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United Way and Cleveland Metropolitan School District Announce Lead Agencies for Invesment Schools

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United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced seven lead agency partners to organize academic and social support tailored specifically for students in nine low-performing schools. The schools and their lead agency partners are:

Adlai E. Stevenson
Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Play House
Case Western Reserve University
University Settlement
George Washington Carver STEM
Burton, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Cuyahoga County Community College
Michael R. White STEM
Case Western Reserve University
Patrick Henry


Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said the school wraparound concept is not new.

“We have known for decades that when it comes to educating the youth of our communities, schools can’t do it alone,” said Gordon. “By partnering with community agencies we are focusing not only on delivering quality instruction and supports, but also on addressing the needs of students and their families on a broader scale to ensure student success.”

The wraparound strategy enables teachers and principals to focus exclusively on teaching students. Integrating community services in schools will help kids reach their academic goals by reducing barriers to learning such as hunger, unstable living situations and unresolved medical conditions.

“Our work with CMSD and lead agencies is about alignment,” said United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson. “We’re aligning community support to meet the academic and environmental needs of our kids. It takes all of us to help kids succeed.”

The selected lead agencies will hire site coordinators to work solely in the schools implementing wraparound strategies. Site coordinators are responsible for identifying and collaborating with social services tailored to the needs of their school, the students and the surrounding community.

More information about United Way and CMSD’s partnership to implement wraparound strategies is available at

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is one of 23 school districts in the Portfolio School District Network, facilitated by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and, with a growing list of community partners, is committed to building a school system where students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles and academic needs of each student. For more information, visit

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