Advocacy Grants Program
College Spark Washington adopted an Advocacy Grants Program to accelerate the adoption and implementation of policies and practices that ensure more low-income students become college-ready and earn their degrees. The program supports the communication and engagement efforts by key organizations and coalitions to connect with policymakers, practitioners, and the public about the importance of, and best practices to achieve, college readiness and success.
The goal of the Advocacy Grants Program is to support the alignment of Washington’s high school and postsecondary systems through implementation of the Common Core State Standards. With the state’s adoption of the Common Core in 2011 and plans for full implementation in the 2013-14 school year, developing systems that support implementation, including ensuring curricular and instructional resources and meaningful professional development are available, will lead to a policy that is well integrated, publicly supported, and sustainable.
State-level advocacy grants support key advocacy organizations and opportunities at the state-level that emphasize a college readiness agenda and strategies that build public awareness and engagement.
Local-level advocacy grants build the capacity of regional alliances to effectively advocate for policy improvement and implementation of best practices by identifying exemplary organizations and collaborations whose expertise as practitioners can be persuasive to policymakers, school and district leaders, parents and voters.