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DC Fractal - It Takes a School to Raise a Village
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When: March 12, 2013

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It Takes a School to Raise a Village
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:30-8:30pm
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane - 2nd Floor Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(across from Red Line Metro Bethesda, public parking available)
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For more information, contact Lisa Kimball at

It Takes a School to Raise a Village (pdf) 

Today, most of us recognize that the educational system doesn’t terminate at the boundary of school property. The concept of community schools has developed from a preference for teaching children in neighborhood schools to a movement that sees the school as a hub that brings together many partners to offer a range of support and opportunities for children, youth, families, and the larger community. From 2007–2010, the ABC Connects program applied a systems approach and organizational learning tools to the challenge of transforming two schools in South Africa and two schools in Detroit, Michigan, into vibrant centers of community life. These schools engaged with parents and other education stakeholders to address the challenges of poverty, improve teaching and learning, and support students’ well-being and development. At the same time, students and teachers benefited from taking part in cross-cultural learning opportunities with their counterparts on the other side of the globe. ABC Connects continues to build on the lessons learned from this pilot program.

Our guest this month will be Carol K. Gorelick, MBA, EdD,who co-founded of SOLUTIONS for Information & Management Services Inc. after a 25-year corporate career in the telecommunications, airlines, and financial services industries. She is an adjunct associate professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York and was a visiting professor in the MBA program at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded ABC Connects. Carol is just back from South Africa and will share the latest on her experience working with the complex challenge of school improvement.

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