This publication offers communities a comprehensive set of tools — tips, references, stories, worksheets and more — aimed at helping neighborhoods hold schools accountable for student achievement. Initially designed for Annie E. Casey’s Making Connections initiative, the toolkit operates as a companion piece for the Foundation’s Building More Effective Community Schools guide.  

March 15, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How to organize a community-driven effort to hold schools accountable.

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    Ways to reduce school-neighborhood tensions.

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    Ground rules for effective group discussions.

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    Tips for collecting data on public schools and students.

Key Takeaway

Learn from communities that have already succeeded in boosting student achievement

The goal: Create better schools and increase academic outcomes for children. The game plan? Distill the experiences of other communities into step-by-step tips, clear strategies and concrete examples that make it easy for residents to get reforms rolling.    

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