A Promise School is one where teachers, parents, caregivers, and the surrounding community work together so that students can learn and grow to their full potential.
The Promise Partnership collaborates with schools to address systemic challenges and transform Utah’s education environment to ensure the success of every student, no matter their race, zip code, or family income.
To create positive, collaborative learning environments, our team members:
• Help organize structured time during which teachers can collaborate
• Identify key learning goals with the input of students and families and find ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
Kids benefit from a coordinated effort between school-day-staff and out-of-school providers. The Promise Partnership facilitates this by:
The Promise Partnership supports innovations that address opportunity gaps and inequitable education outcomes. We work to:
• Learn, share, and spread ideas
• Design and advocate for policies and practices that accelerate results for students and families
• Collaborate with systems leaders and community members to address barriers encountered within school settings
The Promise Partnership provides additional support by:
Putting the needs of students and families first means:
• Engaging families to partner in school decisions, policies, and student learning
• Encouraging schools to maintain a focus on students and families most impacted by current systems
• Meaningfully engaging community members with lived experience
• Assisting in collaboration between families and schools to support student learning.
Our team members data analysts, volunteer coordinators, education specialists, community liaisons, and marketers, all dedicated to student success. Our team supports schools as they develop ways to track student progress, design innovative curricula, find equitable ways to bring in community voices, and create environments where every student, no matter their background, has the support and opportunities they need to thrive.
Learn about innovative approaches to equitable education that are being implemented at our local schools.
“When parents are involved, students get better grades and score higher on standardized tests. What’s more, children of involved parents have better attendance records, drop out less often, have higher aspirations, and more positive attitudes toward school and homework.” - Family Involvement in Education: How Important Is It? What Can Legislators Do?
To foster this important family engagement, Hillside Elementary implemented home visits to create a deeper connection between teachers and families.
To increase Math proficiency, Mill Creek Elementary launched a program in partnership with iReady. They recruited a virtual volunteer base to help students one-on-one. Since the iReady partnership expanded, seventh and eighth-grade students have seen progress in their comprehension of math.
• 47% of the students participating in the iReady program demonstrated typical growth.
• 36% had greater than expected growth.
• 56% of the students increased their proficiency by two grade levels.
When students graduate high school prepared for college and careers, they’re more likely to have better employment and earning potential. Over the last five years, Cottonwood High’s graduation rates for all students rose from 75% in 2014 to 80% in 2018, and 65% to 75% in the same time frame among students who are English language learners. They attribute this success to the implementation of summer credit recovery courses and FAFSA completion initiatives.
The national event, now in its 23rd year, is designed to help students find the fun in reading. This is especially important at Title 1 elementary schools where 70-90 percent of students receive free or reduced-cost lunch and nearly all face economic or language barriers, which create additional academic challenges. In 2021, the Salt Lake Community donated 108 hours of volunteer time and over 8,000 books to help students find the fun in reading.