Strategic Plan

System Coordination



  • Creating a centralized hub for student recruitment and referral
  • Building bridges from adult education to postsecondary education/training to career
  • Maintaining current information on basic skill and training programs available
  • Promoting opportunity for students at all levels

Capacity-Building and Accountability


  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Assuring quality and accountability of programs
  • Assisting emerging providers with program start-up
  • Assisting established providers with program expansion

Community Engagement


  • Generating public awareness
  • Connecting with other organizations and resources
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Building relationships with public officials

System Coordination



  • Creating a centralized hub for student recruitment and referral
  • Building bridges from adult education to postsecondary education/training to career
  • Maintaining current information on basic skill and training programs available
  • Promoting opportunity for students at all levels

Capacity-Building and Accountability


  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Assuring quality and accountability of programs
  • Assisting emerging providers with program start-up
  • Assisting established providers with program expansion

Community Engagement


  • Generating public awareness
  • Connecting with other organizations and resources
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Building relationships with public officials

Priority Level I – Strategy is critical to success of Up Alliance’s mission
Priority Level II – Strategy adds value or depends on implementation of other strategies

Objective One: System Coordination Strategies

Promoting Opportunity for Students at All Levels

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Define the work of Up Alliance

Priority Level I
2013- Development and initial implementation of plan to create and maintain a continuum of services to include identification of strategic partners, Up Alliance staff positions, and funding
2014- Determination of any services that may be unavailable or lacking (such as family literacy and specialized services for non- readers or students with learning disabilities)
2015- Full continuum of services in place
2) Position Up Alliance as the one organization coordinating a system that promotes opportunity for adult students at all levels

Priority Level I
2013- Release of Up Alliance’s updated vision, mission, strategic plan
2014- Clarity of Up Alliance mission among staff, board, providers, and community
2015- Demonstrated outcomes of the new model

Objective Two: System Coordination Strategies

Creating a centralized hub for student recruitment and referral

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Develop formalized agreements with providers to facilitate improved placement and transition of students


Priority Level I
2013- Implementation of Provider Affiliate and Articulation Agreements that address student enrollment, transition, and data management
2014- Minimum of 350 students with 12 or more instructional hours and an assessment during FY14, as tracked in Up Alliance-affiliated LACES databases
2015- Demonstrated outcomes of the new mode
2) Create and utilize a virtual hub for recruitment and referral


Priority Level II
2013- Development of recruitment plan that includes specific outreach sites and materials plus an updated online service directory with full participation of providers
2014- Continued implementation and improvement of recruitment plan and Provider Affiliate and Articulation Agreements
2015- Continued implementation and improvement of recruitment plan and Provider Affiliate and Articulation Agreements
3) Secure a location for Up Alliance that will attract and retain students, volunteers, and community investment


Priority Level I
2013- Determination of space required, calculation of budget, and start of fund development
2014- Exploration of possible sites
2015- A new address

Objective Three: System Coordination Strategies

Building bridges from adult education to postsecondary education/training to career with the ACE Program providing visibility that benefits the system as a whole

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Expand the ACE Program
• Apply for Federal grants in partnership with BRCC
• Promote “ACE Investor” opportunity as part of Up Alliance’s Human Capital Campaign
• Work with BRCC / LCTCS to maximize and / or leverage postsecondary resources already in place
• Explore opportunities with LED / FastStart


Priority Level I
2013- Funding secured to hire and retain necessary staff
2014- Funding secured to support the addition of a third career pathway, to include additional GED class time and an additional career and technical instructor (if needed)
2015- Enrollment of ACE students during the period of FY12 to FY15
2) Create partnerships with employers for career
exploration, student scholarships, and employment
• Start with current industry supporters
• Develop list of potential healthcare industry partners


Priority Level I
2013- Partnerships formed with at least one employer from each current career pathway: skilled craft and health sciences
2014- Partnership formed with a third employer representing an additional pathway
2015- Tracked employment of ACE students
3) Connect students with resources such as case
management, transportation, child care or other
necessary services


Priority Level II
2013- Development and utilization of list of vetted resources that can support students enrolled at any literacy or adult education site
2014- Exploration of additional resources needed to provide more structured support, to include research of nationally-recognized models, assessment of local community organizations as possible partners, and consideration of additional Up Alliance staff

Objective Four: System Coordination Strategies

Maintaining current information on training programs available

StrategiesBenchmarks
Develop inventory of skill training and postsecondary programs that may be available to students


Priority Level II
2013- Initiation and / or strengthening of relationships to include one-on-one meetings, invitations to Up Alliance Community Network Meetings and events, etc.
2014- Development of inventory that includes comprehensive information such as eligibility criteria, the availability of financial assistance, and opportunities upon completion
2015- Establishment of mechanisms to track the enrollment and completion of students enrolling in skill training and postsecondary programs beyond adult education or ACE Program
(This will help demonstrate student success as well the performance of training providers.)

