April 2016 Newsletter


 Vol. XV - Issue 4 - April 2016

In This Issue


2016 Community Schools National Forum Recap 

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The 2016 National Forum brought together over 1,700 practitioners, advocates, and policymakers from 44 states and eight countries for an exciting week of learning and growth. We truly appreciate our countless partners, sponsors, and colleagues for making this conference possible. Take a look at our Forum highlights page that includes many of the presentations and articles. You can also check out our Storify for social media highlights. Videos and pictures are coming soon! 

Community Schools: Much More than Wrap-Around Services  

In a Huffington Post blog,we discuss how the community schools strategy is much more than "wrap-around services," they also focus on family and community engagement and enhance learning opportunities. Read More>

Partner Spotlight: AASA, The School Superintendents Association

This month, we talk to an essential coalition partner, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, about their efforts to support superintendents. Bryan Joffe, AASA project director, discusses their work as well as their support for community schools. AASA was awarded the National Partner Award at our recent Forum and co-convenes the Community Schools Superintendents Leadership Council, which is open to any superintendent interested in supporting community schools (contact Maame Appiah to include your superintendent). Bryan reflects on the enthusiasm he saw at the Forum, and what we can do as partners to keep the momentum going. Read More>

Help Create Voluntary Standards for Community Schools                            


Partners in the Coalition have been developing voluntary standards for individual community schools and we need your help! The voluntary standards are intended to help stakeholders at new and existing community schools think about ways to start and strengthen their efforts together. Please take a look at the draft standards and give us your feedback on how to make the standards even more useful. Click here to participate in the survey, which will remain open through May. 


Add your school! Find others! Join and use the Community School Directory


The Community Schools Directory collects and shares information about community school initiatives including their location, the services they offer, and the results they seek. Register your school in the directory and then search the data to find community schools near you or those working in similar supports and opportunities. You can also read more in the Preliminary Highlights Report here.

Opportunities and Resources

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ESSA, Equity of Opportunity, and Addressing Barriers to Learning

The UCLA Psychology Department has released an analysis on how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has focused on addressing barriers to learning and re-engaging disconnected students. The report concludes that it will take some thinking outside the box to reach the full potential of the bill. Read More>

Leadership Learning Exchange

IEL and East Carolina University are hosting a Summer Leadership Learning Exchange July 17-21, 2016.  Breathing Joy and Justice into School and Community Leadership is an interactive, 4-day institute utilizing the latest research on achieving collective impact for equitable and excellent schools.  During the institute school- and community-based teams including school leaders, teachers, middle and high school students, counselors, parent leaders or coordinators, and nonprofit partners will practice useful and transferable strategies that strengthen cross sector school-community leadership and engage in necessary conversations about race, class, and equity.

New ED Data-Sharing Toolkit For Communities

The United States Department of Education has released a toolkit to inform community leaders on how to share data while also maintaining privacy for students. The toolkit breaks down the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) into a simplified and manageable guide for school districts and schools.
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ED School Climate Survey

The United States Department of Education has released a free set of school climate surveys. You can learn more about the surveys here

Every Hour Counts: Messages Made Simple

Every Hour Counts is releasing a communications toolkit in early May to help the expanded learning field more easily explain their work. Register for their webinar on May 5, 2-3:15 PM EST

Universal Design Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act

CAST Learning is hosting a webinar on the role of Universal Design Learning (UDL) in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA now defines and endorses UDL as a scientifically-based approach for personalized learning. Join CAST for a webinar on Tuesday, May 17th on how this change may effect practitioners and researchers. Register here

Supporting Our Students: It Takes Everyone 

Education Nation and WBAL 11 partnered together to host a parent town hall on how families can work in their schools and community to support youth in Baltimore.  Watch the recording of the town hall here

News (National Forum Edition)

Building Together: The rise of community schools evident at the 2016 National Forum (Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

Susan Gobreski and Holly Gonzalez from Philadelphia were two of the 1,700+ participants who attended the National Forum. They discuss how their attendance will strengthen the efforts of Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s community school initiative, which seeks to create 25 community schools. Read More>

Albuquerque teaching the value of community schools in local neighborhoods (Albuquerque Journal)

This year’s National Forum showcased some of the many positive influences community schools can have in communities like Albuquerque. Partnerships with programs and services in their 20+ community schools have drastically helped improve the community’s and their students’ overall growth. Read More>

The Rise of Albuquerque’s Successful Community Schools Program (Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board)

During this year’s National Forum, educators from around the country and world experienced Albuquerque’s homegrown Homework Diner program firsthand. Homework Diners unite parents, teachers, volunteers, tutors and culinary students to help students with their homework while sharing a meal together. Read More>

More News 


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