As most readers know, Rahm Emanuel is favored to become the next Mayor of Chicago, where there is mayoral control of public schools. In his response to the question “Please explain how you would encourage more parental involvement in the public schools. Do you support tying parental involvement to school funding or what schools should [...]
I’ve written a lot about the Harlem Children’s Zone – both on it’s positives and on some of my concerns. The New York Times has just published an extensive article headlined “Lauded Harlem Schools Have Their Own Problems.” It seems pretty balanced. It doesn’t mention the parent engagement issues that I’ve been concerned about, but, [...]
The Washington Post just ran a column about a new book several education researchers have written severely criticizing the research base of President Obama’s “Blueprint For Reform,” his successor to No Child Left Behind. Here’s a quote from that column: For example, it says, “Family involvement is crucial to education, but the evidence for a [...]
Yesterday, the Department of Education announced that 21 nonprofit organizations and universities will receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. These are designed to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. You can read more about them in these places: The Hechinger Ed blog has a good summary and analysis. Here’s the Department of Ed’s official announcement And here’s [...]
The House of Representatives is now considering a bill to reduce spending for the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative by seventy percent, according to the Hechinger Report. Promise Neighborhoods is the name given to the effort to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. Boy, it’s sure been in the news over the past 36 hours.
Since yesterday, in response to the critical Brookings Institution report, more and more fascinating info has been written on the Harlem Children’s Zone: You can read Geoffrey Canada’s point by point response… Alexander Russo also has a very, very interesting guest post today on the topic.
I’ve written a lot about the Harlem Children’s Zone, including applause for its great work and some concerns, too. The release this week of a Brookings Institute report on the HCZ has prompted some interesting discussion in the the educational blogosphere. Check-out: The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews’ Rare attack on Harlem Children’s Zone. Alexander Russo’s [...]
I’ve written a lot about the Harlem Children’s Zone and the federal effort to replicate them (called Promise Neighborhoods). I’ve just learned about a project that has been set-up to support future replication efforts called The Promise Neighborhoods Institute. They also have a blog worth checking-out.
The deadline is approaching — this coming Monday — for applications to become one of the Obama Administration’s “Promise Neighborhoods” to “replicate” the Harlem Children’s Zone. National Public Radio has just finished a two-part series on the prospects for these efforts: Up For Grabs: $10M For Groups Reaching Kids Lessons From Harlem Take Root In [...]
I recently posted about the Request for Proposals published by the Department of Education for replicating the Harlem Children’s Zone. GOOD Magazine just published a very good overview, including potential issues (and even an infographic) on this topic. There is a possibility of Sacramento pursuing this possibility and, if that happens, I’m hopeful that the [...]
The Department of Education announced the opening of the Promise Neighborhoods competition today. This is a $10 million effort to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone in twenty other communities. As I’ve written before, I think the HCZ does great work, though I have questions about how they may relate to parents and local institutions. I [...]
Claus von Zastrow has written a very intriguing post over at Public School Insights called Getting Students Ready by 21. It’s about an organization named Ready by 21. In many ways, it’s similar to the Harlem Children’s Zone. I’ve posted about the Harlem Children’s Zone several times here and like its work. The work of [...]
You can see the full 60 Minutes segment on the Harlem Children’s Zone that appeared tonight here. 60 Minutes has a lot of extra features on the HCZ here. Nothing I saw lessened my concerns or answered my questions about the HCZ’s viewing parents more as clients than partners, or about their lack of partnership [...]
I’ve been doing a lot of work this year on building parent engagement in schools, including having a book published (Building Parent Engagement In Schools) and starting a new blog called Engaging Parents In School. Plus, I continuing to do the usual work at our school of actually engaging parents, too! I thought readers of [...]
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Education Secretary Duncan spoke at a conference yesterday designed to support the creation of more “community schools” in the United States. Typically, community schools are ones that host multiple social services, as well as regular school classes. A report on community schools was released at the conference. The [...]
The Harlem Children’s Zone has announced that they’re hosting a national conference with a “with a focus on how to transform their communities by replicating the innovative HCZ model.” It will be taking place in November. I’ve posted in the past about how much I like the HCZ, and also shared some questions/concerns about their [...]
Whatever It Takes is the title of a recent book about the Harlem Children’s Zone (you can see my thoughts and questions about the Zone here). I just learned that its author, Paul Tough, has a blog that supports the book and provides updates on the Zone (and its proposed national expansion). One of the [...]