PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some things make schools better—longer days, extended school years, good teachers and high expectations among them. A report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform looks at community organizing as a means of systemic education reform.
Many innovative reforms fail because of lack of trust, understanding, or cultural relevance to the community and the high turnover of reformers– superintendents, principals, or outside organizations in high-need schools and districts. Reforms also fail because they don’t address the extreme inequities in resources between poor communities and their luckier counterparts.READ MORE: WATCH: New Castle County Police, Neighbor Rescue Elderly Woman Trapped Under SUV
Community organizing for school reform has the potential to create equitable changes, develop innovative solutions that reflect the knowledge of underserved communities, and build the long-term social capital of those communities to support schools and districts and hold them accountable for improving achievement as well.READ MORE: Joel Embiid Scores 40 But Sixers Blow 24-Point Lead In Loss To Clippers
The executive summary cites networks at the city, regional, and national levels, and a directory of community organizations involved in New England education reform.
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Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio