Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty, Elaine Weiss and Paul Reville
In a 1902 address, John Dewey said, “The conception of the school as a social center is born of our entire democratic movement” (“The School as Social Center,” The Elementary School Teacher 3 [October 1902]: 73–86). Building on the work of Jane Addams and others, Dewey’s conception helped launch a progressive reform movement to educate the whole child by creating enriching experiences, providing wraparound supports, and centering the democratic life of a community in its local public school. Elaine Weiss and Paul Reville offer us an insightful account of this movement’s recent history and current work, brought to life through case studies of 12 diverse communities.
Weiss and Reville introduce “integrated student supports” (ISS) as an approach to combating rising poverty and the associated race- and income- based opportunity gaps experienced by a growing proportion of young people. These supports include “cradle to career” wraparound services, such as health, mental health, and nutrition, as well as expanded learning opportunities, such as early childhood education, summer programs, after- school enrichment, and college scholarships. The authors’ Broader, Bolder, Better approach aims to meet children’s in-school and out-of-school needs by ma
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