Joint Ventures: An Experiment in Community/Professional Co-framing in K-12 Education is a collaborative report between both the Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda.
In 1993, the Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda released a report titled Divided Within, Besieged Without: The Politics of Education in Four American School Districts. The study’s attention to communities was distinct from the conventional focus on the technical issues of school administration and funding, and it reported on what people in communities said they were concerned with: the qualities of human relationships. And the relationships people described were troubled.
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Dr. Edmund Gordon is one of the nation’s foremost scholars on education and the Achievement Gap. He was one of the founders and the first research director for Head Start, and is currently the Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Gordon has been a strong proponent of “supplementary education,” the kind of education that a child receives outside of school, as the necessary link in bridging the Achievement Gap.
Bob Cornett, a former state budget director for Kentucky, describes himself as a “retired bureaucrat.” But as a parent, grandparent, and a person who has been involved in education reform for more than 20 years, he’s come to understand that, if public education policies are to be corrected, the impetus has to come from the citizenry.