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ERIC Number: EJ990867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Looking beyond Harlem: International Insights for Area-Based Initiatives
Miller, Peter M.; Gibson, Jordi Diaz; Balslev, Gitte Miller; Scanlan, Martin
Middle School Journal (J3), v44 n1 p16-24 Sep 2012
Purposeful and strategic connections between schools, families, and communities are critical characteristics of effective middle level education. Area-based initiatives (ABIs) have been particularly visible family-school-community policy developments in recent years--especially the federally funded "Promise Neighborhoods," which attempt to replicate the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) philosophy of comprehensively integrating school and community services. This article describes several examples of how ABI initiatives in France and the United Kingdom can offer valuable lessons for the planning and implementation of ABIs in the United States. Lessons are offered in the areas of leadership, teacher integration, neighborhood boundaries, parent engagement, and evaluation. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; New York; United Kingdom; United States