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

College Access and Success in Philadelphia: Part I: Moving Towards Systemic Efforts

Education and Literacy

College Access and Success in Philadelphia: Part I: Moving Towards Systemic Efforts

Presents a scan of the city's college access and success system -- schools, higher education institutions, community-based organizations, families, advocates, funders, and businesses -- and opportunities to advance collaboration and alignment.

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

What's Next?: The Assessment Challenges Facing States

Education and Literacy

What's Next?: The Assessment Challenges Facing States

Outlines the essential elements of redesigning state student assessments: build comprehensive, up-to-date systems; link standards, assessments, and instruction; create common assessments via collaboration; create pathways to college; and maintain systems.

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

The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Civil Society, Education and Literacy, Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Examines the Free Library of Philadelphia's operations compared with other urban libraries, including circulation, visits, and programming; challenges in staffing and efforts to adjust to changing needs; and barriers such as a complex governing structure.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, Africa, Africa (Western)-Ghana, Africa (Southern)-South Africa, Africa (Eastern)-Uganda

Tax and Transfer Fiscal Impacts of Dropping Out of High School in Philadelphia City and Suburbs, The

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor

Tax and Transfer Fiscal Impacts of Dropping Out of High School in Philadelphia City and Suburbs, The

This research article provides detailed information on the effects of the escalating high school drop out rate in Philadelphia. High school dropouts impose very high costs on the broader community. This report details these costs, including: These costs include: lower tax payments to the government, intensive reliance on cash and non-cash government income transfers, and the cost of incarceration. In addition, this article demonstrates how the fiscal consequences of dropping out of high school have been exacerbated by changes in the economy.

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

Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy;Health;Immigration

Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences

Probing the changing makeup of American college campuses, this report by the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. of Malden, MA, offers unparalleled insight into the journeys of today's graduate students born to immigrant entrepreneur parents.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts;North America-United States (Western)-California;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia;North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington;Africa;Africa (Southern)-South Africa

Complicated Choices: Struggling to Meet NCLB Requirements AND Remain Faithful to a School's Educational Vision and Practice

Education and Literacy

Complicated Choices: Struggling to Meet NCLB Requirements AND Remain Faithful to a School's Educational Vision and Practice

In an era of high-stakes accountability, school leaders often face contradictory pressures as they strive to improve student performance. They must meet the federal mandate of NCLB for student achievement; at the same time, many believe that NCLB constrains their professional judgment about how to best teach and assess students in the context of their own schools. The case of Baker, a K-8 school in Philadelphia, is illustrative. The case study discusses the complicated choices school leaders made as they attempted to meet the needs of all students. As Baker implemented the school district's highly prescriptive approach to curriculum and instruction, using a Managed Instruction System, it struggled to maintain its progressive educational philosophy and 'best' practices. The school's pedagogical goals included: student-centered and project-based learning, teaching for life-long learning, performance-based assessments, and an emphasis on higher order thinking. Baker was a successful learning community for students and adults, whose significant accomplishments were obscured by the fact that it never had made AYP. If the U.S. Department of Education had permitted the state to use its valued-added growth model, the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment, as an alternative to the status achievement metric that focused on the percentage of proficient students, Baker would have made AYP in 2006-07, the last year of this research.

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

Help Wanted: Policy Brief

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Help Wanted: Policy Brief

In today's economy, strong basic skills and success in the workforce are intertwined. Employers across all industries demand a new kind of worker, and businesses can go virtually anywhere to find the right employees. In order to compete in today's global economy, Philadelphia must commit to becoming a city with a world-class, highly literate workforce. This policy brief, written in response to the publication Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed, proposes strategies for uniting the full community to advance adult workforce literacy levels. Many of the strategies described in this policy brief are also applicable to areas throughout the country facing this same challenge.

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

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