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How to Walk to School is the story—from the highs to the lows—of motivated ...
How to Walk to School is the story—from the highs to the lows—of motivated neighborhood parents galvanizing and then organizing an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago's best, virtually overnight.
The fate of public education is not beyond our control. In How to Walk to School, Susan Kurland, Nettelhorst's new and entrepreneurial principal, and Jacqueline Edelberg, the neighborhood mom, provide an accessible and honest blueprint for reclaiming the great public schools our children deserve.
Check out www.howtowalktoschool.com for more information.
In my capacity as an education professor, I supervise student internships at many schools around the Chicago metropolitan area. None of the schools I visit look or feel like Nettelhorst. None of the schools have parents who are so active and are so welcomed by the administration. None of the schools have that same sense of community. In this day and age of school choice and increased adversarial relations, we need to emulate the Nettelhorst model. We need collaboration. We need cooperation. We need community. Nettelhorst has really figured it out.
All the research and anecdotal evidence shows how community schools have benefited children and adults in communities all over Illinois and across the nation. Students thrive when the parents and community members take ownership for the success of the school. Today's students are tomorrow's wage earners, taxpayers, citizens and community members. Nettelhorst is proof positive that the community school model can provide a comprehensive and dynamic learning opportunity.
The critical time to act is now - we cannot wait any longer to meet children's needs and improve their chances of success in adulthood.
I stand in awe of what this school community has accomplished.
Chapter 1: Dream a Future: Identify Opportunities Chapter 2: Chemistry: Capitalize on Desire Chapter 3: Support Systems: Contract Services Chapter 4: Academics: Raise the Bar Chapter 5: Sell the Dream: Rebrand and Reposition Chapter 6: Fundraising: Look Beyond a Climate of Care Chapter 7: The Nettelhorst Blueprint
Afterword by Rahm Emanuel Appendix A: Toolkit: How to Set-up a 501(c)(3)
Appendix B: How to Learn More
About the Authors A Call to Action Notes
Posted June 9, 2011
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