New Approaches to Schools


Every American wants improved education. The difficulty is finding and agreeing on creative, cost-effective ways to improve the performance of schools. Over 90% of students at the charter schools of the Harlem Children’s Zone are going on to college. Other cities have adopted the “community schools” model and their math and reading proficiency rise by almost 75%. Both systems hold both educators and students to the highest expectations and are finding that those expectations can be met.

Dream of a Nation Partner
Harlem Children's ZoneFamily, Community, and Health
The Harlem Children's Zone Project is a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market. Learn more.

The Coalition for Community Schools conducts research and advocacy to mobilize the resources and capacity of multiple sectors and institutions to create a united movement for community schools. Learn more.
Coalition For Community Schools


Read the Coalition for Community Schools essay: "A School and Community Strategy for the 21st Century"

Read the Coalition for Community Schools essay

Read the Harlem Children's Zone essay: "Seeing Education in a New Light"Read the Harlem Children's Zone essay

Endnotes & References


What Can I Do?

Give educators, administrators, and board members in your school district ideas from model schools around the country.

The only way to scale up the successes of model schools is to see how their ideas work in different settings.


What If?

Q. What if every student graduated from high school and could attend college?

A. College graduates have a median income almost $32,000 higher than high school dropouts, and locking up one young person in juvenile detention costs as much as $150,000 a year in some states.