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February Newsletter 2015


 Vol. XII - Issue 2 - February 2015

In This Issue

Carlin Springs: Creating Success through Collaboration and Support 

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Twice in the last several months, schools have received attention because of their strong academic performance. The Education Trust in the case of Menlo Park Elementary a "dispelling the myth school" in Portland, OR, and the Washington Post, in the case of Carlin Springs Elementary in Arlington, VA focused only on academic improvements, overlooking the role of educators and their community partners in ensuring that low-income children also had the opportunities and supports they need to thrive.   Last month we focused on Menlo Park Elementary, this month Carlin Springs is our story.
Here’s the bigger picture. 


State-Wide Community Schools: Kentucky's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers


This month we’re excited to have a guest newsletter feature from our colleague Doug Jones, Region 7 Program Manager for the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSCs). The FRYSCs were one of the earliest community schools models highlighted by the Coalition in our widely-viewed 2003 report, Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools. It’s useful to look at how Kentucky’s leaders have created over 800 community schools as more leaders from multiple sectors pursue a state-wide approach to community schools.  Read More > 


Partner Spotlight

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Our Partners Spotlight series will highlight the mission and work of our national partner organizations. This month, we’re spotlighting First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. We talked to Kevin Lindsey, Senior Director of Education Policy, to find out more about what First Focus is doing to achieve its goal. 

We invite our national partners to nominate their organizations for upcoming partner spotlights. Please contact Perpetual Baffour at


Equity Webinar

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Our four-part "Community Schools and Equity" webinar series launched last month with our first webinar, "Community Schools and Equity: Our Framework." Participants learned about the pressing need for equitable reform strategies in public education, and how the community school strategy presents a hopeful solution for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. 

Listen and check out the webinar materials, here! 


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Georgia Democrats Offer Counter to Deal’s School Takeover Plan

Georgia "Senate Democratic leaders countered Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover proposal with their own plan to transform dysfunctional classrooms into "community schools…" There is still lots to hurdles to jump, including internal debates within the Democratic Party, but for now community school are on the table in Georgia. Read More >

Support Rings for Community Schools Approach at Senate Roundtable Discussion

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, invited school and program leaders to discuss innovative practices to boost student achievement. Community School Coordinator Henriette Taylor, with the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School, was one of many voices championing the benefits of full-service Community Schools. Innovation is as fundamental as building partnerships and engaging communities. Read More >

Teacher Tells Congress: ‘We Simply Cannot Ignore the Stunning Impact of Income Inequality and High Child Poverty’

Katrina Kirkbush, a teacher at Baltimore’s Wolfe Street Academy, advocated before the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee on education on behalf of community schools. Kirkbush championed community schools as Congress’s best shot to support the social and emotional needs of students from impoverished communities. Her school is proof that when a school addresses such barriers, the results are crystal clear. 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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