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Capers, Natasha; Shah, Shital C. – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In this article, Shital Shah, who supports community schools as assistant director for educational issues at the American Federation of Teachers, and Natasha Capers, a coordinator for the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), a parent-led collaborative of unions and community organizations, discuss the community schools movement…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Equal Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education
McAfee, Michael; Torre, Mauricio – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In this article, Michael McAfee and Mauricio Torre reflect on the successes and challenges of the Promise Neighborhoods movement as it works toward education equity, and on what it takes to effect large-scale, sustainable change for low-income communities and communities of color. Together they discuss the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood project…
Descriptors: Neighborhood Improvement, Success, Programs, Equal Education
Lopez, Janet; Rivera, Peter – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Foundations across the country engage in grantmaking to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gaps in K-12 public schools. Many of the strategies and investments that funders have supported in recent years focus not only on "more time" but also on "better use of time" in schools. This better use of time centers on outcomes…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time Perspective, Enrichment Activities, Time Management
Clark-Kasimu, Nakachi – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Unrest, crime, and poverty in Central America and other parts of the world have led to periodic migrations of unaccompanied children and young refugees into the United States. These children then enroll in U.S. schools--public education for all children, including undocumented children, is a right guaranteed by the 1982 "Plyler v. Doe"…
Descriptors: Refugees, School Community Programs, Tutoring, Partnerships in Education
Rivera, Jessica; Donovan-Pendzic, Esperanza; Marion, Mary Jo – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
The English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Camp in Worcester, Massachusetts--an intensive six-week program that served middle school and high school students from Worcester Public Schools (WPS)--was the product of a five-way partnership that included the school district, higher education institutions (Latino Education Institute [LEI] at Worcester…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, School Community Programs, Enrichment Activities
Valenzuela, Angela; Zamora, Emilio; Rubio, Brenda – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
English learners are best supported when they receive culturally relevant content-area instruction in their first language. Numerous studies (e.g., Lindholm-Leary 2001) support this approach, and bilingual and dual language teachers in the community of Austin, Texas, have called for curricular resources. In response, a group of researchers,…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Culturally Relevant Education, Mexican American Education, United States History
López, Ruth M. – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Community partnerships allow schools and districts to empower and engage a broad range of English learners and their families in culturally responsive ways to support student learning and socio-emotional development. This article serves as an introduction to this issue of "Voices in Urban Education." This issue focuses on out-of-school…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Enrichment Activities
Varady, Ashley – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In San Francisco, a partnership between a K-8 school and a non-profit writing program helps students who are achieving below grade level find their voices and blossom into confident thinkers and writers. 826 Valencia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Writing Skills, Empowerment, Imagination
Gooden, Amy Cournoyer; Chase, Kelly – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Educational partnerships between urban school districts and institutions of higher education provide a powerful means for enhancing student achievement and cultivating college-going cultures. This article describes how Boston University and the Malden, Massachusetts, school district worked with the community to support English learners and develop…
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Curriculum Enrichment, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
Tran, Dahvy; Hodgson, Barbara Roberts – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Through family engagement and expanded learning time, a partnership between the public school district and a community organization in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves the social and academic needs of refugee youth and other English learners and their families. The success of the partnership's Celebration of Learning--the culminating event at the…
Descriptors: Refugees, Immigrants, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
Chatterjee, Oona – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
The election of Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2013 was a historic moment for proponents of student-centered, equity-driven public education. During the campaign, de Blasio ran on an agenda of ending New York City's "Tale of Two Cities" and elevated a comprehensive vision for improving the city's more than 1,800 public schools as a…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Organizations, Community Coordination
Easton, Billy – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, represents a dramatic shift from his predecessor Michael Bloomberg in the area of education. Bloomberg was a national trendsetter on market reforms focused on privatization, testing, and competition. De Blasio was elected on an agenda of classroom investments, student supports, parent and community…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Metropolitan Areas, Strategic Planning
Guevara, Fiorella – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
A change in political leadership typically signals a growth in organizing campaigns to find and endorse the candidate with ideas most similar to their own. However, what if instead of focusing on finding the best candidate, organizing groups decided to focus on the conversation? How would you then use an election to engage the members of the…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Change Strategies
Weinberg, Phil; Sweet, Kim; Israel, Doug; Sullivan-Yuknis, Liz – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
During the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the coalition A+ NYC--made up of community organizers, social service and advocacy groups, and other citywide and statewide groups--set out to ground the education conversation in research and proven practices. In a campaign called PS 2013, A+ NYC brought together education experts and practitioners as…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Stakeholders, Expertise
Vinocur, Julian – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
For nearly a decade, New York City education groups organizing to improve education under Bloomberg could regularly be found protesting on the steps of City Hall. Before the 2013 mayoral race, a typical education protest would--at its best--earn media coverage from a couple of outlets. The fact that parents, students, and teachers rally for more…
Descriptors: Debate, Mass Media Use, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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