Monthly Archives: April 2010

What If We Only Trained Pediatricians?

In recent years, it hasn’t been uncommon for educators to hear about applying “the medical model” to schools. Generally, this refers to efforts at improving teacher quality. Similar to teaching hospitals, some schools have worked to develop teaching systems that involve mentorship and increasing responsibility. Though less successful to this point, some schools have also […]

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What’s the Perfect Event?

In this challenging economy, many non-profits are looking to create revenue through events as other income streams bring in fewer dollars. This, sadly, has resulted in many organizations hosting expensive events with underwhelming returns. And, as many of you are likely aware, the organizations end up repeatedly inviting (and asking money from) the same core […]

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Giving Circles

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with a representative from an organization called Black Benefactors. This group is the grant-making arm of The Black Philanthropic Alliance. Slightly different than a typical foundation, Black Benefactors is a giving circle. In a challenging economic climate, I think giving circles have the potential to play a very […]

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Maintaining High Expectations

Often, we hear of reform movements that claim to focus on high expectations. The phrase has become so common in educational discussions that I’m no longer certain we know what it means. Too often, when we say we are maintaining high expectations, it appears that, in reality, we are promoting obedience. More often than not, […]

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Lesson #2

Last week, I gave you a sneak peak at part of our Tutor Training Manual. Using an original poem, we will teach our tutors how to provide instruction in each of the five core components of literacy development: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Through this process, students gain an understanding of the […]

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The Next Level

A recent Time Magazine article provided an overview of a recent program piloted in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Washington DC. This program, called “Capital Gains” in Washington DC, is the brain child of Harvard economist Roland Fryer Jr. When I mention that our tutors will be compensated, people often compare our work to […]

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Lesson #1

A Reach, Inc. Original: From Our Tutor Training Manual “Train in the Rain” Outside in the cold, cold rain, I sit here waiting for the train. I’m mad about this long, wet wait. The train is fifteen minutes late! Near the depot, the crowd huddles, while one boy runs and jumps in puddles. As the […]

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Another First!

What a wonderful birthday present we received! Over the weekend, Reach received a $3,000 grant from The Crowell & Moring Foundation. While it may seem like a small grant, this is the first time we’ve received funding through a competitive process. Many foundations are not currently considering new organizations, but Crowell & Moring has shown […]

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Happy Birthday (Almost)!

On April 3, 2009, while sitting in Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I received a phone call. Our Articles and Bylaws had been filed and a Certificate of Incorporation had been issued. Reach, Inc. was now a legal – and for the first time, real – entity. As Reach approaches its […]

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