What is a Commmunity School?

A Community School is a strategy that coordinates relationships and resources through a public school to accelerate equitable outcomes in health, education and employment.

Community schools are public schools that partner with stakeholders to create the conditions students need to thrive. Learn more at https://communityschools.futureforlearning.org.



"The Re-Opening: Community Schools as a Vehicle to Advance Equity" (Thursday, October 15 from 3:30-5:00 PM EST)

 Across America Community Schools have proven to play a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Now as schools reopen, Community Schools continue to serve as a vehicle to advance equity amidst the health, racial, and economic crises our country is facing.

"Therefore, school districts, municipalities and counties across the U.S. should look at Community Schools not only for advancing education, but as an emergency preparedness strategy that addresses any crisis by creating a culture of community care that re-envisions the way we view education systems," stated by Aqsa Rashid, Next Generation Coalition Co-Chair, in her op-ed (https://bit.ly/CoalitionOpEd).

This webinar features real time solutions by current professionals of community-wide Community School initiatives as they highlight innovative ways Community Schools are addressing:

• Reengaging Students
• Serving Special Populations
• Family & Community Engagement
• Teaching & Learning
• Health & Social-Emotional Supports

A moderated discussion will include time for questions from attendees.

Our distinguished Community School professionals include:

• Carla Feltz, Vancouver Public Schools – Vancouver, WA
• Carol Paine-McGovern, Kent School Services Network – Grand Rapids, MI
• Christa Rowland, United Way of Treasure Valley – Boise, ID
• Danette Townsend, ABC Community School Partnership – Albuquerque, NM
• Dr. Donnie Hale, UCF Center for Community Schools – Florida
• Heather Naviasky, The Y in Central Maryland – Baltimore, MD
• Jim Grim, IUPUI Office of Community Engagement – Indiana
• Julie Borst, Save Our Schools NJ Community Organizing, and NJ Community Schools Coalition – New Jersey
• Laura Elliot, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County – Asheville, NC
• Nuchette M. Black-Burke, M. Ed., Hartford Public Schools – Hartford, CT
• Ryan Hurley, Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership – Milwaukee, WI
• Sarah Jonas, New York City DOE Department of Community Schools – New York, NY

"Virtual Youth Town Hall: Engaging Through and Beyond COVID-19" (Thursday, October 22 from 6:30-8:00 PM EST)

Across the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities and forced schools to become more collaborative and compassionate to ensure the success of all youth under all different circumstances. As we persist through the global pandemic, this moment offers us an opportunity to amplify youth voices to be catalysts of change and foster youth-adult partnerships to effectively advance equity together.

Join the Coalition for Community Schools’ Next Generation Coalition (NGC) on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 PM EST - 8:00 PM EST, in a youth-led town hall to discuss the ongoing process of reopening schools (in-person, hybrid, and virtually), inequities we are experiencing, and advice for youth and adult partners to implement now and for years to come.

On this town hall, youth will discuss:
• How youth (primarily in high school) are feeling about their schooling situation (virtual, in-person, and hybrid);
• Challenges youth and schools are experiencing and innovations they are driving; and
• Suggestions to better support youth and youth-adult partnerships.

A Q&A session will follow moderated topic discussions.

Active Family and Community Engagement Resources

CreatED by Crayola
Creative at-home learning resources: Art-infused lesson plans, parents resources, create-to-learn kits, and art sets & inspiration.

Families In Schools Coronia Virus Resources
Learning resources and services to keep families and supported across districts, counties, states and nationwide.

Reach all your students’ families in their home languages to build strong partnerships.This free for educators app supports two-way communication in multiple home languages. It is easy to use via the web or on the app.  It will translate up to over 100+ languages. Can send individual or group messages up to 200 individuals per teacher.
ClassDojo is an educational technology communication app and website. It connects primary school teachers, students and families through communication features, such as a feed for photos and videos from the school day, and messaging that can be translated into more than 35 languages and has been used in 180 countries.
Whether you need a way to reach and engage families or share resources that help stakeholders teach and learn, Remind helps you stay connected with your students and families.
Have a conversation in two languages and hear your voice translated instantly. This works best for text messaging or in person for short conversations.
A free app to easily communicate with families. You can send pictures and instantly message parents.. 

Integrated Student Supports Resources

Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and protecting vulnerable students and staff, to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Guidance for childcare programs and schools is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when there is no community transmission (preparedness phase), 2) when there is minimal to moderate community transmission, and 3) when there is substantial community transmission.

HIPAA and FERBA changes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Stay up to date with HIPAA and FERBA changes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Collaborative Leadership and Practice Resources

U.S. Department of Education's Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability udner the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Fact Sheet
This fact sheet discusses the potential implications of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on State assessment and accountability systems. This fact sheet also addresses other considerations regarding the use of Federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).

Return on Investment of a Community School Coordinator: A Case Study
The community school strategy has been proven effective in improving academic outcomes for students and it is well accepted among practitioners that a crucial piece of this strategy is the Coordinator. The ROI for the Coordinator for the five-year period estimates every $1 invested in the coordinator will return $7.11 net benefits. 

Specific Resources

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Online Resources
A list of resources that families may access during this time of school closure. These resources have been curated to support at-home enrichment. All resources offer high-quality and free content. As a resource, students should start on their school’s library portal pages which are provided at the bottom of this document. Each school library portal will provide students access to databases and programs that they are currently using in their schools. 

Medium: Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs
COVID-19 resources--translation, labor issues, community-sourced guides--for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs)

Mutual Aid Networks (MAN) in North America + Mutual Aid Hub/Map
Mutual Aid Networks (MANs) are a new type of networked cooperative creating means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community. 


The Rand Corporation's new Impact Study provides evidence that Community Schools are effective in increasing graduation rates and student achievement, and in reduce chronic adsenteeism and siciplinary incidents. For more information, click here

Build the Movement

Support the Coalition for Community Schools’ census to count the number of Community Schools nationwide. 

Community Schools provide an equity-driven, researched-based strategy for uniting, schools, families and communities for young people’s success. As an ecosystem of national, state and local cross-sector leaders, the Coalition for Community Schools has supported the growth and development of Community Schools since 1998.   

Stimulated by the Coalition, there has been an insurgence of proof, through research and growth activity in the field, that Community Schools have positive impact. There are now approximately 5,000 reported Community Schools across the country, with growing demand in rural, suburban, and urban communities and emerging international interest. With nearly 100,000 public schools, the Coalition has set an ambitious goal of 25,000 Community Schools by 2025 that will reach over 10,000,000 children and youth.   

We are proud to launch this census effort, which has been informed extensively by input and feedback from Community Schools coordinators, network leaders and others. Through partnership, we will all continue to lead the way as advocates and supporters of Community Schools. Participation in this census marks the beginning of the journey for the field to collectively meet this goal.  The long-term vision is to galvanize a critical mass of public schools that are creating the conditions, capacities, cultures and policies necessary for everyone to succeed.   

As leaders in the field, we are requesting for you to coordinate the effort in your community to respond to the brief census survey found in the link below. The process is straight-forward and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. We ask that you please do the following: 

·        Complete one survey per school 

·        Ensure school-level site coordinators complete the survey for their respective schools 


Thank you in advance for your contributions to this effort and your continued partnership and support for the growth of the Community Schools movement. 

Once you complete your survey, tweet about your enthusiasm about the growth of Community Schools using #25K by 2025.         

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