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Realizing the Promise of Promise Neighborhoods

The Bridgespan Group, 2009. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

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.

Partners in Prevention: The Role of School-Community Partnerships in Dropout Prevention

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), 2009. (PDF, 7 pgs.)

In a study of the current dropout crisis, a NASBE study group shares how school-community partnerships can work as a critical strategy within a systemic, comprehensive model to combat the crisis. The report contains state and local examples of effective programs and policies that support school-community partnerships and dropout prevention, as well as guiding questions and numerous resources for policymakers as they grapple with these issues.

Organized Communities, Stronger Schools: A Preview of Research Findings

Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, 2008. (PDF, 33 pgs.)

Read a preview of findings from a six-year study that shows the positive impact of effective community organizing on education reform in seven urban communities. The study demonstrates that community organizing contributes to an improved learning environment and improved educational outcomes for students and stimulates important changes in policy, practices, and resource distribution that expand equity and capacity at the system level, especially in historically underserved communities.

A Look at Community Schools

Center for American Progress, 2009. (PDF, 28 pgs.)

This report provides an overview of 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 suggest how the United States can expand community schools based on England's experience.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.