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Who are those people in your neighborhood?



In the past few days, we've begun noticing stories around the state about teachers taking tours of the neighborhoods their schools serve.

Here's one from Gainesville, and another from Orlando. We've also heard about some schools in our coverage area doing the same thing.

It's an interesting trend for two reasons.

First, it validates what so many people have said about the important connections between school and community. If the teachers know the community and the parents and the neighborhood, and the parents and neighbors know their teachers and principals, they'll work together better, right?

Second, though, it highlights how unusual this practice has become lately. The stories talk about people being surprised to see educators roll up. But that wasn't always the case. It wasn't so long ago that educators and community were more often neighbors who knew well the areas they worked in.

What's changed in the dynamic over the years? Can more frequent visits help improve schools?

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 6:57am]


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