We work on a wide range of projects that are as unique as our clients' missions. Below are just a few examples of how we have walked alongside organizations to develop innovative, community-centered initiatives that genuinely make a difference in the lives of our most ignored communities.
"We knew we weren't getting the outcomes we wanted from our school support efforts, but we didn't know where to start to make a change. The CoSpero team was the most important ingredient in helping us build a successful collective impact model. The team's focus on community-centered design and an implementation strategy set the stage for us to deepen our impact across ZIP codes."
– Lindsay Willes, Director of Education Success
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Our team was able to broker new relationships with multiple providers to create a complete tapestry of supports that provides mental health services and after school programming for students, wellness and campus culture building experiences for staff, as well as workforce training and placement for parents. To leverage trust, create consistency and provide accountability, our team designed custom spaces, embedded on campus where partner providers deliver services.
CoSpero conducted a targeted community needs assessment, including interviews and focus groups. Combining this qualitative stakeholder feedback with trusted quantitative research, we designed a unique school-based community hub model that eliminates barriers to accessing critical support services for students, families and staff.
The United Way's Grow South Grow Strong initiative invests nearly $1.5 million in various efforts to support schools and families in South Dallas. The team wanted to take their impact to the next level by creating a comprehensive community support model.
"Across a variety of deliverables, CoSpero Consulting has always delivered results and been great to work with. Without CoSpero Consulting, we could not have achieved these outcomes as quickly or as effectively."
– John Hsu, Chief Program Officer
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Nearly 80% of attendees who attended Teach Week events reported a "greatly increased interest in teaching." Overall, the strategies implemented over three-months led to 250 unique prospects entering the education school candidate pool. The Alumni Ambassador model we designed continues to be leveraged as a unique and effective recruitment practice by the universities.
TeachDFW alongside regional partners Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas at Dallas was looking for innovative strategies to support the recruitment and conversion of applicants for their schools of education.
After understanding the needs and challenges, CoSpero developed a three-pronged strategy to increase applications from aspiring-educators. Alumni Ambassadors were an authentic and cost-effective way to generate new leads and increase application submissions. A first-of-its-kind series of campus events, Teach Week, was designed to garner the interest of currently enrolled students to consider the teaching profession. Finally, a "Community College Blitz" was undertaken to directly market the benefits of an education career to a pool of applicants who might not otherwise consider this degree field.
CoSpero helped us by designing a stakeholder centered feedback loop so we could focus on the big vision and execute a strategy based on authentic and real community need. Due to the research and recommendations of CoSpero, we can help equip and elevate the voice of a group of parents to create change for their children.”
– Patricia Arvanitis, CEO
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Clients were able to launch this innovative parent advocacy training and to-date have graduated two cohorts of parents.
Through a foundation-funded planning grant, CoSpero was able to be a neutral third-party facilitator in designing a long term joint program venture. We worked with the clients to create a scalable business plan, negotiate a MOU, and determine an evaluation plan. Additionally, our team conducted extensive program design research through multiple stakeholder focus groups and supported curriculum development.
The Concilio has a track record of developing leadership and parenting skills in the hispanic community. However, many of their program graduates expressed a desire for more training in how to advocate for systemic changes on campus, or in a school district. Leadership ISD equips community members to lead school systems transformation through policy and advocacy, but consistently found low numbers of hispanic parents applying for their fellowships. A formal collaboration between the two organizations had the potential to lift up the voices of a historically marginalized population in pursuit of excellent education for all.