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July Newsletter 2015


 Vol. XII - Issue 7 - July 2015

In This Issue

Senate Embraces Community Schools in Passage of Every Child Achieves Act 


Community school supporters have good reason to celebrate important federal policy wins that occurred in July. On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a vote of 81-17 (Every Child Achieves is intended to replace No Child Left Behind). We are thrilled to share that two community school amendments offered by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have passed as part of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act bill. Read More>

20-20 Vision: A New York City Community School Partnership Tackles Vision Disparity


Have you ever tried to study while being unable to even see your learning material? For many youth in America, this is their reality each and every day. Through a partnership between the City of New York and Warby Parker, the popular online eyewear company, we have a prime example of how businesses partnering with schools can give youth the supports they need and, in this case, mitigate health issues affecting our youth. Read More>

Research Spotlight - Effects of Family and Teacher Stress on Student Achievement

Recent research has underscored the relationship between family stress, teacher stress and student achievement. In a survey by the Council of Chief State School Officers, 46 state teachers of the year named family stress (76 percent) and poverty (63 percent) as significant barriers to student achievement.[i] And a Communities in Schools survey showed 88 percent of teachers said that poverty is a major barrier to learning.[ii] Additionally, a survey conducted by the AFT in spring 2015 highlighted the workplace stress that teachers face—stress that many educators believe impedes instruction and demeans the profession. 

Opportunities and Resources 

Save the Date! 2016 National Community Schools Forum

The Coalition, in collaboration with the ABC Community Schools Partnership, is excited to announce the theme for our 2016 National Forum, Rising Together: Learning across School, Family and Community. Save the date for April 6-8, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. Registration, workshops, and website coming soon! More info>


New Report: Growing Together Learning Together 

As interest in afterschool programs grows throughout our nation, the Wallace Foundation sought to find the challenges and opportunities that after school programs provide for students. In their new report, Growing Together Learning Together, the Wallace Foundation discovered four essential parts to afterschool programs. Learn what those crucial elements are here. Read More> 

Education Week Partners in Time: Building School-Community Models Webinar

Traditional after-school arts, sports, or computer science programs run by local groups don’t cut it anymore in many districts. Schools and community-based organizations are forging deeper connections amid a growing recognition that children and teenagers need more resources than any school or nonprofit can provide on its own. Hear from Martin J. Blank (President, Institute for Educational Leadership and Director, Coalition for Community Schools) and Bolgen Vargas (Superintendent, Rochester City School District, NY) as they discuss how to build lasting school-community partnerships. Watch the webinar recording here>


Community Schools Directory

Enter your school into the new Community Schools Directory! The Coalition has created an on-line directory that will include all types of community schools and will serve as a networking tool to connect you with others building community schools in your city, state, and across the country. Sites that complete the directory will get a "summary report" that you can use with your team for planning and growth. Sign up today!


Illinois State Superintendent of Education: We are judging schools wrong 

Tony Smith, the Illinois State Superintendent of Education, says that we are judging schools wrong. Our nation faces deep questions of poverty and equity, making it crucial to look at the conditions and context our students and families live in. Read More>

Effects of Inequality and Poverty vs. Teachers and Schooling on America’s Youth

David Berliner set out to research why recent education reforms have produced such little improvement in United States public schools. Results show that the problem is not inside the school, but outside. Read More>

Brooklyn, NY: A Chance for Renewal

Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) has dedicated teachers that focus on helping students overcome the challenges they face outside the classroom. While test scores and graduation rates do not reflect the hard work put in by the students and teachers, BGS is not under threat of being closed. Instead, Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to improving 100 schools, including BGS, using the community schools strategy, which will allow BGS to continue supporting kids and gradually raise test scores.
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