Are you using GIS mapping to point these people to all of the neighborhoods with the biggest challenges for helping kids through school and into careers?
A forum you might enjoy is Fireside Learning. I posted this message yesterday about segmenting the education problem into categories, based on the social/economic and geographic demographics of learners. http://firesidelearning.ning.com/forum/topics/obamas-initiatives?page=1&commentId=1786468%3AComment%3A47566&x=1#1786468Comment47566
At http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com you can see maps we've created at Chicago, to focus attention, and the distribution of resources, on all of the high poverty neighborhoods. I feel that until maps are used this way we'll have lots of actions, lots of money spent, but still be missing most of the places where kids are needing extra help.
Most school reform efforts focus at system change within schools. Until some look at the systems outside of schools that keep kids from focusing on learning, then not much will change from anything done within schools. If Knowledge Works begins to focus on the non-school hours, and what businesses, churches, hospitals and universities can do to support youth and families in high poverty neighborhoods, it might shine a light on strategies others can adopt as well.
Hi Jesse, I've been to the KnowledgeWorks web site and it has some great ideas. I lead the Tutor/Mentor Connection and encourage you to browse the ideas we share and incorporate some of them into your own strategies.
Visit http://tutormentor.blogspot.com and http://www.tutormentorconnection.org and let's see how we might connect in the public awareness part of this, which results in thousands of additional people visiting and using the information on our sites.
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