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C&J’s recommendations for Omaha featured in article

C&J and partner UPD recently presented Omaha Public Schools (OPS) with a needs assessment report outlining strengths and gaps and recommending bold changes such as universal pre-K and better support for struggling students.  A strategic planning process will soon follow.  Read the article here.

Say Yes to Education Praised by President Obama

The exciting work of Say Yes to Education and its partners in Syracuse and Buffalo was included in two speeches by President Obama yesterday. Say Yes partnered with the city of Syracuse in 2008 to provide academic, legal, social, and health supports to all students and their families from pre-school through high school. Students are then provided free college tuition when they graduate with a high school diploma. Say Yes began expanding its program to Buffalo last year. The President spoke of the Say Yes approach as a solution that needs to be replicated in other communities in order to give more students access to college. Read more…

EdWeek features school reform work in Syracuse

In the recent article, “School Improvement Is Citywide Effort in Syracuse,” EdWeek describes the innovative reform approach adopted by the city of Syracuse, NY five years ago.  The city has partnered with Say Yes to Education to provide academic, legal, social, and health supports to all students and their families from pre-school through high school. Students are then provided free college tuition when they graduate with a high school diploma.  The success of the program is due to the whole-child/whole-family/whole-community focus and the partnerships developed and nurtured with students, parents, educators, government, universities, non-profits, and business.  Read more here.

Syracuse City Schools announces leadership position

Led by Superintendent Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City Schools is in the midst of a large scale reform effort to improve student achievement and prepare all of its students to graduate from high school with the skills needed for college and career.  Syracuse is seeking an Executive Director of Teaching and Learning to help move the district toward its goals.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of district curriculum and instruction programs in all subject areas (K-12).  The ideal candidate is a flexible, collaborative and highly motivated administrative leader with demonstrated proficiency in curriculum, instruction and assessment.  This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced educator with a passion and expertise in instructional best practices to effect lasting change on academic quality and achievement outcomes for all of Syracuse’s students.  To learn more about the position, read the job announcement and/or please contact Christina Legg Greenberg at 510.575.9635 or info@redwoodcircle.org.

New book portrays extraordinary success of Say Yes Syracuse

Gene Maeroff’s book, Reforming a School System, Reviving a City: The Promise of Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, is now listed on Amazon for advanced sale in both hard and soft cover versions. It is due out in November. Maeroff, a former education reporter for the New York Times, describes how Say Yes to Education has enacted a set of reforms in Syracuse, New York, that supports students at every level from kindergarten through college. This book shows how Say Yes’ partnership with business, education, and government and unique approach to education reform can help rebuild weakened economies and strengthen communities.