Grand Rapids Southeast Promise Neighborhood (GRSEPN) Project

Ensuring strong starts and promising futures, in school and the community. 

In 2022, High Impact Leadership for School Renewal joined a school/community/university partnership funded by a $29.5M US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods grant. The GRSEPN project will deliver a pipeline of initiatives designed to address critical areas of opportunity and achieve key success indicators in:

  • Early childhood development and school readiness
  • Health: nutrition, healthy choices, access to health care
  • Engagement, social-emotional learning and development, well-being, safety, security
  • Academic success in literacy and math, successful school transitions, high school completion
  • Career and college exploration and matriculation to post-secondary education and careers

Along with our community partners and stakeholders, we implement a coordinated and aligned system of evidence-based strategies to provide students with a high quality, equity-producing, birth-to-career educational experience. From 2022-2026, we will work with our evaluation partners to measure the impact and efficacy of our work to achieve two key outcomes:

  1. Growth and equity in student learning opportunity and outcomes 
  2. Increased parent and family supports

GRSEPN kicked off with an Appreciative Summit for all grant stakeholders in August 2022! 

View photos from the day.

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GRSEPN Partners

PRIMARY PARTNERS
  • Western Michigan University
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
COMMUNITY PARTNERS
  • Baxter Community Center
  • Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative 
  • Family Futures
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kent Intermediate School District
  • LINC UP of Grand Rapids
  • Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach
  • Grand Valley State University (Evaluation)
Internal and External Stakeholders
  • School leaders
  • School staff
  • Students and their families
  • Grand Rapids Community and others
US Department of Education (USED)
  • Technical Support for Needs Assessment
  • Leadership Development Series
  • Scorecard training and Results Based Accountability (RBA)
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Learn more about all our partner organizations!

GRSEPN Participating Schools

We serve 14 GRPS schools in the Grand Rapids Southeast Promise Neighborhood: 

  • Ottawa Hills High School
  • Grand Rapids University Prep Academy
  • Alger Middle School
  • Brookside Elementary School (B*)
  • Campus Elementary School (A*)
  • Congress Elementary School (B*)
  • Dickinson School (B*)
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (A*)
  • Grand Rapids Montessori Elementary School (B*)
  • Ken-O-Sha Elementary School (A*)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy (B*)
  • Mulick Park Elementary School (A*)
  • Ridgemoor Park Montessori Academy (B*)
  • Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (B*)

We support High Impact Leadership in additional GRPS schools (and others) through services provided through the WMU Office for School Renewal.

GRSEPN Success Indicators

We know that all the adults in children's lives have a huge impact on children's opportunities to learn and grow. The GRSEPN project will equip these caring adults (parents, teachers, community supporters) to improve outcomes for children from cradle to career. We've identified success indicators and measures that will populate a GRSEPN Dashboard for Implementation Progress and Outcomes. 

Promise Neighborhood Federally Required Success Indicators:
  1. Students enter kindergarten ready to learn and with requisite skills for success
  2. Student proficiency in core academic subjects (emphasis on ELA and Math)
  3. Successful student transitions from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to post-secondary
  4. Four-year adjusted graduation rates
  5. Post-secondary enrollments and certification/degree attainment
  6. Students achieve healthy nutrition
  7. Students feel safe on the way to and during time in school 
  8. Increased family stability and decreased student mobility
GRSEPN Program Success Indicators
  1. Growth and equity in student learning opportunity and outcomes
  2. Increased parent and family supports
  3. Growth in school renewal leadership practices
  4. Degree of implementation integrity and fidelity of pipeline initiatives
  5. Growth in evidence-based classroom practices (classroom management, instruction, and assessment) in alignment with GRSEPN student characteristics
Other Success Indicators
  • Based on specifics of pipeline initiatives 

GRSEPN Key Contacts


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