From the U.S. Department of Education Teachers Edition newsletter
Pomona, Calif. made progress when the school district partnered up with community organizations and nearby colleges. In Jennings, Mo., parents can use on-site washers and dryers in exchange for an hour of volunteer work doing things like monitoring the cafeteria. Minneapolis started an Office of Black Male Student Achievement, which is changing students’ opinions of themselves and their identities. These examples, highlighted in District Administration Magazine, are showing how districts are meeting the needs of their most at-risk kids.
No matter how cutting-edge the technology or advanced the curriculum, students have a hard time mastering essays and equations if they’re hungry, traumatized or feeling marginalized by a textbook’s inaccurate portrayal of their ethnic group.