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The High School of the Future
Carol’s Bio
 An entrepreneurial, strategic leader with over 16 years of experience
providing nimble and pragmatic vision ...
Community Engagement –
Why?
 Why focus on community engagement?
 “The 3 R’s”:
 Resources
 Reach
 Relevance
Community Partners for
Schools
 Who are community partners?
 Families
 Local Government
 Churches
 Businesses
 Commu...
What is community
engagement?
 Schools & community partners can
collaborate to:
 to engage students and
 provide suppor...
Developmental Assets
Model
 Developed by Search Institute in 1990 with
the release of The Troubled Journey: A
Portrait of...
Developmental Assets – A
Strengths Based Approach
 Rather than “fixing broken kids” this is a
strengths-based approach
 ...
2 Main Categories
 External Assets
 Community
 Family
 School
 Neighborhood
 Faith
 Internal Assets
 Habits
 Valu...
External Assets – 4 Groups
 Support
 Family Love & Support, Parent Involvement
in Schooling, Positive Adult Relationship...
External Assets – Continued
 Boundaries & Expectations
 Family Boundaries, School Boundaries,
Neighborhood Boundaries, A...
Internal Assets – 4 Groups
 Commitment to Learning
 Achievement Motivation, School
Engagement, Homework Time, Bonding to...
Internal Assets – Continued
 Social Competencies
 Planning and Decision-Making,
Interpersonal Competence, Cultural
Compe...
Resources
 http://www.search-
institute.org/content/40-developmental-
assets-adolescents-ages-12-18
Example #1: Suicide Prevention
 CrisisLink, a regional nonprofit providing crisis hotlines &
education to prevent suicide...
Community & Asset Building
 How did community engagement work in
this example?
 Which of the 40 Developmental Assets
did...
Example #2: New Community
for Children
 NCFC is an after school & summer program for
kindergarten thru high school studen...
Community Partners
 What do you think NCFC brings to kids
in strengthening Developmental Assets?
 What does NCFC do that...
Example #3: CBC Youth Reps
Initiative
 Collaboration between Citizens for a Better
City, a 50+ year old civic group, & sc...
360 Community
Collaboration
 What’s unique in the CBC Youth Reps
model?
 How does it address Developmental
Assets?
 Wha...
Community Engagement,
Development Assets & Schools
 Why is it important?
 What makes it work?
 What doesn’t work?
 How...
Carol’s Contact Info
 Carol Loftur-Thun
 Principal, Sustainability Nexus
 Email: carol@sustainabilitynexus.com
 Cell: ...
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Week six community engagement

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An overview of how the Developmental Assets model can inform the use of community engagement for the high school of the future.

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Week six community engagement

