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2011 National CS Awards for Excellence Winners

2011 National CS Awards for Excellence Winners

Download Profiles of 2011 National Community Schools Award for Excellence Winners!
Access the Event Agenda here. 

 
 
 
This year’s 2011 Community Schools for Excellence award winners, Roy Clark Elementary, Ethel Taylor Academy, and Glencliff High School, demonstrate a deep commitment to success for their students. They understand that success demands engaging the school with families and the community. The commitment and innovative thinking of the staff of the school and its community partners reflects the best of what people can do when they work together toward a common goal.
 
These community schools exemplify a core belief of the Coalition: Schools, communities and families are inextricably connected and must work closely together for the benefit of every child.
 
Although each of these schools have different challenges and assets, they share a common vision for how deep and purposeful partnerships with other organizations can be well-integrated in the life of the school; they recognize the importance of building strong families and communities around the school. They have learned how to sustain their work by leveraging the resources of the entire community; grants may come and go, but partners stay committed and engaged. Most importantly, these community schools are getting results with high needs students.
 
  • Roy Clark Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma is leveraging resources from 30 partners to support their students, reaching out purposefully to families through home visits, offering free medical services, and academic enrichment. From 2008-2011, Roy Clark students Increased overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores from 799 to 1217 (max score=1500) for subgroup encompassing all students in both reading and math, and 100% of their families participated in parent teachers conferences, which is up from 68%. Read the press coverage of this awardee here and a press release from the office of Oklahoma Senator Inhofe here.
 
  • Ethel Taylor Academy has seen a 42.4% increase in the number of students scoring "Proficient" or higher on the Ohio Achievement Assessments. Because the school has made it a priority to identify subject areas where there are deficiencies, and establish partnerships and allocate resources to meet these needs. The school’s four focus areas: academics, parental involvement, community engagement, and health and wellness, have all shown great improvements since implementing their community schools strategy. Read the press coverage of this awardee here.
 
  • Glencliff High School in addition to providing supports and services before, during, and after the school day Glencliff is implementing career academies in partnership with the business community works with community partners to meet many urgent student and family needs, including flooding or unexpected refugee resettlement in the community. Glencliff High School boast students from 42 countries and a graduation rate that rose from 66.4% to 81.2% from 2007-2011. Read the press coverage of this awardee here.
 
We congratulate these community schools, their school systems and their communities. They are beacons to everyone in our nation who cares about achieving better results for our vulnerable children and youth.

The Coalition and its national and local partners came together June 16th at the Capitol Visitors Center for a breakfast and policy conversation on Capitol Hill celebrating the 2011 National Community Schools Awards for Excellence winners.

The event was co-sponsored by House Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). These Members have been strong supporters of the community school strategy, having introduced the Full Service Community Schools Act of 2011, the DIPLOMA Act of 2011, and the Supporting Community Schools Act of 2011.
 
Following the ceremony, community school leaders and practitioners visted with 38 Members of Congress, educating them on how the community school strategy is being implemented in their states and districts.


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