The committee process is what sets Alignment Jackson apart from other similar collaborative initiatives. This process, depicted below, ensures that all committee work is thoroughly planned, engages a diverse group of stakeholders representing public schools and community organizations, and is sufficiently evaluated before becoming institutionalized. Below is a review of each of the stages of the committee process.
1. All committees adhere to the defined committee process and structure.
2. All Committees design pilot projects based on specific, measurable outcomes.
3. All viewpoints are heard and valued.
4. The committee process is collaborative.
5. Committee outcomes must align community resources behind MNPS/children's health goals (resources are
defined as personnel, programs expertise, money, materials, space, and technology).
6. Committees do not determine WHAT to accomplish; instead, committees determine HOW to accomplish
what MNPS has determined is needed through its strategic planning process.
7. The committee process must engage community organizations (non-profits, business, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, students and families, and faith-based organizations).
8. Committee pilot projects are designed based on data and community research.
9. Participation in committee pilot projects is determined solely by the committee.
10. Agendas of individuals and organizations are left at the door.
11. Committees are accountable to the Operating Board.
Alignment Jackson is all about bringing the best thinking in the community to bear on issues that affect the overall wellness of Jackson's children. To that end, AJ is made up of committees structured around either grade levels or health issues. The members of the committees bring diverse perspectives — small non-profit, public school, city government, public health, higher education, large non-profit, and the business community — to create the most aligned, strategic tactical plans to achieve very ambitious goals.
Committee members are selected by the Chairpersons of the committee based on their expertise in particular areas relevant to the committee's mission and vision. Members are not chosen to represent their organizational interests – they are chosen for their community perspective.
Collaboration is critical to the success of Alignment Jackson. We hope you will offer your expertise and join us in this effort to ensure the success of our children. For more information on how to participate, please call
601.965.1353 or email Anthony Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org