Monday, September 8, 2014

Webinar: Placing School Improvement and Student Achievement at the Center of Revitalization in Seattle’s Yesler Choice Neighborhood

Choice Neighborhoods, a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is designed to not only revitalize distressed public or HUD assisted housing, but to also transform the entire community in which the housing is located.

Improving schools and the educational outcomes can be a key driver in creating desirable neighborhoods. Recognizing this, the Seattle Choice Neighborhoods grantees prioritized educational improvement in a high-needs neighborhood school by collaborating with multiple partners, including Seattle University, the school district and nonprofit organizations.  As a result, positive educational outcomes are emerging for students in Yesler’s local elementary school.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy,in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be hosting a webinar that will draw on the experience of Seattle’s Choice Neighborhood to allow participants to better understand:
  • Why focusing on improving schools and bettering education outcomes is important for broader neighborhood revitalization 
  • How creating services for children along a “cradle-to-career” pipeline can be useful in improving both education outcomes and neighborhood schools
  • Why the role of anchor institutions and other education partnerships are an integral part of implementing educational improvement strategies successfully
Featured speakers will include John Forsyth from the Seattle Housing Authority and Kent Koth from Seattle University.  Register here to attend this webinar, which will be held on September 24, from 1 – 2 PM EST. 

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