Story posted June 28, 2015
Reposted with permission from the Coalition for Community Schools.
An increase in social-emotional support for students as well as opportunities for them to exercise leadership skills is paying off in increased attendance and the percentage of students on track to graduate at John Hancock College Preparatory High School on Chicago’s southwest side.
Leadership and service opportunities—whether it’s promoting wellness activities in the school or volunteering in the community—are tied closely to the goals of the school, helping to create a seamless environment that supports learning.
In fact, when Principal Karen Boran learned her school had won an award, she responded, “For what?” because she says the work of the partners is so much a part of how the school operates. Students and families have benefitted, she says, because of “how hard we work to integrate everything.”
The fact that there is stability in partners working with the students and families is another reason why the school is meeting its goals, she says. ...