The Best of Our Knowledge # 904
Albany, NY – GOOD SCHOOLS IN POOR NEIGHBORHOODS: DEFYING DEMOGRAPHICS, ACHIEVING SUCCESS , Pt. 1 of 2 -
Good Schools in Poor Neighborhoods has just been published after three
years of ground breaking research. The book, from Urban Institute Press, contrasts highly effective schools serving urban, low income, minority youth
...with their more typical struggling counterparts. The two very different
schools highlighted include: one serving predominately African-American students in a large Northeastern city...with one serving Latino students in
a Southwestern urban area. Good Schools includes lots of first person
quotes and anecdotes from principals, teachers, students, and parents.
And using original research and reams of data, a picture of what makes exceptional schools emerges...that can hopefully guide educational
policymakers and practitioners. Good Schools is co-written by Beatriz
Chu Clewell, and our in-studio guest, Dr. Patricia Campbell. Dr. Campbell
is President of Campbell-Kibler Associates in Massachusetts. A former university professor, she's been doing educational research and evaluation
for more than 30 years. Her studies focus on issues of race, gender, and disability.
Glenn Busby reports. (8:09)
**(Attention Program Directors and Listeners. The websites mentioned
at the conclusion of the above story are: www.urban.org and
EDUCATION HEADLINES AND UPDATES -
* In college sports, it looks like the NCAA Division II is set this month to
approve a 10 year pilot program to allow international schools to become members.
* Down under, because of its geographic proximity to Asia, Australia seems
to be improving its position in the global education market.
* Updating our G.I. Bill stories from last month, more states appear poised to adopt statewide versions of the G.I. Bill to shore up the outdated federal legislation. Some states are now helping military veterans pay tuition not covered by the national government.
* And in legislative news, President Bush did sign the 5 year renewal of the
Head Start federal preschool program. While Education Chairman, George Miller, says No Child Left Behind may not get renewed until after a new administration takes over next year.
Glenn Busby reports. (2:00)
NATIONAL URBAN ALLIANCE, Pt. 1 of 2 -
Like our first story, another organization that's working to improve the quality
of public education in urban school systems is NUA, the National Urban
Alliance. NUA contracts with schools, sometimes over a period of several
years, to work with them on assessments, action plans, and teacher
motivation. Also, to engage communities, and to help align instruction
and standards. This week, we talk about how the National Urban Alliance
does its assessments, and what costs are involved. Next week, success
stories, and reactions NUA gets from teachers and unions when they're
brought in from outside. In studio is Dr. Eric Cooper, President of the
National Urban Alliance. He founded NUA 18 years ago by investing the $500,000 he was awarded by being named a MacArthur Fellow.
Glenn Busby reports. (8:36)
**(Attention Program Directors and Listeners. To find out more about
the work of the National Urban Alliance in the above story, go to their
website: www.nuatc.org )**