ERIC Number: EJ756947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Connecting with Communities: Four Successful Schools
Simons, Kate Anderson; Curtis, Patrick A.
Young Children, v62 n2 p12-20 Mar 2007
The average public school serving children who are economically disadvantaged cannot afford to provide the above-average education that many of these children need to achieve at the same levels as their more advantaged peers. It becomes necessary for schools to ask, "Who else has the resources to help children succeed?" Because of these challenges facing children and public schools, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) launched Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) in 2001 to connect communities, families, schools, and early care and education providers to get children ready for school and schools ready for children. As part of SPARK's efforts, its Initiative Level Evaluation (ILE) Team visited four "ready schools" to learn why and how these schools succeed in meeting the unique needs of children from families with low incomes and minority groups. In this article, the authors present these four schools: (1) Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo Public Charter School in Hilo, Hawai'i; (2) La Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico; (3) Nailor Elementary School in Cleveland, Mississippi; and (4) International Community School in Decatur, Georgia. Using observations from their visits to these four schools, the authors describe strategies the schools, early care and education programs, and families use to work together with the community to ensure children's success in school.
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Minority Groups, Community Schools, Charter Schools, Case Studies, High Risk Students, Academic Achievement, Educational Resources, Public Schools, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Family School Relationship, Child Care, School Readiness, Low Income Groups, Urban Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Hawaii; Mississippi; New Mexico