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ERIC Number: ED536871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 96
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Engaging Cities: How Municipal Leaders Can Mobilize Communities to Improve Public Schools
Grady, Michael; Rothman, Robert; Smith, Hal
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (NJ1)
More than at any time in our nation's history, mayors are playing an active role in mobilizing these local community and civic interests to act collectively on behalf of children and youth. These leaders see a vital link between their cities' capacity to prepare young people for successful adulthood and long-term civic vitality. More than any other single leader or organization, mayors can bring together these sometimes competing groups to engage and mobilize around a compelling common interest--the future of the city's children. This report looks at five cities where mayors are responding to the challenge of improving local public schools by seeking new and more effective ways to engage key segments of their communities. The stories of Denver, Akron, Long Beach, Nashville, and New York help the authors identify and describe practical, high-yield engagement strategies and solutions mayors are using and resources they have found or created. In many instances, these mayors are making a difference without the aid of much formal authority over the school system's budget, personnel, or school board. A list of resources is included. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families