State Coalitions Network

Community Schools State Coalitions Network

Purpose: The purpose of state coalitions is to provide a means for local and state community schools stakeholders to connect, deepen their knowledge and skills, and advocate for supportive policies at the state level.

State coalitions are especially important given the continued growth of local initiatives, the devolution of power to states through the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the rising interest from Governors and state legislators for community schools. State coalitions focus on four strategies: 1) stakeholder engagement; 2) policy/advocacy; 3) professional learning; and 4) communications/messaging.

Coalition are emerging in approximately 15 states. A list of emerging state coalitions, their lead organizations and contacts are below. Emerging state coalitions include: CA, IL, IN, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK, Pacific Northwest (OR and WA), PA, TN, TX, WI.

State Coalitions Network Goals:

  • Serve as a learning community for leaders of state community school coalitions.
  • Inform Coalition staff of the needs, challenges and opportunities in their states.

Interested in Joining the Network? To inquire about joining, contact Mary Kingston Roche at


Lead Organization(s)




Partnership for Children and Youth

Deanna Niebuhr


Federation for Community Schools

Melissa Mitchell


IUPUI, Evansville Vanderburgh School District

Jim Grim


Maryland Out of School Time Network, Family League of Baltimore

Julia Baez


Kent School Services Network

Carol Paine McGovern


Education Minnesota, Brooklyn Center Community Schools

Patrice Howard


Montclair State University, Rutgers University

Bryan Murdock


ABC Community Schools Partnership

Jose Munoz


Children's Aid Society, SUNY Binghamton, Network for Youth Success

Terry Kim


Center for Community School Strategies

Paige Whalen

Pacific Northwest (OR, WA)

Vancouver Public Schools, SUN Schools

Tamara Shoup


PA Department of Education, United Way of Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia Office of the Mayor, University of Pennsylvania Netter Center

Pam Smith


Metro Nashville Public Schools

Alison McArthur


AFT Texas, Austin Voices for Education and Youth

Dena Donaldson


Milwaukee Education Association, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, United Way of Greater Milwaukee

Ryan Hurley


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