Working Together

Organizing Our Communities to Support Student Success

Image of Geoffrey Canada WebcastWednesday, May 27, 2009
Minneapolis Convention Center

To ensure the success of all students, regardless of race or income, and to provide them with meaningful opportunity, we need more than strong schools. We need all sectors of our communities working together to support student success.

Geoffrey Canada shared his experience leading the Harlem Children’s Zone, a transformative program for students, their families, and a 97-block area of the New York neighborhood. The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) offers a holistic approach to delivering education, social service, and community-building programs. Increasingly recognized as a national model for creating communities of support for children, HCZ serves 10,000 children each year from preschool to college age, in addition to providing support to their parents and families. A dynamic speaker, Mr. Canada is nationally recognized as a pioneer in educational reform.

This session explored how Minnesota might integrate lessons learned from the HCZ model. We also discussed how to reposition our educational system to be at the core of public, private, community, and family investment to benefit all students and our state.

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