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June 22, 2009

Bridging the Education-Community Gap in Natchez

Hats off to the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee for inviting us to assist with their planning efforts. Many times communities fail to understand how to be truly involved and supportive of local schools. At the same time, schools often fail to realize how to better integrate themselves with the community.

Schools and communities must work hand in glove together to solve complex issues related to community and economic development. An action plan for improvement must include and build interdependencies among all sectors--public and nonpublic schools from pre-kindergarten through college along with governmental and business leadership. Having a "silo" mentality simply will not work in the year 2009.

One of the biggest challenges many communties face in Mississippi is the negative perception of their schools. While dropout rates and test scores in many of our schools are less than desirable, local folks must actively pursue innovative ideas to cause positive changes to happen. When these positive changes begin to take place, perceptions begin to change for the better. It can't happen overnight, but aggressive grassroots leadership at the local level can make a difference.

June 26, 2009

New Partnership in the Works

We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with staff from the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation this week. One of the Center's main program components is community engagement, so we are excited to collaborate as we begin to look at several communities in the Delta and southwestern part of the state in which to provide community development assistance.

Community engagement is a critical piece in the community development puzzle. Too many times, local residents are not involved in being a part of the solution to local challenges. Sometimes they simply aren't asked, and other times they may not know how to become engaged.

Education and community/economic development are joined at the hip. As former Governor William Winter stated, "The road to success runs by the schoolhouse." Well said.

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