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Community School Coordinators Network

Community School Coordinators 

Community school coordinators are the key to a community school. A good way to think about your job is to think of yourself as the "community organizer" of the school and community. You create, strengthen, and maintain the bridge between the school and community. Community school coordinators facilitate and provide leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for children, families and community members within a school neighborhood.
  
A coordinator is often the "liaison" and "connector" for many different areas.  Some of these include:
  • Parent/Family Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Youth Development
  • Strategic Alignment: Deepening Partnerships and Academic Alignment
  • Partnerships: Health , Mental Health, Tutoring, After school programming, Mentoring, Early Childhood

Coordinator Stories 

Here are some stories that express the work of a community school coordinator.

"In some ‘community schools,’ nonprofit staffers emerge as key school leaders"

"Fist bumps and a war room: A day in the life of a community school director"



Resources for Coordinators 

Role and Job Descriptions
To get a sense of the duties of a community school coordinator, here are a few examples of job descriptions for coordinator positions at community school initiatives around the country:

Community School Coordinators Network
The Community School Coordinators Network is a forum for Community School Coordinators to share ideas and experiences, ask questions and get answers and have a centralized place to find resources and tools.  Some community schools initiatives have many coordinators to support each other, others may only have a few, either way this network is a place to make connections so that no one has to reinvent the wheel and we can all learn from each other. The Coalition has built a website platform to provide the resources and a space for the network to interact and grow. Join the network here.

Network Goals:
  • Serve as a professional learning community for community school coordinators.
  • Act as the "pulse" for the community schools field and the Coalition staff, by sharing shared local resources and best practices.

Membership:
The Network members’ are people working in a coordinating position at local community schools. Their role broadly encompasses mobilizing and aligning partners with the work of the school and coordinating opportunities and supports for students, their families and the community. These individuals manager relationships between schools and external community partners including community-based organizations, businesses, health and human service agencies and  institutions of higher education, among others. Criteria includes:
  • Must currently be working in a community school.
  • Can be a part-time coordinator for one or more schools.
  • Cannot be a supervisor/director for multiple coordinators within an initiative, unless she is also a community school coordinator for one of the schools within the initiative.

Please note that coordinators will be required to fill in a screening sheet to join the network; Individuals not meeting these exact criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
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