Community Conversations on Education in DC
In summer 2012, Public Agenda, with funding from Citybridge, helped the Deputy Mayor for Education work with local, community-based organizations on an engagement initiative in Washington, DC. The initiative included Community Conversations in wards 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8. Participants in these conversations discussed what a "quality education" means and how to provide one for their communities' children.
Ward-Level Summary Report
This report summarizes the main themes and recommendations from all five Community Conversations. It identifies the concerns, questions and ideas for action or follow‐up most frequently mentioned by participants in each Community Conversation. These summaries are intended to inform Community Conversation planners, concerned citizens and community and city leaders as they make choices about which education priorities to act on, plan for next steps, and determine the best means of integrating community recommendations into decision making about quality education for children in DC.
Combined Themes and Recommendations from 5 Wards
This report summarizes the themes and recommendations that came up most often across all of the ward-based conversations on achieving quality schools for all children. These themes can serve as somewhat of a “checklist” when school administrators and policymakers are considering how communities and parents define quality beyond student test scores.