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Categories: Early Learning

Early Learning in Promise Neighborhoods

As Promise Neighborhoods execute strategies to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed, it is critical to examine: efforts to track and measure progress, challenges experienced, and lessons learned. Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide lifts up early learning results and identifies challenges and lessons learned for three Promise...

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Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods

Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide is a resource for Promise Neighborhoods as they work to improve college and career success for young people living in Promise Neighborhoods. It lifts up strategies to sustain postsecondary results over time and it profiles successful place-based efforts led by the Harlem Children's Zone, the Education Fund of Miami-Dade...

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Building a Culture of Results: A Guide to Emerging Practices in Promise Neighborhoods

Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this guide shares tools that Promise Neighborhoods can use to develop processes and systems to build a shared accountability structure and to achieve better results for children and families. This resource lifts up the results-driven work occurring in Hayward Promise Neighborhood, Northside Achievement Zone, Chula Vista Promise...

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The Work for Our Generation: Reimagining Communities of Opportunities for All

Published in the journal of Academic Pediatrics, this paper serves as a framing piece to ground the medical community in the current state of poverty and how it affects children and families. This resource can be utilized to help doctors and policy leaders at local, state, and national levels understand and address all the facets of childhood poverty.

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Webinars | 2016

Understanding Federal Tools to Build Youth and Family Financial Capability

On Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m.EST, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted a webinar that lifted up strategies to utilize federal tools to build youth and family financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods. We were joined by Anamita Gall (ICF International) and Dr. Deborah Moore (Indianola Promise Community), who shared best practices for using federal tools, such as the...

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Categories: Early Learning
Webinars | 2016

Supporting Age-Appropriate Functioning in Promise Neighborhoods (GPRA 2)

This webinar features best-practices and effective strategies Promise Neighborhoods are using to promote the age-appropriate functioning of young children in their communities. In doing so, this webinar aims to equip Promise Neighborhoods and other community leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources to turn the curve on the baseline indicator for GPRA 2: the number and percentage of...

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Categories: Early Learning
Video | 2016

A Look at Early Childhood in Berea College Promise Neighborhood

To illustrate the impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program's cradle-to-career approach, the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, developed a series of videos titled “Pipeline Profiles.” This video is the first in its series and highlights some of the work that the Berea College Promise Neighborhood is doing to create a strong early childhood segment of...

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Categories: College and Career
Video | 2016

A Look at College and Career in Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood

To illustrate the impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program's cradle-to-career approach, the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for the Study of Social Policy developed a series of videos titled “Pipeline Profiles.” This video is the third in its series and highlights the work that Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood is doing to leverage its community partnerships into strategies that...

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Categories: Capacity Building
Webinars | 2016

Aligning Staff with Data Systems

During this webinar, Caitlin Smith (Social Solutions) presented updates to the PNI Impact Report and answered related questions. Jose Mireles and Monica Martin (Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood) shared strategies to align programmatic staff and external partners with the framework and activities required to secure high-quality collection, input, management, and reporting, of data

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Webinars | 2016

Sustaining Parent Engagement throughout the Cradle-to-Career Continuum (GPRAs 12-14)

Parent and community engagement is critical to achieving and sustaining Promise Neighborhoods results. Moreover, research demonstrates that children whose parents are involved in their reading and learning are more likely to have stronger academic performances and fewer absences. During this webinar, Marilyn Joseph (Harlem Children’s Zone) and Alysha Price and Michelle Martin (Northside...

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Webinars | 2016

Leveraging Policy Advocacy to Keep Students Healthy

The capacity to leverage policy advocacy and systems change is critical to scaling up and sustaining efforts to ensure that youth living in Promise Neighborhoods are healthy and connected to the necessary services and supports to prepare them for college and career success. During this webinar, Rosa Ramirez Richter (Healthy Schools Campaign) discussed best practices to achieve healthy...

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Webinars | 2016

Building Out a Successful Case Management System

A robust case management system is critical to tracking progress and improving outcomes for children and their families, along the cradle-to-career continuum. During this webinar, Mary Bogle (Urban Institute), Tara Watford (Youth Policy Institute), and Karin Scott (Indianola Promise Community) shared best practices for building a case management system that is: rooted in the Results-Based...

