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Webinar - Choice Neighborhoods: Placing School Improvements and Student Achievement at the Center of Neighborhood Revitalization

Choice Neighborhoods: Placing School Improvements and Student Achievement at the Center of Neighborhood Revitalization


Coalition for Community Schools staff worked with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and HUD to prepare a technical assistance brief on the education component of the Seattle Choice neighborhoods.  This exceptional work is an excellent example of how higher education institutions can work with schools and other partners like housing authorities to develop what the community schools movement calls university-assisted community schools.  The presenters are:


  • Kent Koth, Director, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Seattle University
  • John Forsyth, the Community Services Administrator, Seattle Housing Authority


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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Improving schools and the educational outcomes can be a key driver in creating desirable neighborhoods.  Recognizing this, the Seattle Choice Neighborhoods grantees prioritized educational improvement in a high-needs neighborhood school by collaborating with multiple partners, including Seattle University, the school district and nonprofit organizations.  As a result, positive educational outcomes are emerging for students in Yesler’s local elementary school.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be hosting a webinar that will draw on the experience of Seattle’s Choice Neighborhood to allow participants to better understand:

  • Why focusing on improving schools and bettering education outcomes is important for broader neighborhood revitalization
  • How creating services for children along a "cradle-to-career" pipeline can be useful in improving both education outcomes and neighborhood schools
  • Why the role of anchor institutions and education partnerships are an integral part of implementing educational improvement strategies successfullyniversity Youth Initiative



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