Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed

Synopsis

In Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed, Hugh B. Price shares the lessons learned while helping to do just that during his tenure as president of the National Urban League. Here, find out how educators can apply some of the same tactics to inspire and award academic achievement in even the most challenged school districts. Using real-life examples and shared wisdom from successful educators and community organizers coast to coast, Price describes ways to

• Create initiatives such as community-based honor societies, parades, and rallies to motivate students and reward achievement;

• Include parents in motivational efforts to rekindle students' natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning;

• Enlist the support of businesses and other community partners for both financial support and volunteer help;

• Maximize use of the media to publicize student accomplishments; and

• Set up programs that honor student achievement year-round.

According to Price, a highly informed and engaged community is essential to closing the achievement gap. This book underscores that community-based efforts to motivate student success can be effective because they have been effective. The message for educators, parents, business and civic leaders, and members of the general public is that their consistent and creative involvement will result in invigorated youngsters, inspired to achieve in school and in life.

Excerpt

In the spring of 1994, a lifelong professional dream came true when I was selected as President and CEO of the National Urban League. Founded in 1910 and composed of more than 100 local affiliates across the United States, the Urban League is the oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering black Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

Convinced throughout my career that education is key to reaching and remaining in the American mainstream, I was determined to make the promotion of academic achievement the centerpiece of my tenure at the Urban League. I knew that far too many black kids, not to mention other minority and low-income students, were lagging behind academically. and I knew that this so-called achievement gap threatened to hold these children back in school and throughout their lives. But to be truthful, beyond zeroing in on this achievement issue, I didn’t yet have a game plan for how the Urban League might leverage its distinctive history and organizational strength to do something about the problem.

When I was in law school, my professors frequently invoked the phrase caveat emptor, which means “buyer beware.” in the spirit of that phrase, I should alert readers of this book that I am not a professional . . .

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