The Schools That Work category will be an ongoing search and exploration of schools that are doing it differently and what is working about these schools.
The Harlem Children’s Zone, led by Geoffrey Canada, is a massive effort to redesign education to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children at the bottom of opportunity in this country. Canada, from the South Bronx, “aspires not to be a program at all, but an entire safety net tightly woven of everything that makes communities work — good social services, prenatal counseling, parental involvement and, most crucially, good public schools.”
How can we make change in public schools if we don’t believe change is possible? Canada believes he can make a difference and he acts on that belief. What are we waiting for? In the land of Obama, change is possible, change has come and change is coming to our schools.
Listen to Geoffrey Canada speak with Terry Gross on NPR
President Obama supports the Harlem Children’s Zone