In City Schools, Robert Rothman and his colleagues at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University put forward a vision of “smart education systems” that link a highly functioning and effective school district with a comprehensive and accessible web of supports for children, youth, and families.
One-third of the nation’s children are educated in city schools. Many of these schools face tremendous challenges—rapid teacher turnover, poor academic performance, high concentrations of low-income children, children with disabilities, and English language learners. How can they engage the talents, resources, and support of other community institutions to serve students more effectively?
The book describes ways that urban districts around the country are becoming “smarter” and outlines the components of a smart education system. Drawing from dozens of examples, the authors show how districts can build relationships with cultural institutions, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to support student achievement and offer multiple pathways to education for urban youth.
Robert Rothman is a principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. He is responsible for writing Institute publications and editing the Institute’s quarterly journal, Voices in Urban Education, a “roundtable-in-print” designed to air diverse viewpoints and share new knowledge on vital issues in urban education. He has written for numerous education publications and organizations and was previously a reporter and editor for Education Week. He was also a senior project associate for Achieve, a study director for the National Research Council, and the director of special projects for the National Center on Education and the Economy. He is the author of Measuring Up: Standards, Assessment and School Reform (1995), and numerous book chapters and articles on testing and education reform. Rothman holds a bachelor’s from Yale University.