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January Newsletter 2016


 
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 Vol. XIV - Issue 1 - January 2016

In This Issue


Rising Together: The Albuquerque Story


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The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Community School Partnership has created a powerful and successful school support strategy – connecting students and families with whatever resources they need to succeed in school and life.

Albuquerque’s success stories are many, from the nationally-acclaimed
Homework Diner program to the Walking School Bus to the Manzano Mesa Preschool Parent Co-op. We hope this gives you a glimpse into the inspiring stories that you will engage with at the 2016 Community Schools National Forum in Albuquerque, NM.  Read More>


Partner Spotlight: Boys & Girls Club

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The Coalition sat down with Sage Learn, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), to discuss the relationship between community schools and the services provided by BGCA to young people. In addition, learn more about their upcoming National Day of Advocacy, and how it reflects the results of the recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act. Read More>


A Tribute To Landon Rowland

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Landon Rowland, Chairperson of the Local Investment Commission (LINC) in Kansas City, recently passed away. Landon was among the finest corporate and community leaders the Coalition has had the privilege of knowing. Landon operated as easily in neighborhoods as he did in the corporate board room. LINC is a Coalition partner in our community schools work.  Take a minute to watch this video and listen particularly for how he talks about community schools coordinators.


Register for a Pre-Conference Institute at the National Forum

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Want more in depth learning and a chance to network with your peers at the Forum? Sign up for a Pre-Conference Institute! Choose from nine different sessions covering topics from results-based accountability to community conversations about race and equity to scaling up community schools. Pre-conferences start on April 5. Register now!


Opportunities and Resources

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Announcing the CSSP Accelerating Change Award

The Center for the Study of Social Policy is announcing a new award to honor and uplift the contributions of organizations, programs, initiatives and agencies serving young women and girls of color involved in intersecting public systems. Innovative initiatives with evidence of strong results serving or advocating on behalf of this population are invited to apply for the inaugural Accelerating Change Award.  Applications are due February 19, 2016.
 
Oakland Unified School District: Community School Stories

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has launched a new project entitled Community Schools Stories, which tells the stories of community school work being done across Oakland school sites. The stories include an overview of OUSD Community Schools and stories from a variety of perspectives about the great work being done in these schools.

Healthy Students, Promising Futures

The U.S. Department of Education with the Department Health and Human Services released a new toolkit that details five ways schools and health groups can partner together to promote healthy communities. Read their feature on community schools on page 15. Read More>


News

Every Student Succeeds Act an Opportunity to Step Up Together

The Coalition's Mary Kingston Roche reflects on her own teaching experience in Oakland to recognize opportunities within ESSA for states and districts to deeply engage the community so that all are working together to help young people thrive. 
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Gov. Cuomo unveils plan to expand community schools

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, he proposed boosting state education spending. His most significant proposal was a $100 million plan to convert struggling New York City schools into resource-filled community schools. Of that, $75 million will be allocated to the 17 districts that have schools designated as struggling by the state. Read More>

The One Thing Deeper Learning Demands

What happened to the deeper and student owned learning philosophies started by John Dewey over 100 years ago? Barnett Berry explores this question and the opinions of the anti-intellectual movement that halted the progression to deeper learning that is recently gaining new life in the 21st century. 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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