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Case Studies



Vancouver Public Schools (Vancouver, WA)



In 2008, as an outgrowth of the district’s strategic planning process,2 VPS developed a proactive, community-schools approach to turning around poverty-impacted sites: Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRCs). That strategy has proved to build school assets, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase student success.

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BBA Policy Areas


Out-of-School Experiences

Establishing an even educational playing field so that all children enter kindergarten prepared to learn and thrive requires supports for children, their parents, and their caregivers from birth. And ensuring equal opportunities to learn requires support for children’s physical and mental health. A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education advances enriching experiences with nurturing, knowledgeable adults throughout the day and all year, in order to promote children’s strong cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development.


Topics

Early Childhood Education

Afterschool and Summer Activities

Physical and Mental Health

Nutrition


In-School Experiences

Schools and educators serving students with higher needs need the resources to do so effectively. A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education advances policies that establish strong standards and curriculum in all schools and ensure sufficient funding for high-needs schools to reach them. BBA promotes supports-based accountability systems focused on improving instruction and strategies to desegregate schools and deconcentrate poverty within them, so that educators and students have a strong context in which to teach and learn.


Topics

Equitable Funding

Holistic, Supports-Based Accountability Systems

Teacher and Principal Quality

Accountability for Charter Schools


School-Community Connections

Effective, sustainable school improvement efforts merge research-based evidence of effective ways to mitigate the impacts of poverty with community input regarding the district’s unique assets and needs. A Broader, Bolder Approach highlights the need for key community voices – including educators, parents, students, and faith and business leaders – to be at the center of developing and implementing education reforms.


Topics

Addressing Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty

Using Community Input to Inform School Improvement






BBA's Mission

The impacts of poverty on students’ ability to learn effectively – from lack of readiness for kindergarten to health-related impediments to focusing in class and disproportionate placement in segregated and under-resourced schools – are increasingly understood. The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education advances a comprehensive, research-based policy agenda to mitigate those impacts and, thus, even the education playing field so that all US children have a true opportunity to thrive in school and life. Learn more about BBA

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Mission Statement
Executive Summary
Original BBA Mission Statement


BBA's Leadership

Angela Blanchard

Featured Advisory Board Member
Angela Blanchard

Angela Blanchard has reached an epiphany through her more than 30 years of experience: A community should be defined by its strengths, resources, achievements and hopes – not its degree of brokenness. As a result of her unwavering and passionate efforts as President and CEO of Neighborhood Centers Inc., Blanchard has extended this community development … Continued


Co-Chairs

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Helen Ladd
Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

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Pedro Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education and Director, Center for the Study of School Transformation, UCLA

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Paul Reville
Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and founding director, Education Redesign Lab

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Joshua Starr
CEO Phi Delta Kappa International


National Coordinator


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Elaine Weiss
National Coordinator

Elaine Weiss is the National Coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, where she works with four co-chairs, a high-level Advisory Board, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive in school and life.  Major publications for BBA include case studies of diverse communities across the … Continued