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An Emergent Approach to School-Community-Family Partnerships

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

The recent article on Strategic Philanthropy for A Complex World explored the idea of an "emergent approach to philanthropy." It evoked several thoug...

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

Mapping the Way Forward for the Student Support Movement

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

When will it all pay off? I believe we'll begin to see some return on investment almost immediately. Public awareness, for instance, tends to grow geometrically rather than arithmetically, so we could see relatively quick gains in local and national support.

3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

Opportunity for All Demands All of Us

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Contributors: Kwesi Rollins, Director, Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership and Reuben Jacobson, Senior Research Associate ...

The Experts Have Spoken: Integrated Student Supports Improve Educational Outcomes

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

There aren't many seminal moments in the field of education research, which often manages to be esoteric, expansive, parochial and contradictory, all ...

A War on Poverty, or on the Poor?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Despite herculean efforts by many Democrats, Congress has allowed unemployment assistance to expire for 1 million out-of-work Americans, and has thwarted efforts to raise the minimum wage and slashed food stamps. Rather than a war on poverty, it feels like a war on the poor.

Our Kids, Our Future

Jane Williams | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

In one of his last interviews before disappearing to write his next book, Robert Putnam spoke with Jane Williams on Bloomberg EDU about the growing gap in social mobility among U.S. children.

Can Bill de Blasio Implement a Broader, Bolder Approach to New York City Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

The question now is whether the city will be at the forefront of the growing momentum to advance a more comprehensive, community-led approach to educational improvement?

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

Community-Centered Schools: A Challenge and Opportunity for Teach For America

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

This is a guest post from my colleague Mary Kingston, Public Policy Manager of the Coalition for Community Schools and TFA Alumnae. There are few thi...

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.

Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

As we Race to the Top and offer states "flexibility" on NCLB, evidence continues to mount that our efforts to improve educational outcomes are focused on the wrong problem.

Early Learning Is Everyone's Business

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

As I travel across the country to talk with school and community leaders about the importance of community schools, part of the conversation is always...

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.

Organizing and Partnering for School Change in East Los Angeles

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the past several years, the efforts of a community organizing group, a dedicated group of teachers, an array of community partners, the students, and the parents converged to demand change in East LA-- and to make it a reality.

A School Reform Strategy That Works

Richard Buery | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Richard Buery

The education reform debate has been stuck for too long between competing advocates offering a set of false choices.

Where Will the Cameras Go After Newtown?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 12.20.2012 | Media
Norma Cook Everist

Will we as a nation continue to focus our attention on the epidemic of gun violence or has our addiction to violence grown so serious that we cannot even recognize it?

Lessons From Arne Duncan's Back-to-School Bus Tour

Martin J. Blank | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

As Secretary Arne Duncan travels the country on his Back-to-School bus tour, he has refocused his attention on the community schools strategy as a vehicle for implementing a Broader Bolder Approach to Education.

Some Kids Need More to Get the Same Result

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

I recently heard a story that explains why the community schools model -- a reform approach I've been touting for about twenty years now -- is so effective at helping children succeed in the classroom.

Bold Leaders for Our Public Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Richard Carranza, Jan Christensen and John Porter are just a few of the many bold superintendents who are changing children's lives by bringing together the entire community to help their student succeed.

Joy Resmovits

Chasm In The Classroom: Inside The Battle To Close The Achievement Gap

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.29.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Ana Enriquez, 17, did her homework in a rat-infested South Bronx apartment, where she shared a bed with her mother and lived with five ot...

Education Reform and the Paralysis of Analysis

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Joi Ruth Orr

We most unfortunately live in a nation full of potential advocates and influencers who suffer from a "paralysis of analysis".

All Hands on Deck for Community Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.10.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

At a time when some education reformers argue that only high test scores matter, the rise of the community school movement offers a crucial counterpoint.