Shift joined the BELE Network team initially to coach school intermediary organizations (referred to as School Support Organizations or SSOs) in using improvement methods across their networks. The focus of this first stage was to provide coaching for the SSOs as they designed and implemented interventions according to their specific aims and theories of change. Shift and The National Equity Project convened the SSOs in a learning lab to identify opportunities for their organizations to draw on improvement methods and to network schools together to accomplish aims focused on equity.
As the partnership continued, Shift’s role in the BELE Network grew to leading collaboration across partners to capture lessons from the first four years of BELE and create resources to scale the vision to wider audiences. This partnership led to co-creation of the BELE Network theory of change and facilitating the creation of tools such as the BELE Framework.
National Equity Project (NEP), UChicago Consortium on School Research, PERTS, CASEL, Billions Institute, Kingmakers of Oakland, Equal Opportunity Schools
This work was funded by the Raikes Foundation.