916: School and Community: A Challenging Partnership
February 1, 2, 3, 4
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Historically, schools have served as vital centers of American communities. As our society became more specialized, schools grew more isolated from the communities and the assets that communities can offer to support the education of our young people. This class will chronicle the ups and downs of the relationship of schools and their communities. It will focus in particular on the vision of the community school that emerged at the turn of the 20th century and is now key part of the effort to create schools that can help students learn and thrive. A thumbnail sketch of the governance structure of American public education will set the stage for the discussion of school and community relationships.
Class Format: Lecture and Discussion
Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session
Study Group Leader(s):
Martin Blank was the Founding Director of the Coalition for Community Schools and president of the Institute for Educational Leadership. A graduate of Columbia University and the Georgetown Law Center, Marty was a VISTA Volunteer in the Missouri Bootheel and senior staff at the nation's first African-American consulting firm.