the recommendations was voted on individually; each passed unanimously. Supervisor Hudgins recommended school readiness be incorporated into the community outcomes to be developed by the SCYPT.

Collective Impact Presentation:
Colin Groth, the Director of Strategic Assistance for Strive Together, presented on collective impact and led a discussion on how the SCYPT can better identify and achieve its community goals. Lee Parker, the Director of Educational Initiatives for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, shared her experience working with Raise DC, a similar effort in Washington, DC. As a part of the presentation, they shared “report cards” from Strive and Raise DC that contain examples of community outcomes and indicators. (Links to other reports from members of the Strive Network across the country can be found at

After discussion, Mr. Groth made some process recommendations for the SCYPT:

  1. Consider whether the right people are at the table and who else may need to participate.
  2. Develop three committees to work on moving the team forward:
    1. One to draft revised vision and mission statements for the SCYPT;
    2. One, composed of trusted data experts, to recommend community-level outcomes and indicators; and
    3. One to recommend a structure that allows for interaction between the various organizations and groups working to promote successful children and youth.
  3. Develop a process to get this information out to, and get feedback from, the community.

Staff will work with the executive committee, and with guidance from Strive Together, to refine these recommendations into specific proposals for action to be considered by the SCYPT.

Information Shared by Members:

Cathy Hudgins shared a resolution, passed by the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association, recommending County investment in programs and services resulting in successful children and youth. Supervisor Hudgins recommended the SCYPT consider the recommendations within the resolution, especially within the context of the Strive recommendations.

Cathy Hudgins recommended the SCYPT include on the February agenda a discussion on disproportionality so that the team can develop recommendations and guidance for Board of Supervisors and School Board action. 

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