EAST SIDE ALLIANCE
The East Side Alliance (ESA) consists of eight districts: East Side Union High School District and the seven elementary partner districts: Alum Rock Union School District, Berryessa Union School District, Evergreen Elementary School District, Franklin-McKinley School District, Mount Pleasant Elementary School District, Oak Grove School District, Orchard School District. With partnerships with San Jose State University and Evergreen Community College, we provide a Pre-K through 16 aligned system.
Through the East Side Alliance, SVEF offers:
Academic preparation, through our championing of A-G default curriculum and the Spartan East Side Promise.
School support, through our professional development for teachers and administrators.
Financial support, through our partnership with Excite Credit Union to provide savings accounts to college-going seniors.
students admitted to SJSU through SESP since 2016
"The Applied Materials Foundation is proud to support SVEF and the great collaborative work of the East Side Alliance and its impact in our community." ~ Siobhan Kenney, Executive Director at Applied Materials Foundation
- Kristi Porter Award
- Glenn Wl Hoffman Exemplary Program Award
- ACSA Region 8 Partners In Educational Excellence
- Certificate of Recognition from CA Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Karla
As a collective impact initiative, the ESA recognizes that the districts and partners involved are independent agencies agreeing to collaborate towards a common purpose, with agreed upon goals and strategic initiatives that support a collaboratively developed vision and mission. Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) serves as the backbone organization.
We prepare every student for a lifetime of success in Silicon Valley.
As an educational community, we share ideas, leverage resources and align practices.
Be THE California model for excellence and collaboration.
ESA’s Strategic Initiatives
Successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across districts
Support technology for students, including access to devices and web access from home
Leverage the collective impact of the ESA to increase resources and influence decision makers
Implement and support the Spartan East Side Promise to guarantee a college-going pathway
Close the achievement gap and accelerate African American and Latinx A-G rates
SPARTAN EAST SIDE PROMISE
A partnership between East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) and San Jose State University (SJSU), the Spartan East Side Promise offers guaranteed admission to qualified students from schools in the East Side Union High School District. It provides a pathway of admission to SJSU by clearly specifying admission requirements and actively sharing information and resources for academic success with students and their families. The Spartan East Side Promise does not require an application or extra effort from students. Rather, it will automatically be considered for any ESUHSD student applying to SJSU. The first cohort of Spartan East Side Promise students entered SJSU in the fall of 2017.
Students from ESUHSD enrolled at SJSU increased from 433 in the Fall of 2016 to 708 in the Fall of 2018. Of those 708 students, 254 were admitted specifically because of the Promise.
ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING
Presented by Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Assessment for Learning (AFL) Series in mathematics is a free series to educators that aims to highlight performance assessments in which students carry out tasks that require them to show evidence of their learning. Assessment for mathematical learning is more than a classroom practice. It is an interrelated set of practices, processes, and enabling conditions with the power to deepen students’ development of knowledge and skills, foster greater ownership and agency over learning, and create equitable classrooms, schools, and systems. Assessment items address key concepts drawn directly on curriculum content students are learning. Participants will conduct and score grade-level assessments using rubrics developed collaboratively by teachers. Evaluation of student work is calibrated to ensure consistency.
East Side Alliance (ESA) teachers are encouraged to attend all sessions and some of the scoring sessions. ESA teachers will receive a stipend for each session attended at the rate of $50 per hour.
ESA COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS
The East Side Alliance has 40 collaborative partners working across the eight alliance districts, in a variety of areas including: Advocacy, Direct Student Services, Funders, Higher Education, and Professional Development.