Thursday, January 17, 2013 -
7:30am to 10:30am EST
The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor Boardroom
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The Community School District 16 (CSD16) initiative is a project that seeks to improve educational outcomes and achievement levels for the children of Community School District 16 (Central Brooklyn), inform reform efforts in other low-performing and underserved districts throughout the city and create a model of community and educational transformation, by designing a blueprint pursuing the following goals:
- Develop effective partnerships with community organizations and education support organizations; focus resources on gaps in CSD16 educational enrichment and after-school programs, including tutoring, mentorship and social services intervention.
- Dramatically increase the level of school- and district-wide engagement of public school families in ways that will lead school and community stakeholders to exert a greater positive influence over the management, policy direction and educational outcomes of CSD16.
- Identify and train new leaders among parents, students and local school advocates; organize and maintain a community voice that can effectively reshape DOE policy in ways that structurally improve the effectiveness of a CSD16 education.
- Foster the development of multilateral relationships between school principals and leadership teams at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, and help improve the coordination of student achievement strategies.
The project's blueprint for addressing the above challenges will serve as a model for coordinated community transformation throughout New York City and beyond. This funders briefing and informational session will not only highlight the project and its blueprint—it will also provide the connective tissue between progressive policy ideas and direct, neighborhood-based action as a way to infuse, and thereby improve, civic and educational life in Brooklyn with systemic impact. The project and briefing serve as a forum in which all stakeholders in improving educational outcomes can come to the table, learn from one another's experiences and identify where, in light of saturated capacity and community necessity, external resources can be applied to affect holistic change.
A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing sponsored by the Black Male Donor Collaborative, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the New York Foundation.
- Dr. Edward Fergus, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University
- Marilyn Gelber, President, Brooklyn Community Foundation
- Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
- Nicole Sharpe, Executive Director, Black Male Donor Collaborative (moderator)
- Sharon Stephens, Principal, Madiba Prep Middle School
All interested funders.