In Spring of 2011, Austin Voices began working with Eastside Memorial High School to facilitate community and parent engagement, as well as strategic planning. In 2013, that work expanded to the whole vertical team of schools.
Efforts have included:
- In the winter of 2013, AVEY facilitated the community meetings that led to the selection of Talent Development Secondary/Johns Hopkins University to work with Eastside Memorial as an academic partner over the next three years.
- In 2014, AVEY facilitated nine months of community planning to repurpose the Allan Elementary facility into an Early Childhood Center and STEM Resource Center for the community.
- In 2013, AVEY started the Eastside Memorial Community School Alliance, a monthly meeting of community partners who meet to learn about and support Eastside Memorial.
- In 2012, AVEY collaborated with the Texas Blazers and Talent Development Secondary to found the Ambassadors Leadership Team at Eastside Memorial. Ambassadors speak at community meetings, do action research and sponsor community service projects.
- In 2014, AVEY worked with the faculty at Martin Middle School to plan the new Innovation Academy. Beginning in Fall 2015, the Innovation Academy began with a cohort of 25 sixth graders, engaged in project-based learning, centered on creativity in the science, technology and the arts.
- Since 2013, AVEY has begun three annual community festivals for the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team: Harvest Fest in the Fall, STEM Fest and the EMVT Arts Festival in the Spring. Vertical team festivals have brought together thousands of school and community members to celebrate the work of the EMVT schools.
Eastside Community Guide
Austin Voices has produced a model community/school guide for the Eastside Memorial Vertical Team of schools. The guide includes history and information about the 11 neighborhoods that feed EMVT schools, a profile of each school, and lists/maps of local community resources and businesses.
To obtain a printed copy of the guide, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Eastside Vertical Team Events:
For other upcoming events/meetings, please click here to see the AVEY calendar.