Children in poverty often come from less-educated and involved parents, lack supervision, don't have equal learning experiences to their more affluent counterparts, and are more likely to drop out of high school or land in prison.
Today's post is based on a conversation between the Forum for Youth Investment and IDEA Public Schools' Chief Human Assets Officer Audrey Hooks. She describes IDEA's attempt to disseminate its guiding principles and knowledge, not just curriculum and materials.
Launching a new organization is never easy and there are many moving parts. In urban education, there are a lot of complex moving parts. Here are my greatest takeaways from the last nine months with Citizens Schools.
A culture that recognizes and harnesses the value and achievements of great teachers may go a long way in encouraging top teachers to stick with a city like Newark that needs them, while encouraging talented teachers elsewhere to come aboard.
With mounting pressures on schools today, the suggestion that teachers should also be preparing students to address our growing ecological crises might seem ridiculous at best. But what if doing so could boost student achievement?
The most commonly used word in education when it comes to parental involvement is partnership. Often the education world tries to reach out to parents to develop a "partnership" that falls short of its definition.
Let's get back to the core purpose of public education -- ensuring students have access to a great education that prepares them for lifelong learning and success -- and leave the pressure cooker for pot roasts.
The model for each student varies on their needs, and parents are encouraged to be active participants in their child's education. This program is determined to be the change in New York City. What's not to love?
Digital learning won't close the achievement gap, but it will lift the floor. More students will be more academically successful. Five years from now, a higher percentage of students will soon graduate from high school ready for college and careers.