Staying Relevant In A Changing Neighborhood: How Fleisher Art Memorial Is Adapting To Shifting Community Demographics

Arts and Culture;Education and Literacy

Staying Relevant In A Changing Neighborhood: How Fleisher Art Memorial Is Adapting To Shifting Community Demographics

This case study describes Fleisher Art Memorial's initiative to bring residents of the surrounding ethnically diverse neighborhood to its on-site programs. The report is part of a larger set of 10 case studies commissioned by The Wallace Foundation to explore arts organizations' efforts to reach new audiences and deepen relationships with their existing audiences. These in-depth reports lay out how the efforts were created and run, describe the results in detail, identify what helped them become successful, and show what got in the way of success. They add to a growing body of field-based research, providing specific examples of individual organizations' responses to unique circumstances. At the same time, each aspires to capture more broadly applicable lessons about what works and what does not -- and why -- in building arts audiences.

August 2015

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia

Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Health

Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City

Offers a statistical portrait of the city's strengths and weaknesses, based on trends in indicators for jobs and the economy, crime and the justice system, public schools and higher education, city government, arts and culture, and health and welfare.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Changing Schools and What Parents Want From Them

Education and Literacy

Philadelphia's Changing Schools and What Parents Want From Them

Based on a survey, examines parents' expectations from and perceptions of school reforms, performance, and options among district-run, charter, private, and Catholic schools; priorities; and challenges by race/ethnicity, age, and income.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Education and Literacy, Government Reform

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Examines the student characteristics and effects of charter schools on students' test-score gains, high school graduation and college attainment rates, and test scores in nearby traditional public schools. Includes policy and research recommendations.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Western)-Colorado-Denver County-Denver, North America-United States (Southern)-Florida, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Western)-California-San Diego County-San Diego, North America-United States (Southwestern)-Texas

Family Engagement and Education: A Research Scan and Recommendations

Education and Literacy, Parenting and Families, Poverty

Family Engagement and Education: A Research Scan and Recommendations

In September 2012, The Heinz Endowments asked the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University to conduct a research scan of family engagement, leadership, and organizing work related to education happening in Pittsburgh, as a part of the Endowments' larger work in supporting families as important stakeholders in their children's education.

Annenberg's goal was to produce a well-researched scan and analysis of the family engagement and organizing for school reform landscape in Pittsburgh and to provide recommendations for viable funding strategies to support family engagement and organizing capacity building.

Research questions for the scan included:

1. Given the overall context of school reform efforts in Pittsburgh, what are the opportunities and challenges for influence from community-based parent leadership and organizing?

2. What community-based organizations with a current or potential focus on equitable education reform exist in Pittsburgh?

3. What is the capacity of each organization to engage in parent/family leadership and organizing work to influence school reform?

All of the work completed for this report was done from September 2012 through April 2013. More specifically, data was collected from November 2012 through February 2013. Thus, new developments and changes related to what is reported here that have occurred since the spring of 2013 are not reflected in our data, findings, analysis, or recommendations.

What follows is an overview of the methodology and conceptual framework driving the design and analysis of our scan research, a detailed summary of what we learned about the landscape for family engagement and leadership in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), a scan of current community-based organizations' (CBOs) work and capacity for supporting family engagement and leadership, and recommendations of potential strategies for cultivating family engagement and education organizing in Pittsburgh.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh

Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers

Education and Literacy

Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers

This report looks deeply inside 17 schools that stand at the vanguard of the current revolution in teaching. It reveals the substantive ways in which these schools are providing their teachers with more time to reflect on, develop, and hone their craft, by very explicitly leveraging an expanded-time school schedule and calendar. These schools' expanded time (on average, they are in session almost 300 hours more per year than the national norm of 1,170 hours) affords not only more hours and days focused on classroom instruction, but also a full array of professional learning opportunities.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Cuyahoga County-Cleveland, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Connecticut-New Haven County-New Haven, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Union County-Elizabeth, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-Kings County-New York City (Brooklyn), North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Southern)-Louisiana-Orleans Parish-New Orleans, North America-United States (Southern)-Tennessee-Shelby County-Memphis, North America-United States (Southwestern)-Arizona-Maricopa County-Phoenix, North America-United States (Southwestern)-Texas-Harris County-Houston, North America-United States (Western)-California-San Diego County, North America-United States (Western)-Colorado-Denver County-Denver

Keeping Parents and Student Voices at the Forefront of Reform

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy

Keeping Parents and Student Voices at the Forefront of Reform

Presents a case study of community organizing for school reform by Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project and Youth United for Change: how developing leadership, relationships, and research shaped district policy, school capacity, and student outcomes.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia

Afterschool in Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Afterschool in Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth

With support from MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance presents this compendium, containing a series of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth, schools and communities, and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. The four issue briefs featured in this publication address: the importance of aligning afterschool with the school day, bullying awareness and prevention, service-learning opportunities and literacy education. Each brief combines relevant statistics, comments from experts and community leaders, and examples of outstanding afterschool programs. The compendium also includes profiles of successful programs and a discussion of the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award.

The 2011 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award winners are:

  • Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools - New Orleans, LA
  • Higher Achievement - Washington, D.C.
  • Urban Arts/Project Phoenix - Oakland, CA
  • 21st Century PASOS - Gettysburg, PA
  • America SCORES - Chicago, IL

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Adams County-Gettysburg, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Louisiana-Orleans Parish-New Orleans, North America-United States (Western)-California-Alameda County-Oakland

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