Dec 13, 2017
New ‘community schools’ are challenging old ways of addressing the social and economic factors facing vulnerable students – with some promising results.
Hundreds of schools in poorer communities are adopting a “community school” model and reaching out to the broader community in an effort to bring “real-world learning and community problem solving” into student learning.
“Community-based learning” ties student learning and physical and mental wellbeing back to their communities. While community schools vary school to school, researchers point to common features across all of them: they use disaggregated data and community-centered relationships outside of the school to tailor learning to students’ needs and backgrounds. Advocates say the new approach encourages a shared responsibility for students’ success.
The results look promising: at Oakland International High School, a community school where 25% of students recently came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, 51% of the Class of 2014-15 passed California’s college admission courses – compared to 24% of English learners district-wide and 46% of students overall in the Oakland Unified School District.
Tutors might consider how they can incorporate project- and problem-based learning to assist students from low-income or marginalized backgrounds.
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