The Right Relationships and Conditions to Achieve High Expectations
After months of work with boundary-spanning organizations in Youngstown, OH, The Harwood Institute presented its final report to the Academic Distress Commission on the Youngstown City Schools last month. In the report, Rich Harwood found that there were a variety of issues facing the people of Youngstown, including that the schools appear as though they are in constant flux, there is a short supply of trust in the community, and that community responsibility is essential for moving forward on a new path.
Based on the research, Rich then recommended a set of principles that should guide all actions in Youngstown moving forward, including:
- Partnering with businesses for student placements
- Mobilizing adults to engage with youths
- Focusing on building a stronger school-community relationship
- Telling a different story