Weaving communities for better results

With his keynote at the Cradle to Career Network Convening’s final plenary session, New York Times columnist David Brooks initiated a conversation about the power of relationships. Last summer, Brooks toured the country, visiting communities enriched by what he calls “weavers” — individuals and organizations creating trusting relationships to repair the frayed social fabric seen…

Five students at a time

Focused efforts in Northfield, Minn., lead to communitywide improvements in third-grade reading They can be any student, in any classroom. When independent reading time begins, they keep their heads down, turning the pages of their books and trying to blend in. They’re playing the part, but they’re falling behind. They’re called “pretend readers,” said third-grade…