A celebration is planned for Wednesday, April 22, to celebrate the great work that is being accomplished by Partners with Purpose.

Launched in early 2014, Partners with Purpose has worked with a total of 25 programs aimed at continuous improvement for the students, families and staff members of Toledo Public Schools.

Wednesday's celebration, to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library of the former DeVilbiss High School, 3301 Upton Ave., will showcase the partners in the Scott and Woodward learning communities, especiall the 16 participants who recently completed a 5-step workshop series. This series mirrors the 5-step Protocol that all partners must agree to follow before they start working with TPS students and their families. The workshops help partners identify goals, objectives, activities, outcomes, measures and tools relevant to their programming.

Partners with Purpose is an initiative of TPS and Partners In Education (PIE) and was designed to support agencies/individuals who are interested in partnering with TPS schools in the Waite, Woodward, and Scott learning communities, a design that will ultimately expand districtwide. As part of this collaborative effort, all TPS partners are required to participate in the Partners with Purpose initiative and to follow the new 5-Step Protocol process.

That 5-Step Protocol ensures that students are receiving the highest quality support for their academic, social, physical, emotional and behavioral development. Below is a brief overview of the 5-Step Protocol:

1. Targeted Population — Programs must be clear about the qualifying characteristics of the population they serve. This should include age-range, gender, race, academic qualifiers, socio-economic factors, and/or any other features of the population that would be optimally served by the programming offered.

2. Treatment — Providers must be able to state clearly the components of their program, including academic intervention, mentoring, non-academic enrichment, wellness education, and/or any other program offering. A clear, consistent schedule of operations must be provided and it must outline the activities offered and the frequency and dosage of those different activities.

3. Outcomes — Programs must be able to state clearly the desired outcomes of their programming. For example, if a program focuses on wellness, including nutrition and physical activity, the anticipated outcome is healthier children as measured by obesity rates, instances of chronic illness, and fitness level growth from baseline. Outcomes must align with the treatment offered.

4. Measures — The stated outcomes must have relevant metrics that can be obtained consistently and easily. Each program should identify the best way of measuring outcomes, establish a baseline and determine the timeframe and method for collecting data on progress made.

5. Evaluation — Programs must regularly assess progress towards outcomes and draw conclusions about the efficacy of their programming. Necessary adjustments must be made to optimize the intervention provided. Programs should identify the outcomes and measures used to determine if all of the above components (targeted population, treatment, outcomes, measures, etc.) align.

The ultimate goal for the partners who have gone through the 5-step workshop series is to create a logic model and develop or hone the capacity to analyze and respond to student-level and organizational data.

Data of all partners is collected on a quarterly basis, including organizational level data and individual student progress along measures relevant to partner programming. Through Partners with Purpose, TPS and PIE are able to identify progress in student achievement impacted by out-of-classroom partners, as well as community-wide measures of involvement.

Written on April 16, 2015