"Wraparound" services making a difference

Community “wraparound” services are helping to raise test scores, attendance and parental involvement while reducing disciplinary problems at 25 targeted schools, District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon told program benefactors Tuesday.

A site coordinator at each school organizes outside assistance ranging from tutoring, mentoring and arts enrichment to food and clothing. The idea is to wrap the schools in customized support that helps students and families deal with poverty and other barriers to achievement.

The schools are mostly low performing Investment Schools singled out for intensive intervention underThe Cleveland Plan,a citywide blueprint for education reform. Principals are adamant that the two-year-old initiative makes a huge difference in their work, Gordon said.

“If we ask them what is the one thing you cannot give up if we scaled back … it unanimously is, ‘We cannot give up the wraparound school model,” Gordon told the audience before a panel discussion at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus.


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