REQUEST FOR COVERAGE
November, 4, 2013
Contact: D. Johnson 504.897.6110
WHO: Lila Leff, Founder of the Umoja Student Development Corporation and community members
WHAT: Presentation and Community Forum that will include practical and interactive activities, as well as a case-study format, allowing attendees to reflect on their own successes and challenges and refine both their goals and strategies for community partnerships
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bowers Auditorium, 1555 Poydras, New Orleans, LA 70112
WHY: To address and seek resolution to the tension that sometimes exists between school operators and the community and help develop strong partnerships between schools, families and community partners to drive academic success
ABOUT THE EVENT: On November 12, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and The Cowen Institute will co-host a forum to explore effective school community partnerships. Lila Leff, founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago will serve as the presenter and moderator. ----- Register at lacharterschools.org----
Umoja is a nonprofit working to increase attendance and college enrollment, reduce violence and support educators in public schools across the City of Chicago. Considering the tensions that sometimes exist between school operators and the community, there is value in sharing Umoja's model that builds a web of dynamic relationships that brings together schools, families and community partners to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low-income youth and the resources they need to thrive.
For example, Umoja's Restorative Justice (RJ) model creates the conditions for both students and adults to successfully reach their academic goals by restoring conflicts and reducing disciplinary infractions. Through RJ, students learn critical social, emotional, and behavioral skills and teachers are better positioned to deliver high quality instruction. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, there was a 30% reduction in out-of-school suspensions at Manley, the flagship school for Umoja.
This Forum will examine the "symptoms" and outcomes of a successful school community partnership, use an asset-based lens to leverage community strengths and resources, and identify tools, strategies, and frameworks that can be used to further effective school partnerships.
Through practical and interactive activities as well as a case-study format, participants will reflect on their own successes and challenges and refine both their goals and strategies for community partnerships.
"With Umoja, students learn to believe in their own future, and, as importantly, Umoja helps administrators, teachers and counselors push their own definitions of what is possible for our most academically underserved young people," said Greg Darnieder, Special Assistant to the Secretary of College Access, U.S. Department of Education.
Community problems require community solutions. Join us at this crucial conversation.