  1. 1. The High School of the Future
  2. 2. Carol’s Bio  An entrepreneurial, strategic leader with over 16 years of experience providing nimble and pragmatic vision to turn challenges and crises into opportunities:  Interim and permanent CEO, COO and Executive Director roles with community nonprofits focused on early childhood and youth development, mental health, and family violence, including New Community for Children, The Women’s Center, CrisisLink, and Women Empowered Against Violence.  Led efforts to raise over $27 Million for community-based charities, as well as garnered coverage by CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and the Washington Post.  Served as Secretary of the Alexandria Early Childhood Commission and Issue Leader for At-Risk Children for the Northern Virginia Interfaith Coalition for Social Justice.  Designed and developed a “Civics and Youth in Action” initiative to get 17 high school students appointed to 13 city boards and commissions, and 4 nonprofit boards. In just one year, this program has become the largest of its kind in the United States.  As Co-founder of Sustainability Nexus, she focuses on bringing her unique depth and breadth of experience in community organizations to building coalitions with schools, government, corporations and other nonprofits.
  3. 3. Community Engagement – Why?  Why focus on community engagement?  “The 3 R’s”:  Resources  Reach  Relevance
  4. 4. Community Partners for Schools  Who are community partners?  Families  Local Government  Churches  Businesses  Community Organizations ○ Nonprofits, Clubs, Civic Associations, etc  Who else?
  5. 5. What is community engagement?  Schools & community partners can collaborate to:  to engage students and  provide supports in a  community-based  holistic approach  to learning and education  for students
  6. 6. Developmental Assets Model  Developed by Search Institute in 1990 with the release of The Troubled Journey: A Portrait of 6th to 12th Grade Youth  Introduced framework of Developmental Assets  Studies conducted with over 4 million youth across U.S. since then  Strengths-based approach
  7. 7. Developmental Assets – A Strengths Based Approach  Rather than “fixing broken kids” this is a strengths-based approach  Identifies the traits and supports that help kids to be resilience, less likely to engage in risky behavior, and more likely to succeed academically  Through research, identified 40 building blocks for healthy development
  8. 8. 2 Main Categories  External Assets  Community  Family  School  Neighborhood  Faith  Internal Assets  Habits  Values  Behaviors
  9. 9. External Assets – 4 Groups  Support  Family Love & Support, Parent Involvement in Schooling, Positive Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate  Empowerment  Community Values Youth, Youth as Resources, Service to Others, Safety
  10. 10. External Assets – Continued  Boundaries & Expectations  Family Boundaries, School Boundaries, Neighborhood Boundaries, Adult Role Models, Positive Peer Influence, High Expectations  Constructive Use of Time  Creative Activities, Youth Programs, Religious Community, Time at Home
  11. 11. Internal Assets – 4 Groups  Commitment to Learning  Achievement Motivation, School Engagement, Homework Time, Bonding to School, Reading for Pleasure  Positive Values  Caring, Equality & Social Justice, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, Restraint
  12. 12. Internal Assets – Continued  Social Competencies  Planning and Decision-Making, Interpersonal Competence, Cultural Competence, Resistance to Peer Pressure Skills, Peaceful Conflict Resolution  Positive Identity  Personal Power, Self-Esteem, Sense of Purpose, Positive View of Personal Future
  13. 13. Resources  http://www.search- institute.org/content/40-developmental- assets-adolescents-ages-12-18
  14. 14. Example #1: Suicide Prevention  CrisisLink, a regional nonprofit providing crisis hotlines & education to prevent suicide  Partnered with Fairfax County H.S. guidance counselors & faith community  Collaborated on an annual conference to prevent teen suicide called “Bridging the Gap”  CrisisLink wallet cards funded by Fairfax County  Loss team outreach to families, schools and students who lost someone to suicide  http://crisislink.org/about-us/press-releases/may-is-national- mental-health-month/
  15. 15. Community & Asset Building  How did community engagement work in this example?  Which of the 40 Developmental Assets did this collaboration build?  What do you think some of the challenges were for this collaboration?
  16. 16. Example #2: New Community for Children  NCFC is an after school & summer program for kindergarten thru high school students in Shaw Neighborhood of Washington, DC  Developed hip hop multi-media curriculum to improve literacy for middle school & 9th grade students  Art program with pottery & printmaking to build identity and sense of community  https://www.facebook.com/NCFCDC  http://ncfc-dc.org/
  17. 17. Community Partners  What do you think NCFC brings to kids in strengthening Developmental Assets?  What does NCFC do that schools may not be able to do?  How could NCFC and schools work together to even more effectively build Developmental Assets?
  18. 18. Example #3: CBC Youth Reps Initiative  Collaboration between Citizens for a Better City, a 50+ year old civic group, & schools, government, and other nonprofits/civic organizations  Only program of its kind in the U.S.  In 10 months became the largest program engaging students as Youth Reps to City Boards, Commissions & Civic Groups  http://www.youthrepsinitiative.org/
  19. 19. 360 Community Collaboration  What’s unique in the CBC Youth Reps model?  How does it address Developmental Assets?  What contributed to its success?  What would the challenges be of replicating this model in other communities?
  20. 20. Community Engagement, Development Assets & Schools  Why is it important?  What makes it work?  What doesn’t work?  How does this relate to your educational essay?
  21. 21. Carol’s Contact Info  Carol Loftur-Thun  Principal, Sustainability Nexus  Email: carol@sustainabilitynexus.com  Cell: 703-346-5104

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