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National Awards for Excellence

Community Schools  National Awards for Excellence 2011  Applications now available!


Purpose:

To highlight the effectiveness and efficiency of community schools, the Coalition for Community Schools has established a national awards program.

Individual Community Schools that have been operating for at least 3 years, are public schools, and have demonstrated success.
Three individual schools will be recognized. Each winning school will receive $1,000.

SCREENING CRITERIA – ARE YOU A COMMUNITY SCHOOL?
The Coalition encourages nominations from any community school that meets the selection criteria outlined below. (*Note: past award winners may not apply again). While schools doing this work may not call themselves a community school (terms such as community learning centers, full service community schools are often used) they must at least meet the criteria below.

• A coordination mechanism, ideally a full-time site coordinator is in place.
• A site-based leadership team that includes many of the following stakeholders: the principal, the site coordinator, educators, families, residents, and community partners guides the work of the community school.
• Partnerships are in place with at least one of the following: community organizations, government agencies, institutions of higher education, faith-based organizations, or parent/family groups.
• A results based strategy that organizes the work of the school and partners toward achieving results to improve results for children, youth, and families is in place.

If you have implemented all of the above components, then you are eligible to apply for this award. To find out more about the school application extention, click here.

Community School Initiatives
: Joint efforts of schools and others stakeholders (e.g., local government, United Ways, foundations, higher education institutions and nonprofit community-based organizations) that have organized multiple community school sites with demonstrable results, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to going to scale with community schools across the community or school system.
Up to two initiatives will be recognized. Each winning initiative will receive $2,500.


SCREENING CRITERIA – ARE YOU A COMMUNITY SCHOOL INITIATIVE?
The Coalition encourages nominations from any community school initiative that meets the selection criteria outlined below. (*Note: past award winners may not apply again). While schools doing this work may not call themselves a community school (terms such as community learning centers, full service community schools are often used) they must at least meet the criteria below.

• Community schools as described in the screening criteria above are in place.
• A community leadership team provides the leadership, vision, and overall strategy for the initiative.
• An intermediary organization (e.g., a CBO, institution of higher education, United Way, consortium of organizations, local education fund, local government, school district, etc.) coordinates and manages the initiative.
• A results based strategy that organizes the work of the school and partners toward achieving results to improve results for children, youth, and families is in place.

If you have implemented all of the above components, then you are eligible to apply for this award.


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