When Chicago's Office of New Americans was initiated last July for the stated purpose of making Chicago "the most immigrant-friendly city in the world," Mayor Rahm Emanuel held up LSNA as a model of parent engagement that other schools in the district should emulate.
When Nancy Aardema joined LSNA as executive director in the mid-1980s, she focused on integrating into the association the more recent immigrants from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba who had replaced the European immigrants who previously had dominated the area.
LSNA programs and leadership training have created schools that are more family-friendly and trusted by parents--thereby enabling parents to play a significant role in the school and in their children's learning.
LSNA realizes the community school model by using a community organizing strategy to build parent participation and leadership at schools, thereby achieving strong, trusting relationships, or social capital.
LSNA: Organizing around the Issues that Impact Urban Schools
Within this diverse and dynamic neighborhood, LSNA organizes and works on a multitude of issues including housing, health care, immigration, jobs, and education.
"The Neighborhood Association offers this beautiful model for immigrant families--as resources to themselves and their community," adds Juliet de Jesus Alejandra, a service learning coordinator who facilitates projects between LSNA
and Kelvyn Park High Schools' Social Justice Academy.
Maury's Chief Technology Officer Gary Simpson described recent activity,"During the 2004 to 2007 period, the common industry name moved from LSNA to NVNA.
Their work led to the development of a small number of commercial large-signal network analyzers (LSNAs), today called nonlinear vector network analyzers (NVNAs), that provide comprehensive solutions.
The LSNA has been a steady feature of the community for many years, but it was not until recently that it emerged as a strong force in the development of community schools.
Nancy Aardema, executive director of LSNA, believes that the success of the collaboration began when the neighborhood "opened the schools at times when they are normally locked up." When the school bell rings in the afternoon only a portion of the students leave the school grounds.
used six major strategies: safe school zones; rallies; drug prevention curriculum in schools; after school programs for youth; block clubs; and identification of crime and drug hot spots.