Cleveland wraparound schools discussions

- March 3, 2014

On Thursday, March 13, Policy Matters Ohio is hosting two panel discussions at the City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue.

United Way of Greater Cleveland has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to develop wraparound strategies in 17 low-performing schools. Wrapping community support around academic environments has proven successful in other communities and it is the first time this innovative strategy has been implemented on a large scale in Cleveland.

Noon: Cleveland Wraparound Schools: Implementing the Plan

Piet van Lier, Policy Matters Ohio communications director and education researcher will moderate a discussion, from a policy perspective, about the opportunities and challenges this kind of initiative presents, and how a community-centered approach to improvement can transform Cleveland schools. Participants are:

  • Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland school district;
  • Bill Kitson, CEO and president of the United Way of Greater Cleveland;
  • Martin Blank, president of the D.C.-based Institute for Educational Leadership and director of the Coalition for Community Schools;
  • P.G. Sittenfeld, assistant director of Cincinnati’s Community Learning Center Institute and member of Cincinnati City Council.

4 pm: Cleveland Wraparound Schools: Voices from the Field

Piet van Lier will moderate a second panel to consider, from an educational- and community-partner perspective, the opportunities and challenges of a community-centered approach to school improvement in Cleveland. In addition to Martin Blank and P.G. Sittenfeld, the participants are:

  • Katrina Hicks, principal at H. Barbara Booker School in Cleveland;
  • Cassandra Washington, wraparound school site coordinator at Mound Elementary School, with lead agency University Settlement;
  • Dawn Glasco, Promise Neigbhorhood ambassador in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

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