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Categories: K-12
Webinars | 2016

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Proficiency and Chronic Absenteeism

Exposure to a traumatic event places a young person at risk of: a lower reading proficiency, a lower grade-point average, and more days of school absences. Throughout their lifetimes, many young students living in underserved communities will experience one or more traumatic events-putting them at risk of chronic absenteeism and lower academic proficiency. During this webinar, Sue Fothergill...

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Integrating Family Financial Security into Cradle-to-Career Pipelines: Learning Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods

More than 14 million American children are caught in poverty’s grip, lacking academic, familial, and health supports to provide them a step up into the middle class.1 Mirroring the racial wealth gap, the majority of these children come from families of color who are unable to get ahead, resulting in inadequacies that inhibit the individual child’s potential, the potential of
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Tools | 2015

PNI Peer Learning Tool

This “Peer Learning Tool” is intended to briefly highlight examples of promising solutions for achieving the Promise Neighborhoods results, as well as the competencies needed to implement them effectively and sustain the work over time, that were taken from communities utilizing the Promise Neighborhoods approach who were willing to share their experiences with their colleagues.

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Categories: Family Engagement
Tools | 2015

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

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Beyond Lessons In The Field: Planning for Growth and Sustainability of Promise Neighborhoods - Keys to Success

A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

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Categories: K-12

Culture of Universal Achievement and Success: A White Paper on the Granger Turn Around Model™

This white paper by Robert Bleisch, M.A., Principal of Castle Park Middle School, explores the Granger Turnaround Model—a school-wide, research-based, data driven Response-to-Intervention model built on four very specific principles of intervention (Timely, Targeted, Directive, and Systematic) and three core systems of academic excellence (Mandatory Attendance System, Mandatory Behavior...

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Primer and Directory on Evidence-Based Practice

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink created this document to flesh out the meaning of evidence-based practice (EBP), the idea to invest resources and energy in programs, services, and explore policies with empirical evidence demonstrating success. Increasingly, funders are encouraging grantees to use these evidence-based approaches. The Promise Neighborhoods program exemplifies...

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Categories: K-12
Webinars | 2015

Promoting Academic Proficiency in Promise Neighborhoods

Academic achievement is vital to children's educational attainment and economic well-being. Please join the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink for a webinar lifting up best-practices and approaches to improve academic proficiency rates in Promise Neighborhoods communities (GPRA 4). We'll hear from the following experts: 
 
- Sherry Taubert, Project Director, Berea Promise...
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A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results

This important tool was developed to help Promise Neighborhood communities and the field at large better understand the external conditions and developmental milestones that are needed to build the cradle to career continuum and to achieve the goals/outcomes set forth in Promise Neighborhoods. The tool illustrates the developmental pathways necessary to achieve the Promise Neighborhoods vision.

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Promise Neighborhood Investment Readiness Criteria

To support sustaining local leader’s efforts, to achieve collective impact by improving the educational and developmental outcomes for poor children in America, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) is working to attract additional investment to network member’s Promise Neighborhood cradle-to-career continuum of solutions. Network members meeting ALL of the criteria described...

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Tools | Urban Institute | 2015

Preparing and Fielding High-Quality Surveys

This brief was written to help Promise Neighborhoods—and other community-based efforts—in planning, managing, and documenting their neighborhood and school surveys. It draws upon industry best practices, as well as examples from Promise Neighborhood grantees, on how to address many of the challenges faced when trying to implement quality surveys that will produce reliable data on communities.

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Categories: K-12
2015

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act is slated to replace No Child Left Behind as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Section 4624 of the Every Student Succeeds Act ("the Act") authorizes the Promise Neighborhoods program. This brief summarizes the Promise Neighborhoods activities that are authorized under the Act.

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Tools | 2015

Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader

Authored by Mark Friedman, “Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader” is a companion resource to “Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough.” Promise Neighborhoods can use this resource to strengthen their capacity to: implement a Results-Based Accountability framework, use data to improve outcomes, and learn how to use Results-Based Accountability to achieve collective impact.

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Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated...

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