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On July 11th at 12:00pm in the Teach For America 3rd Floor, we are thrilled to welcome Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and Dr. Christine Drennon from San Antonio, TX over Skype. Both of our guests were essential players in the development of the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, San Antonio's winning proposal for the Obama Administration's Promise Neighborhood Grant. The Eastside Promise Neighborhood is located within Councilwoman Taylor's district, and Dr. Drennon was the research for both the Promise and Choice Neighborhood grants that San Antonio received.
According to the Department of Education, "The vision of the [Promise Neighborhood] program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by—
Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;
- Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
- Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
- Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and
- Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program."