Study tour of Brooklyn today. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bed Stuy Restoration Corp, St. Ann Warehouse, then finishing with a walk through DUMBO precinct … amazing examples of inspired partnerships making a difference in urban America.
What’s New York City without theatre and great food?
After a full day of business, we snuck off to see an extraordinary off-Broadway play. Run, don’t walk to see Daniel Kitson in the “Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church”. Kitson is a quirky British actor who supplies a tour de force, one-man performance that is guaranteed to move and inspire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Then great pizza at Grimaldi’s.
Spent a fascinating 90 minutes with Rick Kahlenberg at the Century Foundation in NYC. Rick is America’s leading voice on the importance of income integration in schools as a means of improving academic performance and lifting kids out of poverty.
Very encouraging that 80 school districts in America have now adopted income integration as a fundamental goal in locating magnet programs and developing school boundaries. Even with great teachers, schools made up exclusively of poor kids are almost certain to perform badly while mixed income schools almost always perform at a much higher level.
Certainly instructive for Hamilton as we come to terms with the destructive effects of concentrated poverty on health and educational outcomes.