CATHOLIC SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE

aka CSC   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.csclosangeles.org

Mission

We create and support the conditions necessary that enable healthy school environments to take root and thrive in low income under-resourced Los Angeles Catholic Schools. We do this in our role as an architect of impactful partnerships: developing, bundling and managing multi-school initiatives, expert partnerships and multi-funder support. We focus on four foundational pillars that determine the vitality of schools: Operational Capacity, Academic Excellence, Socio-emotional Student Supports, and Parent/Family/Community Engagement.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms Ellen P. Holton

Main address

312 E. 1st Street Suite 242

Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

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EIN

46-2857504

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To create the conditions for sustainable Catholic schools to take root, grow continuously and thrive as a result of a comprehensive Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Approach.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CSC Project SIMPLE

The CSC’s SIMPLE Approach (Site Infused Model for Personalized Learning Environments)
closes the opportunity gap and levels the playing field for underserved communities through a
unique, coordinated approach that provides a comprehensive framework for systemic schoolwide
infusion and implementation of: STEM foundational supports rooted in Socio-Emotional
Learning (SEL); STEM professional learning experiences, coaching, and instructional leadership
supports for educators and administrators; STEM curriculum and programs that are rigorous,
student-centered, engaging and which enhance the students’ classroom experiences; and
STEM literacy workshops to connect, engage and inform parents and families

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

CSC Project SIMPLE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CSC Project SIMPLE

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of multi-year contracts received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

CSC Project SIMPLE

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

CSC Project SIMPLE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To create the conditions for sustainable Catholic schools to take
root, grow continuously and thrive as a result of a comprehensive
Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Approach.

We provide a Site Infused Model for Personalized Learning Environments (SIMPLE) that
focuses on the development of the Whole Child. We bring resources, curriculum, programs
and training to schools, so that educators can infuse classrooms with targeted supports for
students and multiple opportunities to develop pro-social skills.

Based on the findings of the Consortium on Chicago School Research's study Key Conditions: Five Organizational Supports Crucial for School Improvement and research on inner-city education around the country, our experience managing multi-school programs, the expert input of partners and consultants, and the educational experience of our own staff, we launched our innovative model to build urban Catholic TK-8 schools into thriving communities of rigorous learning and social support. This holistic, whole school strategy is designed to meet and support schools 'where they are' to help them build and transform their cultures for long-term sustainability and vitality. We meet schools at their everyday realities with services to build up operational vitality, academic excellence, socio-emotional supports and parent engagement for transformation across school communities. We believe our SIMPLE Approach will lead to sustainable change such that each school achieves the excellence required of all Catholic schools. Anchored in school agency and buy-in, the CSC SIMPLE Approach:
1)Provides for significant change in school culture and instructional programs in the areas of curriculum integration through STEM and other innovative instructional models.
2)Supports increased student ownership, engagement and success through blended learning and project-based learning.
3)Enhances safe, stable and personalized learning environments through socio-emotional supports and a blended STEM pedagogical learning model.
4)Activates parent, family and community engagement in the education development and growth of students.
The CSC's supports for schools and the students they serve will manifest within school philosophies, beliefs, attitudes and school organization, links with parents, the community and outside agencies, classroom practice, teacher-student relationships and curricula.The programs managed by the CSC are organized into the following four categories: Operational Vitality, Academic Excellence, Student Socio-Emotional Supports, and Parent/Family/Community Engagement. We integrate all programs offered at each partner school toward these objectives: distributed leadership for a culture of collaboration, socio-emotional learning such that each school displays a foundational ethic of whole-child care to facilitate learning, informed and effective use of technology as a tool for innovative, student-centered learning, and pedagogy that fosters inquiry, rigor, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity to support the next generation of learners.

We deliver a SIMPLE Approach that offers all children,
especially those in extreme adversity, quality education
opportunities.
• Caring, supportive learning environments that provide
character, virtue and value focused curriculum tied to
service-learning projects.
• Service-learning projects tied to parent, family
community engagement.
• Opportunities to practice pro-social skills and
restorative practices embedded in a responsive
school culture and available multiple times during
the school day.
• Climate Surveys administered to gauge Whole Child,
Whole School, Whole Community experiences.

We envision students who are compassionate, happy
and engaged; a positive school climate without
suspensions or high absenteeism; parents and families
who are engaged in their children’s learning; teachers
who are more fulfilled and therefore are retained longer;
and a school community that is thriving.
We see education as more than just a test or a way to
increase buying power; instead, our SIMPLE Approach
to education becomes a way to strengthen the hope,
empathy and resilience of students, their families and
their communities.

We currently facilitate and manage the following programs for various groups of schools around Los Angeles: Leadership &
Management Development for Principals (Santa Clara University);Financial Literacy Workshops for Principals (Santa Clara University);Innovative Pedagogy Professional Development for
Teachers (Loyola Marymount University – LMU); STEM Professional Learning Communities (Notre Dame University-Center for STEM Education); STEM/NGSS Pedagogy Professional
Development for Teachers (Torrance Unified Consultants); Project Lead the Way – Robotics, Design Modeling; STEMscopes – Rice University; Blended Learning Basics & Tech Integration
Professional Development for Teachers (LMU, School of Education, iDEAL Institute); Project Based Learning Professional Development for Teachers (Envision Learning Partners); Socio
Emotional Learning Professional Development for Teachers (Santa Clara University); Maestro En Casa ELL Course for Parent Empowerment (MATT 4 Education); STEM Nights for Parent
Information & Involvement (Wiseburn Consultant); Tutoring & Afterschool Programming (USC Caruso Center); Coding Classes Grades 1-8 (CodeREV Kids, Inc.); Early Childhood
Literacy Program (California State Northridge University-CSUN); Student Mental Health & Wellness Program (California State Northridge University-CSUN)We currently facilitate and manage the following programs for various groups of schools around Los Angeles: Leadership & Management Development for Principals (Santa Clara University); Financial Literacy Workshops for Principals (Santa Clara University); Innovative Pedagogy Professional Development for Teachers (Loyola Marymount University – LMU); STEM Professional Learning Communities (Notre Dame University-Center for STEM Education); STEM/NGSS Pedagogy Professional Development for Teachers (Torrance Unified Consultants); Project Lead the Way – Robotics,Design Modeling; STEMscopes – Rice University; Blended Learning Basics & Tech Integration Professional Development for Teachers (LMU, School of Education, iDEAL Institute); Project Based Learning Professional Development for Teachers (Envision Learning Partners); Socio-Emotional Learning Professional Development for Teachers (Santa Clara University); Maestro En Casa ELL Course for Parent Empowerment (MATT 4 Education); STEM Nights for Parent Information & Involvement (Wiseburn Consultant); Tutoring & Afterschool Programming
(USC Caruso Center); Coding Classes Grades 1-8 (CodeREV Kids, Inc.); Early Childhood Literacy Program (California State Northridge University-CSUN); Student Mental Health & Wellness Program,
in development (California State Northridge University-CSUN)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bruce Willison

Michael Feeley

Latham & Watkins, LLP

Carrie Tilton

Susan Moley

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/02/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.