To open the latest season of the What Works in Urban Education series, Tom Bloch and the University Academy present Jacqueline Edelberg and her book, How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The book chronicles the transformation of Chicago's Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School from an underutilized and struggling neighborhood institution into a successful, vibrant pillar of the community on the strength of motivated parents (including Edelberg) and an entrepreneurial principal (co-author Susan Kurland).
Based on her experiences, Edelberg presents a model for reviving the neighborhood school...from the struggles, tensions with some teachers, to a lack of cooperation with school bureaucracy, to charges by some parents that the school was being gentrified. The reformers knew they had to focus on the essentials: develop partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organizations, improve academic performance, and improve the school's image to attract more middle-class families. After all the joy and struggle, the group transformed the school into a high performer that has been acclaimed nationally for its achievement.
RSVP online here…walk if you’re close enough or park for free at the Library’s covered garage.