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Celebrating our 2013 Community Schools
National Awards for Excellence Winners!

2013 Community Schools National Awards for Excellence

Coalition for Community Schools honored five high-performing community schools and initiatives with the 2013 Community Schools National Awards for Excellence during the Community Schools Education Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year’s awardees represented the great work community school initiatives and schools are doing across the country – and they exemplify a core belief of the Coalition: that schools and communities are inextricably connected and must work closely together for the benefit of very child.

To read more about the National Awards for Excellence recipients, view the full booklet. 

Policy Briefing

The Policy Briefing held on June 6th, kicked off the Community Schools Education Day. Representative Judy Chu (California) and Congressman Steven Chabot (Ohio) spoke at the event, supporting the DIPLOMA Act and Cincinnati’s success respectively.

National partners highlighted the importance of community schools and introduced the work of our exemplar winners, including:
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Karen Key, Vice President for Programs, National Human Services Assembly
  • Kevin McCartney, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Boys and Girls Club
  • Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
  • Clifford Johnson, Executive Director, and Audrey Hutchinson, Program Director, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities

Following the Policy Briefing, community school advocates met with 38 legislator's office (e.g., Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rob Portman (R- Ohio), etc.) to discuss their work and impact, significantly raising awareness among legislators and Hill staff about the value of community schools in their districts and states. We hope you will continue to advocate for community schools in your own communities and to policymakers. To learn more about these policies, visit our Community Schools Education Day page.

See links to some helpful tools below:

The Coalition is excited about the awareness and support for community schools we raised, and thank you to all those who helped make this a great success!

Watch video from the awards day and policy briefing, please see highlights below:

Review profiles and videos of awardees being honored, please see links below.

Community Schools Awardees:
Harmon Johnson Elementary School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School

Click here.

Community Schools Initiative Awardees
Cincinnati Community Learning Centers
Hartford Community Schools
Click here.

View photos from the Awards and Education Day.

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