A Developmental Framework for School-Community Partnerships

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Close connections between schools and their communities reflect maxims such as ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and are a centerpiece of the neighborhood schools movement. The public debate and consternation about school closings and/or reorganizations are clear indications of how we value school-community relationships. Although school-community partnerships are inarguably ‘a good thing,’ [...]

Measuring Supportive School Relationships to Foster Student Achievement

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Careful consideration of institutional and school-level data is an important tool to foster student success and to develop targeted services that reduce achievement gaps and/or help struggling schools identify domains in need of targeted intervention. While ‘hard data’ such as these are vital components of school success and data-driven decision-making, consideration of ‘hard data’ shouldn’t [...]

Behind the Numbers of ‘The Haves & The Have-Nots’

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In the wake of the economic downturn, the adage that ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ and the general idea of the ‘haves and the have-nots’ have been highlighted for many people. In recent years, the notion of the ‘1%’ and the Occupy Wall Street movement suggest increasing public attention to economic [...]

Social Justice, Title I, and Achievement

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Nearly everyone would agree that ‘social justice’ is a good thing, but what social justice is – and how we achieve a socially just society – has less agreement. For many people, social justice means the equal distribution of resources and opportunities to all people within a society. This aligns with American ideals of a [...]