Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:
We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include, improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.
The Memphis Freshmen Success Network (FSN) is an initiative of Stand for Children (Stand) to increase the number of Memphis high school freshmen who are on track to graduate by the end of 9th grade. Research from the University of Chicago found that students who finished 9th grade on track were more than 3 times more likely to graduate high school. The Network for College Success (NCS) took this research and developed practices, tools, and coaching to transform the research into effective practice. Stand for Children has partnered with NCS to bring these best practices to Memphis.
The Memphis FSN will provide professional learning and supports to help school and district leaders focus on what matters most for high school students. FSN will provide adults within and across schools with supports that help build their capacity to lead change, improve instruction, and support student transitions into high school. In collaboration with partner schools and districts, FSN will help design systems and structures that facilitate collaborative planning and continuous improvement that will ultimately ensure that students complete their 9th-grade year on-track for on-time graduation and post-secondary success.
The Freshman Success Coach (the Coach) is responsible for the successful creation and implementation of proven freshman success systems, structures, and practices at FSN’s partner schools. Using the evidence-based Freshman Success Framework developed by NCS, the Coach will work in partnership with school-based leaders to develop and operate effective Freshman Success Teams that meet regularly to review data on freshman performance; identify trends and systems problems of practice; and design and monitor the effective implementation of supports that help mitigate failure and increase achievement. The Coach will collaborate with Stand staff and partners to continuously advance a coaching model that meets the needs of school leaders, and design and facilitate professional learning for principal leadership development and instructional leadership.
The goal is to help embed the systemic conditions and organizational practices proven to help improve student course performance in 9th grade—a research validated predictor of high school graduation and college persistence.