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PROM ISE NE IG H B ORHOODS NEWS LE T T E R , U.S. DEPA RTMENT OF EDUCAT ION, OII
ISSUE NO.2 * APR IL 2011
This newsletter is developed by the
Promise Neighborhoods team in the
U.S. Department of Education’s (ED)
Office of Innovation and Improvement
(OII) to share information with
communities that helps achieve highly
effective schools and strong systems
of family and community support.
In this issue:
FEATURES
NEEDS ASSESSMENT RESOURCES
DIPLOMA-ITS MORE THAN A
PIECE OF PAPER
UPDATES
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
F.A.Q. CENTRAL
UPCOMING EVENTS
RESOURCES FOR RESULTS
PROMISING PRACTICES
Welcome
Community of Practice in
Massachusetts
The three Promise Neighborhoods
planning grantees in Massachusetts, the
Community Group, Dudley Street
Neighborhood Initiative, and the United
Way of Central Massachusetts, have
been working closely together since the
Promise planning grants were
announced in September 2010. First
they met under the direction of Mitchell
Chester, the State’s Commissioner of
Elementary and Secondary Education to
align their efforts across the state, and
then continued to connect by phone.
A likely result of their building a
community of practice and connecting
as a group with state resources is a
recent announcement of a State early
learning grant opportunity that will
support the efforts to engage ―hard-to-
reach‖ families. The grant opportunity
is limited only to the three PN planning
grantees. On April 9, the three
organization will also participate in a
Boston Promise Convening to explore
the important role of community in
making positive change in urban
neighborhoods .
In last month’s newsletter, we focused
on comprehensive longitudinal data systems
(LDS), as well as the goals and costs of the
system. Since many Promise Neighborhoods
are deep in the process of conducting the
needs assessment, this newsletter shares
promising practices and a few resources to
support the process of conducting a needs
assessment. The first webinar of the Promise
Neighborhoods Institute (PNI) focused on
gathering and using data for the needs
assessment, and included presentations from
Jennifer Comey of the Urban Institute and
Steve Spiker of the Urban Strategies Council.
Additional resources and lessons learned
regarding need assessments and data
collection from such initiatives as the National
Neighborhood Indicators Partnership are also
on PNI’s website. As mentioned in the
previous Neighborhood Watch, Patrick Lester,
author of the Building Neighborhoods Blog,
provided a needs assessment guide based on
review of the current literature, interviews
with several experts, and interviews with six
of the 21 Promise Neighborhoods grantees.
Also check out page 4 of this newsletter for
needs assessment promising practices from the
St. Paul Promise Neighborhood and the
Indianola Promise Community.
Needs Assessment Resources
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