Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, June 04, 2007

A tale of two schools

In "A tale of two schools," subtitled "Both serve the neediest kids, but at one, parents are welcomed and tummies are filled," the Toronto Star compares two different elementary schools--both serving students from extremely impoverished families. In terms of achieving stellar outcomes, one school does quite well, the other poorly. It's interesting how one school is a community haven, not just for students, but for parents as well.

Again, it's about identifying high performing schools and replicating success... see the Positive Deviance Initiative for more about this broad idea.



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