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Highlights: 2014 Community Schools National Forum

2014 National Forum Resources

The 2014 National Forum brought together over 1,400 practitioners, advocates, and policymakers from across 36 states. Along with these individuals came a wealth of knowledge and resources. Download these resources, including presentation slides and packets, that speakers and presenters used during sessions at the National Forum. These resources are organized by themes and then individual workshops.

If you were a presenter and haven't sent in your resources for the field, please contact Devon Minerve at

Plenary Speaker Highlights

Click on playlist at the top left of the video below or click here for videos of full plenaries and individual speakers.

Newly Launched at the 2014 National Forum

New Community Schools Video

New #communityschools video by @OUSDNews youth and Media Enterprise Alliance launched at #opp4all Nat'l Forum

Community Schools Equity Framework
This past year, the Coalition for Community Schools has been developing ways to more deeply embed an equity focus in existing community schools and to drive community schools forward as an equity strategy. This draft framework is a work in progress to articulate our beliefs and plan of action towards an equity agenda for the community schools movement. Click here to download the framework and provide feedback.

Community Schools Leadership Awards

The Coalition for Community Schools was proud to present an inaugral set of awards recognizing excellence in leadership within the community schools field. Awards included Joy Dryfoos Community Schools Lifetime Achievement Award, National Partner Award, Superintendent Leadership Award, and two Community Schools Initiative Leadership Awards. Read more about the awardees and their achievements. 

Media and Press at the National Forum

WLWT Channel 5 News, NBC affiliate - Cincinnati to Host Coalition for Community Schools Convention in April

This coverage by WLWT Channel 5 highlights City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld and Duke Energy Convention Center CEO as Cincinnati prepare for the 2014 Community Schools National Forum. 

WLWT Channel 5 News Covering the National Forum - Educators Learn from Cincy's Community School Model

Watch WLWT Channel 5 Reporter John London cover the 2014 Community School National Forum in Cincinnati, Ohio. View highlights of site visits at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill as well as short interviews with participants.


CPS Success may Become National Model - By Cincinnati Enquirer Reporter Jessica Brown
This article highlights interviews with Darlene Kamine, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Community Learning Center Institute, and Forum attendees, including Peggy Samolinski (Multnomah County, OR), Jan Creveling (Tulsa, OK), and Community School Initiative Leadership Award winner Jose Munos (Albuquerque, NM).

Throng of Educators from 36 States Gather in Cincinnati to Plot More Successful Schools - By WCPO Reporter Bob Driehaus(Subscription only)
Reporter Driehaus highlights the buzz around the Community Schools 2014 National Forum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Academic and Career Success Begins with Fewer Suspensions and More Support, Academics Contend - By WCPO Reporter Bob Driehaus (Subscription only)
This article highlights how community schools help redirect students away from the school to prison pipeline.

Cincinnati Enquirer Op-ED by Marty Blank
An Op-Ed by Coalition Director Martin Blank highlights the impact of Community Learning Centers in Cincinnati.

Why Community Schools are part of the Answer - By Brock Cohen, The Washington Post - The Answer Sheet. Cohen reflects on his experiene at the National Forum through the lens of young leaders.

Nonprofit and for-profit partners help Cincinnati transform its failing schools - By Susan Frey, EdSource

CAS' Quinn Honored by National Community Schools Coalition - By New York Nonprofit Press

ACSA Leader Receives National Community Schools Award - By Insurance News Net


Picture Highlights

Credits to Photographer Cameron Knight

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