Empathy and the understanding that we are accountable for our public schools is lacking in our cities and communities. Our money is funding public schools – we should want a thoughtful creative voice in how the money is being spent. Create a Neighborhood Creative Advisory Council, working with schools, developing creative solutions to issues faced by schools.
As community members funding our public schools we need to develop a sense of accountability and ownership in the performance of our schools. Public money provides funds to public schools - we need to develop a platform for input from community members as to how our money is being spent. Creating a sense of responsibility and ownership in the performance of our schools - whether we have children in school or not is essential to building a better way forward.
A city public school system would have Neighborhood Creative Councils for its neighborhood schools - geographic areas responsible for eachother. these neighborhood Councils would report to a City Creative Council that would work with city officials and possibly national leaders and action groups.
Neighborhood Councils would be made up of 4 interest groups, and supporting members within each interest group - all from the community, serving their local community schools.
Firm/Collective: Organizes, leads, and supports efforts of Creative Council.
- Any type of design/creative firm. Architecture, branding, professional organization, designers...
Media Outlet: Serves to make issues, progress, results known to surrounding community and city at large
- Public radio, local newspaper, bloggers...
Chamber: Represents varying resources and expertise that reside in community.
- Business group representing community, independent business owners, merchants...
Groups/Institutions: Voice of community, the backbone of the neighborhood.
- Community activism groups, neighborhood interest groups, community members...
Each interest group brings its strengths to the table, and another viewpoint and understanding to the group. Working together to develop creative solutions to common problems - bringing creative thinking to our schools and communities and the issues they face.
Advisory groups would work with public schools to address issues thru CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING! Issues would be identified by schools - asking the advisory council for creative problem solving approaches.
Issues could range from:
-Funding for field trips
-School lunch programs
-Building retrofits & maintenance
-Cultural awareness issues