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September Newsletter 2015


 Vol. XII - Issue 9 - September 2015

In This Issue

New Report: A Framework for Better Learning


We are pleased to share a new learning framework for community schoolsStrengthening learning through partnerships that mobilize all the assets of communities is the key to ensuring all children are ready for college, career, and citizenship. In our new report, we offer a framework that demonstrates how learning is central to the community school strategy. We look forward to exploring the role of learning in community schools with you at our National Forum, where our theme, Rising Together: Learning across Family, School, and Community, will extend our conversation about this essential topic. Download the Framework>

Congress Gets Closer to Replacing No Child Left Behind

This summer, both the House and Senate passed their own bills to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  Education stakeholders are hopeful Congress can get a final bill across the finish line this year to replace what most agree is a broken law.  The Coalition for Community Schools can point to key wins for the community schools movement that were incorporated into the Senate bill. Read More>

Partner Spotlight - Communities in Schools

Recently, the Coalition interviewed one of our partners, Dan Cardinali who is president of Communities In Schools, Inc., one of the nation’s largest dropout prevention organizations, with operations in 26 states and the District of Columbia.  In addition to providing us with some updates and information on the work of Communities in Schools,  he also shared some resources that we want to share. Read More >

Welcome Spotlight

New Steering Committee Members
The Coalition is pleased to welcome five new Steering Committee members: 
  • Aaron Dorsey, Manager, Caucus Services, National School Board Association
  • Sabrina Evans Ellis, Executive Director, Youth Development Institute
  • Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
  • Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • John Schlitt, President, School-Based Health Alliance

See our entire Steering Committee here.

California State Network

This month, our partners in California launched the California Community Schools Network! The network has great resources, a map of CA community school initiatives, and ways to interact with colleagues around the state. Check out their website and follow them on Twitter (@CACommSchools). 

Opportunities and Resources 


Community Schools National Forum 2016

Save the Date! -  The Coalition, in collaboration with the ABC Community Schools Partnership, will host the 2016 National ForumRising Together: Learning across School, Family and Community. Save the date for April 6-8, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. Registration is coming next month. Prices and hotel info are available now on our website.

Request for Proposals – To submit a workshop proposal, download the RFP guidelines here and submit your proposal here. The deadline to submit is October 9thContact Jenn Masutani with questions.

2016 National School-Based Health Care Convention - Call for Workshop Proposals Now Open!

Our partner, the School-Based Health Alliance seeks experts and innovators to present at the upcoming National School-Based Health Care Convention in Arlington, Virginia, June 26-29, 2016. Share your experience, evidence-based practices, resources, and tools with the school-based health care field.  Submit an abstract to present here. The call for abstracts closes October 26th, so don’t delay.

CAS Community Schools Practicum 2015

The current generation of community schools started more than two decades ago, building on a legacy that goes back to Progressive era leaders such as John Dewey and Jane Addams.  What can we learn from the distant and recent past that can inform our work as we move ahead? Join the Children’s Aid Society’s Practicum Leading Community Schools: Assessing the Past Inventing the Future on Oct 14-16. Register Here>

Evaluation of the Canyons Community Schools Initiative

The Ohio State University’s Community and Youth Collaborative Institute has released an evaluation of the Community Schools Initiative in Canyons School District. While there is still much to be done, a strong foundation has been established that will help these schools and communities continue addressing unmet needs. Read More>

Attendance Works Forges Links to Community Schools

Schools and communities across the country are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month in September, using everything from public service announcements to data analysis to draw attention to the issue of chronic absenteeism. Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign, two national nonprofits, launched the month-long celebration with a report released September 1: Mapping the Early Attendance Gap: Charting a Course for Student Success. Read More.


Providence, RI: How an unconventional principal turned around a struggling urban school

In the past four years, Gara Field has done more than boost morale at Pleasant View Elementary, an urban school that has struggled for years with leadership churn and low test scores. This summer, Field found out that the district budget included funding so that Pleasant View can remain a full-service community school for another year. Read More>

Racial Equity Tools

Recently, Racial Equity Tools,  an organization designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity, shared new resources that relate to a variety of aspects of the community schools field as it relates to our educators, coordinators, and partners. Access the list of tools here>  

More News 


The Coalition for Community Schools believes that strong communities require strong schools and strong schools require strong communities. We envision a future in which schools are centers of thriving communities where everyone belongs, works together, and succeeds. The Coalition advances opportunities for the success of children, families and communities by promoting the development of more and more effective, community schools. The Coalition for Community Schools is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

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