The Harlem Children’s Zone is a non-profit education organisation whose holistic, birth-through-college approach to breaking the cycle of poverty has attracted attention from communities around the world. The organisation’s phenomenal success has been chronicled in many of the nation’s most-respected media including The New York Times Magazine, 60 Minutes, Wall Street Journal, Anderson Cooper’s 360°, Washington Post and NPR’s This American Life. As a living laboratory, HCZ has been visited by hundreds of communities eager to replicate its model and is the inspiration for President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The Harlem Children’s Zone model was pioneered by the organisation’s renowned President, Geoffrey Canada, who was featured in the documentary Waiting for ‘Superman’, the book Whatever It Takes and was recently named one of the world’s best leaders by Fortune magazine.
This weeks learning circle will be a deep dive into a ‘big bet’ – a big idea that has been lauded around the world. We will reflect on some of the key elements of this work and think about the implications in a UK and Birmingham context.
We invite you to familiarise yourself with some of the reports and links below in advance of the session.
- TED Talk: Geoffrey Canada – Our Failing Schools, Enough is Enough
- The Harlem Children’s Zone: Revisted