David Snyder

New Resources on Schools and Communities

Like reading about supporting the whole child and clicking links? You're in luck: today we're rounding up some of the latest additions to the site's extensive Resource Clearinghouse, with a common thread of community involvement. Whether the community is integrated tightly with the school or simply having an effect on kids' lives, it's clear that it takes more than school staff to meet the needs of the whole child. Be sure to check out these hot links:

  • Impact of Community and Youth Organizing on Public School Reform, from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, looks at organizing efforts by residents of seven urban communities across the country to improve their public schools. It aims to document the organizing campaigns and measure the impact on three critical indictors of education reform: district-level policy, school-level capacity, and student outcomes.
  • Realizing the Promise of Promise Neighborhoods, from the Bridgespan Group. The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to issue RFPs for planning grants to create Promise Neighborhoods in 20 of the country's poorest communities. This paper discusses the lessons learned from earlier models and how policymakers and community leaders can benefit from this opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
  • A Look at Community Schools, from the Center for American Progress, overviews community school strategies in the United States and how community schools can decrease poverty's detrimental effect on students. Using examples of community school initiatives, it highlights where research shows community schools have had the most success. It also reviews England's extended school model and suggests ways the United States can expand community schools based on England's experience.
  • The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, from the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows that youth development programs like 4-H play a special and vital role in the lives of America's young people. Among the findings, 8th graders who participated in 4-H programs at least twice per month scored higher on civic identity and engagement measures and had a greater ability to express opinions on community issues.

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