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‘The Prize,’ by Dale Russakoff

Dale Russakoff’s “The Prize” tracks the efforts of Mark Zuckerberg, then mayor of Newark Cory Booker, and Gov. Chris Christie to reform education in New Jersey. Ultimately, this partnership failed due to the “unwillingness of the reformers to include parents and teachers in shaping the reforms.” But Zuckerberg has learned his lesson – his next reform venture in the Bay Area will include the community in the planning process and offer students “a web of support.” Read More >

The alarming effect of racial mismatch on teacher expectations

A recent study has found that non-black teachers’ expectations for the educational attainment of black students is significantly lower than the expectations that black teachers have for the same students. This is an important finding as teachers’ expectations often shape the expectations held by students. Read More >

Cincinnati, OH: If students re-imagined school, this is what it could look like.

At a career camp hosted by KnowledgeWorks and INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, 20 high school students created designs for educational systems centered on 21st-century learning. Their ideas included having community-wide learning opportunities, incorporating different learning styles, and putting students in charge of their own learning. Read More >

Decatur, IN: Decatur Township finds support from community center, school partnerships

As a small district, the Decatur Township does not experience the center-city problems that large philanthropic organizations focus on. Decatur has therefore adopted the community schools strategy to provide students with wraparound services by leveraging the existing resources in the community. This strategy has had great results in Decatur and nearby communities. Read More >

Toronto, CA: Help turn empty schools into community hubs

Premier Kathleen Wynne has voiced support for the recommendations made by an advisory group on how to transform schools at risk of closing because of declining enrollment into community hubs. Municipalities and school boards would work together to create shared facilities where residents can access educational, cultural, and recreational services. Read More >

Hartford, CT: Improve Education, Make Streets Safe, Grow Middle-Class Jobs

Pedro Segarra has made a list of ways that he would make Hartford better if reelected as mayor. His top priority: continuing to improve education through the community schools strategy. This would further reduce the achievement gap and help children reach their full potential. Read More >

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

Neighborhood Centers takes a bottom-up approach to community development in Houston. This nonprofit enables members of the community to improve their neighborhoods by allowing them to decide what their needs are and providing the tools to enact change. The work of Neighborhood Centers in Houston proves that community involvement is the key to lasting development. Read More >

Nashville, TN: Barry Reaches Out to Freeman Supporters With Letter on ‘Community Schools’

Now that Bill Freeman, who endorsed the community schools approach, is out of the Nashville mayoral race, candidate Megan Barry has released an open letter voicing her support for community schools. In the letter, Barry sites information released by the Coalition on the benefits of this approach and states that she would work to improve the community schools initiative as mayor. Read More >

Chicago, IL: Marquette Elementary: A School, a Community Organization and a Health Care Provider Steer a New, Better Course

After years of being classified as failing, Marquette Elementary School, one of Chicago’s largest public elementary schools, was designated as a turnaround school in 2012. The teachers and staff were required to resign and the school came under entirely new management. Marquette’s partnership with the Southwest Organizing Project was essential to easing this transition, maintaining the school-based health clinic, and bringing energy and optimism to the school. Read More >

Ontario, CA: Closed Ontario schools may be transformed into ‘community hubs’

Karen Pitre, head of an advisory group on how to ease the way for community hubs, has proposed a system in which an Ontario school at risk of closure would not be required to be sold at fair market value if it is deemed to be in the public interest. The various uses of schools, such as daycares and clinics, could also be recognized under the new system, which would change how the school is valued. Read More >

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