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December Newsletter


 Vol. XIII - Issue 11 - December 2015

In This Issue

A Year In Review

2015 Top 10 Pic
Here are our picks for the top 10 community school achievements for 2015. They showcase the amazing growth and momentum we have accomplished together. Read More>   

Forum Early Bird Special: Register Now!


Register before December 31 for the early bird special! 

Recently, our forum host partners Albuquerque Community Schools, sat down with a local news channel to discuss the increased progress and success of their growing community schools initiative. Learn about this initiative and more like it at the 2016 Community Schools National Forum! Share expertise, gain practical knowledge and tools, and participate in professional networks.

Save $40 with early registration. The early bird gets the deal.

See you in Albuquerque and we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Opportunities and Resources


Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for the 2016 National FCE Conference

IEL’s Family & Community Engagement (FCE) team invites you to submit a workshop proposal for “Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact,” the 2016 National FCE Conference. The FCE team is looking for engaging and interactive workshops that will enhance the work of multiple stakeholders. Please 
submit your proposal by Friday, December 31st, 2015 - the new extended deadline. View Supplementary Information for more information and contact Sarah Grunberger with any questions.

 The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) is accepting applications for the “Schools of Opportunity” Recognition Program. The project recognizes public schools for what they do to give all students the chance to succeed, rather than turning to test scores to determine school quality. Community schools are a perfect fit! The application deadline is January 20, 2016. Apply here or read the program announcement on Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet in the Washington Post at

Hal Lawson of SUNY Albany and colleagues from around the world (e.g., United Kingdom and the Netherlands) have a new book, Developing Community Schools, Community Learning Centers, Extended-service Schools and Multi-service Schools. Their work will be featured at a Forum mini-plenary session.

The New Jersey Health Initiatives  released a white paper written by the Coalition on the state of community schools in New Jersey. In the paper, we review existing initiatives and argue that the time is ripe for widespread community school adoption.  

Invest Health, a collaboration between Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Reinvestment Fund, provides an opportunity for mid-sized cities—with populations between 50,000 and 400,000—to transform the way local leaders work together to improve resident health and well-being. Up to 50 cities will be selected and receive a grant award of up to $60,000 toward participation in the initiative. The application deadline is January 29, 2016.


New Federal Education Law Boosts Community Schools

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that President Obama signed into law on December 10, 2015 includes the Full Service Community Schools program, marking a big win for community school supporters. Read More >

Zuckerberg Gift to Benefit  Newark Community Schools

The Foundation for Newark’s Future (the fund created through Mark Zuckerberg’s gift to Newark schools), Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and Superintendent Christopher Cerf, announced a $10 million gift that will be used to develop community schools as part of a new initiative in Newark, the South Ward Community Schools Initiative. Read More >

Turning a Corner: School Renewal Program makes a difference at HS in South Bronx 

Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx is an arts-focused high school serving many impoverished and disabled students. Like all 94 New York City schools in Mayor de Blasio’s School Renewal program, Dreamyard was transformed into a community school. Nonprofit partner Counseling in Schools, Inc. supports extended learning time, professional development, and internships for students. Resources have increased and results are promising.  Read More >

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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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