In the 5 minute TED-style presentation above, Confianza Director/CEO Sarah Ottow explains the need for schools to commit system-wide to equity, language and literacy as part of 2018 Harvard Graduate School of Education's English Learner Summit:
At its core, confianza is a cultural concept meaning mutual respect and trust. Respect changes the status quo and communities are built on trust. Confianza manifests this concept in building strong relationships and understanding your exact needs to create an effective plan from the classroom to the board room. Together what we accomplish is limitless.
Confianza envisions an educational and organizational landscape where all leaders and educators are prepared to provide access and opportunity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners through an equity mindset and practices for language and literacy across the entire system.
Confianza's mission is to increase outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse individuals through improved cultural understanding, communication and collaboration within schools and organizations.
Our Theory of Change
We promote an inquiry-based approach when we collaborate with schools and organizations to identify opportunities through a needs-specific professional learning. This allows mindsets and practices improve, leading to increased achievement, opportunity and equity for students.
Thank you to Dr. Candace Bocala and Harvard Graduate School of Education's "Learning from Practice: Evaluation and Improvement Science" and her graduate students for support with Confianza's Theory of Change.