College? Yes! City organizes campaign to promote higher education

On October 26‐28, people across the city of Springfield will be sporting their college t-shirts and sweatshirts everywhere they go - at school, church, work, recreational events - as a way to promote higher education and talk about their college experiences with young they got into college, what they studied (or wished they had!), and what it was like. It's all part of the College? Yes! campaign which also includes college information and readiness sessions for parents and students. SMI is facilitating the team leading the campaign.


Westerly Parent Academy launches September 2012

On September 15th, the community of Westerly, Rhode Island, gathered to officially launch the Westerly Parent Academy - the first academy of its kind in the state of Rhode Island. Read the Westerly Sun article about the event. School & Main Institute has been working with Westerly partners over the past year to develop the academy and its curriculum using SMI's unique collaborative "community as the campus" approach. Learn more about the SMI Parent Academy approach. 

Read this editorial, Showing Kids We're all Students, in the Westerly Sun.



Schools for the Future selected as Next Generation Wave III awardee

We're thrilled that Schools for the Future (SFF), a special incubator project of SMI, has been selected as a Next Generation Learning Wave III awardee! Read more about the NextGen award in the press release. Schools for the Future is a highly innovative school model for "far off track" students. Our longtime colleague Ephraim Weisstein, nationally known for his work in the area of competency-based education, is heading up this exciting initiative. The new SFF Detroit school opens its doors in September 2012. SFF is also an Investing in Innovation (i3) finalist...the application is in and we have our fingers crossed. Visit the SFF website to learn more about the project. To learn more about competency-based education, visit Competency Works.

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Founded in 1985 at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, School & Main Institute (SMI) has grown into a nationally recognized, independent non-profit training and partnership development organization that has worked with organizations and state agencies in more than 35 states.


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