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Report: Community Organizing and Education Reform

Credit the Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest for flagging this report, released last month:

According to new research synthesized by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, community organizing can offer a much-needed and often-ignored component to education reform efforts and can help ensure long-term sustainability of school and district improvement.


ED Briefing: FY 2012 Budget Request

The president's budget will be released Monday morning, February 14. For those who are interested, the following briefing is open. The text is from the Department of Education:

The U.S. Department of Education will hold a briefing on the President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request Monday, February 14, starting at 12:00 noon in the Department Auditorium (400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20202).  Reservations are not required.

For security purposes, attendees are reminded to bring a photo ID and a business card.  As in previous years, attendees are requested to enter the Department on the C Street side of the building (across from the McDonald’s), go through the magnetometers, and display their photo ID to the guards.  However, instead of signing-in at the Front Desk, attendees will be directed to the auditorium's rear doors, where they will be asked to submit a business card OR record their name, organization, and contact information on a sign-in sheet.  At this point, the budget book and briefing materials will be distributed.

(Note: As many of you know, laptops are carefully screened by the security staff.  For your convenience, if you will be carrying a laptop, please reply to this message by 12:00 noon Friday (February 11) with the laptop's make, model, and serial number.  We will pass that information onto the Front Desk.  This will smooth your transition into the building, since anyone with a laptop will need to check-in at the Front Desk before proceeding to the sign-in station.)

If you are unable to attend in person, we will, for the first time, be live streaming the briefing.  Beginning that morning, anyone wishing to listen to the briefing’s proceedings can go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.  No registration is required, although an online RSVP is appreciated.

We hope you can join us (either in person or online) on Monday!

The Communications and Outreach Team


Webinar: Youth Engagement in Community Schools

From our friends at the Coalition for Community Schools:

Youth Engagement in Community Schools: Promising Practices from the National Beacons Initiative

Join us for a webinar on
Thursday, February 24th at 1pm (EST)

The Beacons are a community school model that spans four cities and serves over 200,000 youth and adults annually. The strong emphasis on youth engagement as key for youth and community development is the foundation for many common, national strategies. Such strategies include youth leadership and employment programs, intergenerational and inter-cultural community building and social group work. This webinar will focus on the ways in which youth are engaged as partners with adults in Beacons to improve themselves, programs and communities. Intermediaries, direct service staff and young people from Beacon initiatives in New York City, Minneapolis and San Francisco will share promising practices derived from their work.

Featured work includes strategies used by San Francisco’s OMI/Excelsior Beacon staff, young people and community members who have developed a first responder team to prevent tensions between youth groups in the neighborhood from erupting into larger problems. Minneapolis Beacons Initiative will share their approach to adult-youth partnerships from the site level to the initiative level. There will be time for discussion, so please come with questions!


• Matt Kjorstad, Minneapolis Beacons Initiative

• Will Corpuz, San Francisco Beacons Initiative

• Sarah Zeller-Berkman,Youth Development Institute

Space is limited – reserve your spot and REGISTER by Tuesday, February 22nd @ 5pm EST and share this announcement with colleagues and networks! You will receive participation instructions after you have registered. There is no fee to participate, but due to capacity restrictions, please limit registrations to one per organization.

Coalition for Community Schools Team


Webinar: Data and Comprehensive Learning Systems

From our friends at nFocus and the American Youth Policy Forum.

Using Data to Align Resources to Create a Comprehensive Learning System

This webinar will focus on how outcome management systems support city and district efforts to build a system of comprehensive services to ensure all students are on track to graduate. Presentations will include findings from Volume II of the recent Wallace Foundation commissioned report Hours of Opportunity: The Power of Data to Improve After-School Systems Citywide and descriptions from both Boston, MA, and Jefferson County, KY, two communities that have built an information management system to support the development and sustainability of a comprehensive learning system for all students. These systems successfully align the resources of both the school district and community providers to support high quality educational opportunities both during school hours and beyond. Space is limited.

Presenters will include:

  • Daphne Griffin, Chief of Human Services/Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
  • Mary Kate Poling, Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Metro United Way (Jefferson County, KY)
  • Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Moderated by: Ben Aiken, Program Associate, American Youth Policy Forum

Title: Using Data to Align Resources to Create a Comprehensive Learning System
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
To Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/933051152

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. This webinar is made possible through a partnership with nFocus Software and support from the W.T. Grant Foundation.


Webinar: Community Engagement in Education

Another great neighborhood-related webinar featuring one of the 21 Promise Neighborhoods grantees, among others:

The U.S. Department of Education and its partners United Way Worldwide, National PTA, SEDL, and Harvard Family Research Project invite you to participate in the fifth installment of this webinar series:

Building Strategic Partnerships to Foster Community Engagement in Education

Strategic community partnerships are a key component of systemic family, school, and community engagement in education. These partnerships draw on the strengths of community groups as they surround students with an array of supports to enhance learning and prepare them for the 21st century. Strategic partnerships also create a culture of communication with each other and with families and schools to ensure the services they provide meet the needs of their communities.

This webinar will examine practical examples of how to build successful strategic partnerships that foster community engagement, including how to select the organizations, people, and services to be included; how to structure communications to ensure ongoing collaboration; and how to build connections with families and schools.

We will hear from a Promise Neighborhood grantee about the program’s vision and how it is forming partnerships to support students from birth through college and career preparation, from The Children’s Aid Society about why the community school model promotes strong families and successful students, and from the United Way of Lake County, Illinois about a community engagement planning process to ensure on-time high school graduation. The U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will also speak about what the initiative is doing to sponsor deliberate and ongoing partnerships.

Featured speakers include:

• Moderator: Lindsay Torrico, Manager, Public Policy, United Way Worldwide

• Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education

• Jane Quinn, Director, National Center for Community Schools, The Children’s Aid Society

• Irasema Salcido, Founder, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Promise Neighborhood Grantee

• Helen Westmoreland, Director of Program Quality, Flamboyan Foundation

• Michelle Mittler Crombie, Vice President of Community Development, United Way of Lake County, Illinois

When: February 9, 2011, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EST)
To Register: http://www.nationalpirc.org/engagement_webinars/register.html



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