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 Southeastern CSA, we heard from 4 participants. We collected these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA. All 4 participants 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 how schools should serve and help the community, and how they have the ability to be the center of the community. They also talked about how the schools should be responsive to community needs, and specifically referenced the idea that schools should help with neighborhood cleanup projects.
- There was also discussion about standards, curriculum, and instruction. Participants talked about the need to change the curriculum so that it is more relevant, and also shared praise regarding the increased use of technology in the classroom.
- Participants talked about teachers and school staff and called for better teacher-student interaction and relationships.