Community School's SXSWEDU Panel Proposals

The Office of Community Schools has submitted three panel proposals to SXSW EDU 2018, and we need your votes to help get us to Austin in March!

SXSW stands for South by Southwest®. The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals.

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0 to 60 - NYC Lessons in scaling Community Schools

New York City (NYC) Community Schools begin with two simple yet powerful ideas: (1) In order for students to achieve academic excellence, we must support the whole child, and their family; and (2) schools can’t do it alone. NYC scaled its Community School strategy from 45 schools in 2015 to 227 schools today and is achieving real results. Learn how NYC works across sectors and engages partners, community leaders, educators, and families to create opportunity and support equity and excellence.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will be familiar with the evidence base for Community Schools and the results that New York City is achieving through this strategy.
  2. Participants will learn how systems can support shared leadership & accountability among educators, families, & communities through community schools.
  3. Participants will learn how mayors can align a City’s resources around a shared set of outcomes for children and families.

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ORGANIZER

Chris Caruso, Exec Dir, Community Schools, NYC Department of Education

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The Big Idea: Cracking the Code on Chronic Absence

The age old problem of students skipping school has become a national epidemic. Roughly seven million students are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than a month of school each year. In this session, presenters will offer an overview of chronic absenteeism, explore its negative impact on academic outcomes, and share low cost and data-driven attendance strategies developed through the NYC Community School Initiative and championed by the national My Brother's Keeper Campaign.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Gain an understanding of the pernicious effects of chronic absenteeism and how to use chronic absence as a measure of student success.
  2. Acquire overview of attendance strategies and receive an attendance toolkit, including practitioner guides and “how to” documents, to take home.
  3. Learn how to launch a "Success Mentoring Program" and harness a data system that shows students at risk of poor academic outcomes or dropping out.

SPEAKERS

ORGANIZER

Sarah Peterson, Dir of Research & Development, New York City Department of Education

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Services or Power: What Do Parents Really Need?

For decades, our public schools have been under attack. Critics say the system is broken and impossible to fix. NYC Community Schools are proving the solution is simple: invest in schools and families. But where do you get the most bang for your buck in a Community School? Providing services to families in need, or moving parents up a Ladder of Engagement to take on leadership roles in their schools? In NYC's Community Schools Initiative, we are doing both.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Schools that learn to see parents as partners rather than problems will improve student achievement and transform their school community.
  2. How to apply community organizing principles in schools to create transformative family engagement.
  3. How to implement a ladder of engagement strategy to develop parent leadership in your school.

SPEAKERS

ORGANIZER

Christine Marinoni, Sr Adviser to Deputy Mayor of New York City , New York City City Hall

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