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The Big Lift
Meeting family needs in a city of widening wealth gaps is a big lift. Dozens of studies show that when parents or guardians are engaged in their kids’ education, it has a huge impact. Not just on academics but on a student’s attendance, self-esteem, and behavior in class. That’s true across income levels. That’s why the San Francisco Unified School District created the position of “family liason” fifteen years ago: to build trust and get families in the door. Reporter Lee Romney followed the work of one family liaison at a high-poverty school for a year.
This program originally aired on KALW’s Crosscurrents.
Image Credit: Lee Romney/KALW
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- Mauricha Robinson – Family Liaison, George Washington Carver elementary school
- Emmanuel Stewart – Principal, George Washington Carver elementary school
- Jewell Taylor – Parent, George Washington Carver elementary school
- Ashley Bonton – Social Worker
- LaRonnda Hampton – Parent
- Sarah Thomas – Parent
- Reporter: Lee Romney
- Editor: Lisa Morehouse
- Engineer: Tarek Fouda
- This program originally aired on KALW’s Crosscurrents.
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- Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
- Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
- Audience Engagement Manager: Dylan Heuer
- Associate Producer: Aysha Choudhary
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