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The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives

This publication from PolicyLink, the Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership, and the West Coast Collaborative, and authored by William R. Potapchuk, demonstrates that community schools offer a powerful vision and strategy for what schools should look like within broader place-based initiatives and how community schools can benefit from alignment with other...

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Improving Media Coverage and Public Perceptions of African-American Men and Boys

The Opportunity Agenda crafted messaging advice for changing media coverage and public perceptions of African-American men and boys based on existing research and years of work at the intersection of media, communications and racial justice.

This memo is intended to assist those working to reduce stereotypes and expand opportunity for black males as well as those concerned with journalistic...

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Guidance Document

The Urban Institute’s document, Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results, provides comprehensive guidance on data collection strategies, sources, and methods for the field, as well as important clarity around the US Department of Education’s required indicators for Promise Neighborhoods sites.

This document is key to the...

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Successful Research Collaborations: Rules of Engagement for Community-based Organizations

This paper aims to provide guidelines for CBOs, and in particular Promise Neighborhood lead organizations, to consider when working with external evaluators and researchers. At the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®), we have learned many lessons over more than 30 years of collaborating with researchers. In this paper, we offer our perspective to other CBOs, in an attempt to share the knowledge we...

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Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs

This brief is based on the notion that college is possible not only for students who attend excellent primary and secondary schools but also those who struggle in under-­‐performing public schools. Using the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®) as a case study, it explores the theory and practice behind this approach; summarizes results, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for other...

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