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Citizen Schools in Texas: : Winter 2011
Citizen Schools

February, 2011

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Texas Advisory Board Members
WOW! Season and CT Thanks
Citizens for Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools and Microsoft Pathfinder Program

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Citizen Schools Friend,


We start the New Year excited about the opportunity to strengthen and grow our Expanded Learning Time (ELT) efforts in Texas. Our pioneering ELT site in Houston, Jane Long Middle School, has shown strong results in driving increased enrollment, attendance and grades in early measures.

As noted in a recent front page story in the Houston Chronicle (, Jane Long's partnership with Citizen Schools has reversed a trend of declining enrollment in the school. More kids are enrolling in Jane Long, their attendance is better, and, most importantly, their grades, particularly in math, appear to be on an upward swing, as well.


We are committed to closing the achievement gap in middle school for our kids and to ensuring that as we grow we are doing so in a manner that has that intended effect. To that end, Abt Associates, a nationally recognized research and evaluation firm, will be making its first visit to Jane Long this month to start a several years long process of measuring and evaluating ELT at the school to ensure that we obtain the results we desire for our kids.


We continue to meet with and evaluate other schools in Austin and Houston for ELT this next school year. While we, like everyone, face a challenging funding environment, we are encouraged by increasing support from a number of foundations and corporations across the state. Moreover, the partnership we have forged with Jane Long has served as a template for how we can make ELT happen - from programmatic, school partnership, community engagement, and funding perspectives - at other schools and in other communities across our state. And, thanks in large part to your continued interest and support, make it happen we will.


We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2011!



Todd Litton

Executive Director

Adult volunteerTexas Advisory Board Members 

Citizen Schools has the privilege of working with amazing volunteers who believe in serving our students, and this sentiment is shared by our Austin and Houston Advisory Boards. These advisory boards consist of community volunteers, educators, business professionals and city leaders. Both boards recently held their first meetings of 2011 and we would like to acknowledge all of our board members' hard work while thanking them for their commitment. Read more >>

CT teaching bike buildingWOW! Season and CT Thanks

We would like to congratulate all of our students on this year's wonderful WOW! Season. Students involved in Robotics, Italian Cooking, Video Game Design, Theater and other great apprenticeships showcased everything they learned this semester at WOW!s at their campuses, Reliant Arena and George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center in Austin. Several students in Austin even held a WOW! at the Texas State Capitol! Read more >>

C4CS LogoCitizens for Citizen Schools

Join our Team by sharing your story of interest in Citizen Schools.  Whether you are a volunteer, a supporter or just a fan, join our fundraising campaign by sharing our story - and yours-- with your network of colleagues, friends and families.  Each spring, we reach out to build a grassroots campaign to raise both money and awareness.  This year, our Texas Team is plans to double the impact of our campaign to benefit our programs in Houston and Austin.  This campaign is electronic, thru and begins with our staff in February.  We involve volunteers March - May.  If you would like to participate, contact our Development Director Ann Howard at 512-476-1633 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              512-476-1633      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or

South Africa boothCitizen Schools and Microsoft Pathfinder Program

Houston, TX - January 25, 2011 - Today Microsoft Partners in Learning is announcing a new class of Pathfinder and Mentor Schools, which will be joining the Innovative Schools Program, part of Microsoft's 10-year $500M initiative to help teachers and school leaders more effectively use technology as a tool for teaching and learning. Houston's Jane Long Middle School was chosen after a rigorous global application process, and joins a global community of 80 schools in 46 countries.  Read more >>


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