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Title: Cities and Towns: Engaging Our Schools Todays Challenges ,Tomorrows Opportunities League of Arizona

Cities and Towns Engaging Our SchoolsTodays
Challenges ,Tomorrows OpportunitiesLeague of
Arizona Cities and Towns 2008 Annual Conference
  • August 21, 2008
  • Andrew O. Moore, Senior Fellow
  • 215.848.6910

Todays workshop
  • NLC and children, youth, and family issues
  • Municipal leadership in education and city-school
  • Action planning / brainstorming time for you
  • Questions, answers, discussion

NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of
    children, youth, and families in cities towns
  • Provides tools, publications, technical
    assistance, and hosts peer learning networks
  • Core Program Areas
  • Education Afterschool
  • Family Economic Success
  • Early Childhood Success
  • Youth Development
  • Child Youth Safety

Action Kits for (busy) municipal leaders and
their staff
  • Reengaging Disconnected Youth
  • Improving Public Schools 
  • Expanding Afterschool Opportunities
  • Promoting Youth Participation
  • Helping Working Families
  • Protecting Children and Youth
  • Supporting Early Childhood Success
  • Reengaging Disconnected Youth
  • And more!

Professional development and learning networks
for you!
  • Recent IYEF Activities
  • National City Afterschool Summit, Washington DC
  • City Leaders Engaged in Afterschool Reform
    (CLEAR) project
  • Site visits strategies to reengage disconnected
  • Peer Networks
  • Afterschool Policy Advisors Network
  • Municipal Network on Disconnected Youth
  • Early Care Education City Network
  • Small Cities Education Network

National League of Cities Institute for Youth,
Education, and Families
A City Platform For Strengthening Families and
Improving Outcomes for Children Youth
  • Developed by YEF Council Published December
  • Assessment tool, framework, catalyst for new
    coalitions initiatives
  • Adopted by 94 cities in 34 states,

City Platform Section 1 Infrastructure for
Sustained Progress
  • Identify needs, opportunities, and priorities for
    future action through an inclusive task force or
    similar body.
  • 2) Promote effective city-school collaboration
    through regular leadership meetings that focus on
    shared priorities and the development of joint
    plans of action.
  • 3) Encourage and support youth voice, engagement,
    and leadership!
  • 4) Measure progress over time through the use of
    a community scorecard or set of benchmarks that
    tracks key outcomes and places them within a
    broader context.

City Platform Section 2 Action Steps, Ideas for
Getting Started
  • Examples Promoting City-
  • School Collaboration
  • St. Paul, Minnesota Convening education and
    community partners to discuss children, youth,
    and families plan
  • Las Vegas, Nevada Batteries Included Initiative
    -- education, afterschool programs

City Platform next steps and concrete suggestions
  • Consider adopting!
  • Four Arizona cities have adopted the City
    Platform to date
  • Avondale
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • Tucson
  • Consider adapting!
  • More examples
  • Encourage family involvement in schools by
    sponsoring First Day celebrations
  • Develop a blueprint for how the city, schools,
    business leaders, community groups, and parents
    will work together
  • Establish a local afterschool coalition or task

SoWhy should city leaders get involved with
  • Many shared interests
  • Addressing some issues requires collaboration
  • Community health, well-being, quality of life
  • Public safety and crime reduction
  • Economic development
  • Strong and engaged citizenry
  • Living within budgets
  • High dropout, truancy rates
  • Workforce development
  • Recruit/retain teachers
  • Safety in, near schools
  • School readiness
  • Support services
  • Public engagement

How do cities benefit from working with schools?
  • Provide vulnerable students and families with
    wraparound services
  • Remove obstacles to achievement through teacher
    recruitment support, school readiness improvement
  • Achieve savings through joint-use agreements,
    shared maintenance, etc.
  • Develop a shared understanding of problems, a
    common agenda and accountability

Confirmation of municipal leaders interest in
  • 93 of city officials say that the quality of
    education is very important to the well-being of
    their cities
  • 95 of city officials say that they are very
    concerned or somewhat concerned about the quality
    of education in their communities
  • City officials cite that the most persuasive
    reasons for improving the quality of education in
    their communities are
  • Improve community life and cohesion
  • Foster economic growth
  • Develop a skilled workforce
  • Attract and retain families and residents

And interest in afterschool
  • Every year since 1995, 21 of municipal leaders
    consider afterschool programs as one of their
    citys top three most pressing needs
  • 65 of respondents in large cities said their
    municipalities provide direct afterschool
  • 35 of elected officials said their cities
    offerings of afterschool programs are less than
    adequate for children and families.
  • 78 of city officials believe afterschool
    programs enhance their effort to curb juvenile
    crime or violence during daytime hours.

City education partnership areas
  • Sample Areas
  • Business partnerships
  • Career-technical education
  • School readiness
  • Community schools and joint use
  • And more!

City education partnership examples 1
  • Business Partnerships
  • Dublin, Ohio Dublink broadband connections for
    researchers, doctors, and schoolchildren
  • Hermiston, Oregon City, schools, and Chamber of
    Commerce recognize top students at Breakfast of
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina Top CEO recruits
    other business leaders to adopt a school at
    suggestion of Mayor and United Way president

City education partnership examples 2
  • Career/Tech Education
  • Oskaloosa, Iowa Construction trades training
    with local Housing Trust Fund
  • Portland, Conn. Town-Tech students digitize
    maps, build web site
  • School Readiness
  • Enfield, Conn.
  • Key Initiatives to Early Education (KITE)
    promotes early childhood education parent
    resource center

City education partnership examples 3
  • Community Schools and Joint Use
  • Duarte, California 25-year agreement in which
    city maintains school grounds in exchange for
    full use for recreation after hours joint 44
    million bond issue for school improvement
  • Medina, Ohio Community Recreation Center on high
    school campus share operating costs
  • Tualatin, Oregon City bond issue included
    support for high school artificial turf field

City education partnership examples 4
  • More examples available on YEF website re
  • Afterschool programming / integrating education
    and afterschool
  • Safety and youth violence
  • Financial support through bonds, special tax
  • Teacher and principal incentives housing, etc.
  • Public engagement / improving public schools

Meanwhilein larger mid-sized cities
  • Key Topics/Issues
  • High school dropouts, achievement gap
  • College access
  • Health social services access
  • Truancy
  • Multiple districts
  • City Responses
  • Use bully pulpit to set sights on ? goals
  • Convene local leaders
  • Identify, offer facilities
  • Promote portfolio of options
  • Financial incentives

Additional YEF Resources
  • Stronger Schools, Stronger Cities
  • Setting the Stage for New High Schools
  • Engaging Cities
  • Visit http//
  • Upon Request
  • Leadership Keys for Mayors Other Municipal
    Leaders Expanding Alternatives for High School
  • State Policy Examples-Alternative High Schools

Questions to consider, discuss
  • What would it take to launch regular meetings of
    city school leaders to share priorities and
    plan joint actions?
  • Whats a good topic for initial discussion with
    schools business links, joint use,
    career-technical education, school readiness,
    afterschool, dropouts, other?
  • What more do you want/need to know about current
    school and afterschool initiatives in your
  • What are steps that you will take in the next 3-6