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Strengthening Families, Communities, and Schools to Support Children's Development
Neighborhoods of Promise

ISBN 9780367889395
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on a range of contexts influenced by the Promise Neighborhoods Program—a federal place-based initiative to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed urban and rural neighborhoods—this book outlines effective characteristics and elements for implementing supplementary education. Chapter authors demonstrate that the disparities in educational achievement between white and non-white students can only be addressed by a holistic approach that takes the communities in which schools are situated as its focal point. This edited collection distills the insights gained from the communities implementing such comprehensive education programs and provides the framework and models for reproducing such successes.

Table of Contents



Geoffrey Canada

Chapter 1
Comprehensive Education and Family Resource Centers for the 21st Century

Edmund W. Gordon, Paola C. Heincke, & Andrew C. Shurtleff

Chapter 2
Building Communities of Opportunity: Equity, Education and
the Agenda for Change

Angela Glover Blackwell

Chapter 3
The Role of Family and Home in Children’s Intellectual Development

E.B. Campbell and Edmund W. Gordon

Chapter 4
Community Life and Resources as Settings for Learning

Emile Sessions and Edmund W. Gordon

Chapter 5
The Special Role of Schooling in the Development of
Academic Ability of Children and Youth

Eleanor Armour-Thomas

Chapter 6
Closing the Education Gap: The Hidden Potential of the Black Church

Carey H. Latimore


Chapter 7
Community Schools: A Strategy, Not a Program

Jane Quinn

Chapter 8
The Eagle Academy for Young Men:
An Exemplar of the Comprehensive Practice of Education

Carol Bonilla Bowman, Ed.D. Edmund W. Gordon, Ed.D.

Chapter 9
Creating a Village that Nurtures Children at the Harlem Children’s Zone

Betina Jean-Louis

Chapter 10
Engaging African American Youth in Social Change and Community Building through Cooperative Economic Development

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, E. Wyatt Gordon and Stephen M. Nembhard

Chapter 11
High Performance Learning Communities

Edmund W. Gordon, Andrew C. Shurtleff & Ishan E. Gordon


Recontextualizing the achievement gap through Neighborhoods of Promise

A.J. Franklin

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Edmund W. Gordon is the Emeritus John Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and Richard March Hoe Professor at Columbia University, Teachers College, USA.

Betina Jean-Louis is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Harlem Children's Zone, USA.

Nkechi Obiora is a consultant with Farafina Shirikiano Communications, USA.