The Coalition for Community Schools believes that strong communities require strong schools and strong schools require strong communities. We envision a future in which schools are centers of thriving communities where everyone belongs, works together, and succeeds.
The Coalition advances opportunities for the success of children, families, and communities by promoting the development of more, and more effective, community schools.
• Foster Strong Partnerships - Partners share their resources and expertise and work together to design community schools and make them work
• Share Accountability for Results - Clear, mutually-agreed upon results drive the work of community schools. Data help partners measure progress toward results. Agreements enable them to hold each other accountable and move beyond "turf battles."
• Set High Expectations for All - Community Schools are organized to support learning. Children, youth, and adults are expected to learn at high standards and be contributing members of their community.
• Build on the Community's Strengths - Community schools marshal the assets of the entire community, including the people who live and work there, local organizations, and the school.
• Embrace Diversity - Community Schools know their communities. They work to develop respect and a strong positive identity for people of diverse backgrounds; and they are committed to the welfare of the whole community.
The Coalition's goals are to:
• Share information about successful community school policies, programs and practices;
• Build broader public understanding and support for community schools;
• Inform public and private-sector policies in order to strengthen community schools; and
• Develop sustainable sources of funding for community schools.
The Coalition works to achieve these goals through several types of activities:
• Conducting research about community schools that demonstrates their effectiveness and explores the tough challenges involved in creating and sustaining community schools.
• Convening national, regional and local community schools forums as well as Coalition partners meetings that help key stakeholders and their organizations move toward common ground;
• Maintaining a web site and regular email newsletter that provides learning opportunities about community schools and access the resources of our many partners;
• Promoting a policy framework at the federal, state and local levels that support community schools;
• Nurturing community school networks at the local and state levels, including an Urban Community Schools Network; and
• Carrying out public education efforts to help our citizens understand the importance of community schools.