Toward the end of 2013, the Fund for Educational Excellence embarked on an intensive study of Baltimore residents’ views on their public schools. Over the course of four months in 2014, we heard from 859 Baltimore residents representing all 55 community statistical areas (CSAs) in Baltimore City through a series of intimate conversations about schools and neighborhoods.
In the Northwood CSA, we heard from 20 participants. We collected most of these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA, along with additional responses via an online survey. Of the 20 participants, 19 chose to submit at least some demographic data.
Some of the themes that we heard most often from participants in our discussions included:
- Participants discussed some concerns with teachers and school staff, including the opinion that many teachers lack care for students and passion for their work. Participants also talked about the high rate of teacher turnover and burnout.
- There was also discussion about standards, curriculum and instruction, and participants shared their belief that learning standards for students must be raised.
- Participants talked about activities and options for students, and requested an increase in the availability of stimulating programs, especially after-school programs.