ERIC Number: EJ768210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: 3
Hope out of Poverty
Davenport, Roy F.; Tolbert, Marsha; Myers-Oliver, Donna; Brissett, Julia M.; Roland, Annissa J.
Principal Leadership, v7 n7 p36-39 Mar 2007
In "A Framework of Poverty," Ruby Payne (1998) itemizes the things that characterize poverty-stricken people. She talks about how hard it is for a person to move out of poverty. To not pass poverty on to another generation, one must have a vision. One must have a desire to achieve a better life or a strong support system. Schools must become the catalytic support system that transitions students from poverty to prosperity. Students attending the schools of the Hopkins Street corridor in Savannah, Georgia, have often heard stories of great leaders moving from rags to riches and looked in awe at their success, but somehow they never thought that they possessed the potential to climb out of their impoverished condition. Like most inner-city schools, Hodge Elementary School, DeRenne Middle School, and Beach High School did not have a culture that promoted transitional success from one school to the next. They had succumbed to Payne's characteristics of poverty. This article describes the Bridge Partnership for Excellence, a partnership which addresses the common culture of poverty of 10 schools. The bridge partnership began as a partnership among three schools--Hodge, DeRenne and Beach--to give their students a path to academic success and out of poverty. Its vision is to prepare students to be successful at the next level of schooling and, ultimately, in higher education, the military, the workforce, and community service. The partnership has three levels--a leadership team, a steering committee, and strategies committees--to coordinate efforts among the schools and in the community.
Descriptors: Vision, Academic Achievement, Poverty, Urban Schools, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Partnerships in Education, Transitional Programs, Success, Education Work Relationship, Instructional Leadership, Teamwork, Advisory Committees, Educational Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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