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Field Report: Homer A. Plessy Community School

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This month’s blog post will be all about preparation. After the end of the school year, teachers and students alike were given time off to rest after a long school year while administrators and board members of the school got down to the key ingredient for any school: preparation. This may not sound very glamorous but I assure you there is more to the preparation for an upcoming school year than deciding what the classroom looks like. Each of the student and teacher handbooks must be updated and ready to hand out on the first day of school. In addition, professional development for the staff must occur in training sessions for Louisiana A+ standards as well as training on what it means to have a Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum. Last but not least, there must also be a training session on what it means to be an arts integrated school. All of these training sessions are specifically designed for the teachers and administration at Homer A. Plessy Community School and does not begin to touch on the preparation for the community and the student body. As A relatively new school we are still trying to get the word out that Homer A. Plessy Community School is no longer a school in the clouds but has firmly landed on earth. That being said, it is the school’s responsibility to create a space where the community is also welcome. That is why there will be a block party/ barbecue on July 12th in tandem with the 7th Ward Community Center just outside the school from 5:30-7pm where the school staff will meet members of the community and vice versa.

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting with a lovely woman from the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center who took some time out of her day to explain to me that the neighborhood center was actually part of a national coalition called the Fourth World Movement and their specific branch went by the name ATD. If you have the time or the inclination I highly recommend reading up on the subject  as it is fascinating and ties in with the AmeriCorps VISTA goal of eradicating poverty. I was also able to meet some of the volunteers who work there and get a peek at their community garden. They are doing great things at the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center and I hope that we can continue to work with them throughout the school year and beyond. After all, at Homer A. Plessy Community school we are trying to create students who are community minded.

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2014 by in VISTA Field Reports.

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