Beyond the Classroom: Collective Responsibility for Developing Proficiency in Urban Youth

Author: Rhonda H. Lauer, Foundations Inc.

This article addresses some of the challenges to building academic proficiency in urban youth and presents workable solutions. It also proposes a broader definition of proficiency, one that encompasses essential life skills as well as basic reading and mathematics skills. And finally, it provides examples of initiatives that move beyond the classroom and rely on long-term commitments and strategic partnerships to help children develop proficiency at every stage of life.