NCSRC Summer Chat Series on Community Engagement

Description

NCSRC held a series of three short "summer chats" inspired by the publication of our report, How Charter Schools Can Leverage Community Assets through Partnerships.

Like that publication, the summer chat series is intended to inspire and support charter schools in pursing and strengthening community partnerships to better serve students and families in their communities. 

Summer Chat Series on Community Engagement - Chat #1

In the first summer chat, Dr. Anna Hinton, Director of Charter School Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, provided a description of collective impact theory and why this approach benefits charter schools who are trying to build strong community partnerships. An overview of collective impact theory is provided in the handout available under “downloads” in top right corner of this page. 

Dr. Achil Petit, Superintendent of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter Schools, then described Harlem Children’s Zone’s community partnerships. He explained how the relationships were built to holistically support all students, the results that these partnerships have generated to benefit their school communities, and offered advice on how other charter school leaders can create meaningful and effective community-based programs. 
 

Summer Chat Series on Community Engagement - Chat #2

For our second summer chat, we hear from Ashish Kapadia, Executive Director at Central Queens Academy, and Hillary Hoffman, Director of External Affairs and Student Recruitment at Denver School of Science and Technology. Both schools were featured in How Charter Schools Can Leverage Community Assets through Partnerships..

Kapadia and Hoffman discuss their community engagement efforts and the ways in which those partnerships have enhanced their students' achievement and school culture. 

Summer Chat Series on Community Engagement - Chat #3

In the third and final Summer Chat, our speakers are Jared Austin, Co-Founder of Kairos Public Schools, and Christie Huck, CEO/Executive Director of City Garden Montessori. Both schools were featured in How Charter Schools Can Leverage Community Assets through Partnerships..

Austin and Huck discuss their community engagement efforts and the ways in which those partnerships have enhanced their students' achievement and school culture.