by Paul Tough, 336 pages, published September 10, 2009
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That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children—not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children’s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives—their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents.
Geoffrey Canada: "Whatever It Takes" To Teach Kids (NPR, 36 min 11 sec)
Whatever It Takes (Brooklyn Book Festival, 54 min, 47 sec)
Geoffrey Canada interviewed by Julian Bond (Institute for Public History, University of Virginia, Explorations in Black Leadership Series (1 hr 38 min 48 sec)
Promise Neighborhoods: Recommendations for a National Children's Anti-Poverty Program Inspired by the Harlem Children's Zone - PolicyLink & Harlem Children's Zone and A Results Focus for the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative - Harlem Children's Zone, PolicyLink, and The Center for the Study of Social Policy
Promise Neighborhoods - U.S. Department of Education