Unions, Districts and Communities to the Table in the NEA Foundation Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative Sites [Report]

This Issue Brief highlights the collaborative work of two communities currently funded by the NEA Foundation as part of its Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative—Lee County, FL and Springfield, MA. In each of these communities, community partners have been engaged to achieve initiative goals by generating a shared agenda for reform and by bringing specific community-based assets to the bear on the development, implementation and sustainability of that agenda. lessons learned from these two communities can be applied to any community and school district, especially wherever economic or social hardship continue to demand new resources and renewed public will to effect enduring change.

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