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 The Asheville City School system is designing a new strategic plan.  I had the recent honor of being interviewed as a stakeholder in the schools.  The questions were well thought out and it gave me a chance to reflect on my children’s experiences in their very different journeys...
Whenever I go to a conference that costs me or my employer money, I expect to bring back at least three things. I want to get at least one new idea I can put to use quickly. I want to make at least one connection with another person who is doing interesting things in their work and who I...
Last month I wrote about ways to ask young people their opinions.  Well, we’ve been practicing.  We just completed community conversations with 5 different groups in Buncombe County.  As part of conversations in over 35 communities around the country, our local discussions will be...
Getting at ResultsIn the past 15 years or so, there has been a significant push to get social programs to measure their results.  United Way, Urban Institute, Harvard Family Research Project along with the General Accounting Office of the US Government and many others developed training and...
 Young people say that they have ideas but no one hears them. Last summer, I had a session with high school students and they said: School staffs don’t ask students their opinions or if they do ask, they don’t listen. They gave some examples including food service and a tardy policy.Students...
“How involved are you in the lives of young people?” This question came up as part of a recent dinner conversation.  Those of us with grown children tended to say we were when our children were at home, but not so much since then.  We talked about children who were friends with our kids...
In summer 2011, CAYLA students participatd in United Way's Community Conversation on Education Let’s talk about learning and school. This is the launching of my education blog so people can share thoughts and ideas about educating young people – particularly in Asheville and Buncombe County.My...
United Way is excited to begin a new blog dedicated to discussing Education topics. Check back soon and join the conversation!

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