Objective One: Capacity Building & Accountability Strategies

Providing professional development opportunities

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Participate in establishment of Regional Center for Adult Education in partnership with Iberville Parish Adult Education Consortium and Baton Rouge Community College

Priority Level II
2013- Survey of providers completed to determine training needs; presentation of professional development as part of the initiative
2014- Professional development initiatives are integrated and recognized as Up Alliance’s participation in the Regional Center for Adult Education
2015- Evaluation of professional development activities associated with the Regional Center for Adult Education
2) Deliver training specifically focused on providing basic literacy instruction and addressing learning disabilities


Priority Level II
2013- Funding secured for Wilson Reading System Training
2014- Participation of 20 instructors and volunteers in 3 day Wilson Introductory workshop
2015- Completion of Wilson Level One Certification with 2 instructors eligible to begin serving as peer mentors
3) Provide Up Alliance / ACE staff with professional development necessary for implementation of new model


Priority Level I
2013- Attendance of ED, Student Support Specialist and ACE Paraprofessional at COABE conference
2014- Continued professional development of retained staff
2015- Continued professional development of retained staff

Objective Two: Capacity Building & Accountability Strategies

Assuring quality and accountability of programs

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Recognize providers as Affiliates to emphasize quality and best practice


Priority Level I
2013- Development of standards for Affiliate status and recognition of Adult Literacy Advocates and St. Paul Adult Learning Center as Affiliates
2014- Initiation of annual evaluation of Affiliates, with evaluation including a data report and program improvement plan
2015- Creation of Affiliate Seal that identifies providers meeting standards and promotes Up Alliance branding
2) Develop a plan for program monitoring and provider compliance


Priority Level I
2013- Written plan adopted by Up Alliance Board
2014- Implementation of plan adopted by Board
2015- Implementation of plan adopted by Board
3) Use data to promote program performance and student retention


Priority Level I
2013- Presentation of “in-house” LACES training and participation in LCTCS facilitated LACES training
2014- Increased federal and state adult education funding based on performance
2015- Increased federal and state adult education funding based on performance

Objective Three: Capacity Building & Accountability Strategies

Assisting emerging providers with program start-up

StrategiesBenchmarks
Support the development of new Provider Affiliates


Priority Level II
2013- No structured activity planned except for technical assistance already begun with RLFM
2014- Determination of need for new Provider Affiliates and expansion of Board to include representation of faith-based community to support effort if needed.
2015- Development of new provider toolkit that can be piloted with two organizations

Objective Four: Capacity Building & Accountability Strategies

Assisting established providers with program expansion

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Communicate with provider leadership (board and staff) to identify opportunities and / or vision for expansion


Priority Level I
2013- Meetings held with Provider Boards to communicate updated vision, mission, and strategic plan; Provider Affiliates have continued support from Up Alliance in identifying new opportunities and sources of funding
2014- Clarity of Up Alliance and Provider Affiliate roles
2015- Development of expansion plans developed jointly by Up Alliance and Provider Affiliates
2) Implement performance based formula for award of
state and federal adult education funding


Priority Level II
2013- Improved understanding of LCTCS funding formulas
2014- Development of Up Alliance formula that is fair, given unique services provided by each organization
2015- Use of formula

Objective One: Community Engagement Strategies

Building relationships with public officials

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Create list of high priority contacts


Priority Level I
2013- Meetings held to introduce Up Alliance’s vision, mission, and mode
2014- Updated list and messaging
2015- Updated list and messaging that includes demonstrated outcomes of new model
2) Develop a structured plan for advocacy


Priority Level II
2013- Exploration of advocacy resources offered by the National Coalition for Literacy
2014- Creation of Advocacy Committee and initiation of annual advocacy agenda
2015- Continued effort
3) Commission a study that updates local statistics and demonstrates a return on investment of literacy and adult education services


Priority Level II
Explore LSU, BRAC, PAR as possible resources

Objective Two: Community Engagement Strategies

Generating general public awareness

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Write 10 second scripts with messaging identified
and tailored for specific audiences
Begin with:
Employers / Industry
Funders
Volunteers
Students
Public Officials



Priority Level I
2013- Crafting of scripts and board training focused on delivery
2014- Updated scripts and ongoing board development
2015- Updated scripts and ongoing board development (scripts to include demonstrated outcomes of new model)
2) Re-brand


Priority Level II
2013- Exploration of a new name and logo for Up Alliance as part of the effort to introduce new vision, mission, and model (include survey and focus group as part of process)
2014- Transition from Up Alliance to new name (such as “……, formerly Up Alliance…still built on a foundation of literacy”
2015- Full recognition of Up Alliance’s new brand (as measured by follow-up surveys and focus groups)
3) Develop marketing plan and schedule


Priority Level I
2013- Updated website and structured timeline for specific
marketing efforts to include regular press releases, morning show appearances, student success features, and social media activity
2014- Continued effort

Objective Three: Community Engagement Strategies

Connecting with other organizations and resources

StrategiesBenchmarks
1) Build organizational relationships that support Up Alliance’s new model and System Coordination
Strategies


Priority Level I
2013-
• Meetings held with Provider Affiliate Boards and Strategic Partners to introduce vision, mission, model, and Affiliate / Partner Agreements
• Explore collaborative space
2014- Continued cultivation and identification of new Strategic Partners
2015- Continued cultivation and identification of new Strategic Partners and Provider Affiliates (if needed)
2) Implement fund development plan


Priority Level I
Benchmarks aligned with fund development

Objective Four: Community Engagement Strategies

Recruiting and training volunteers

StrategiesBenchmarks
Develop and implement a volunteer program to augment ALA’s volunteer tutor program


Priority Level II
2013- Continuation of current volunteer recruitment / referral efforts while exploring successful models (such as Junior Achievement) and designing Up Alliance’s volunteer program
2014- Completion of program design plus recruitment and training of volunteers (possibly contract with ALA for training)
2015- Placement of volunteers in Up Alliance facility or with Provider Affiliates as part of articulation agreements that support positive experiences for volunteers and students
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