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June 2016 Newsletter


 Vol. XV - Issue 6 - June 2016

In This Issue


Oh the Places You Will Go: Graduating from a Community School      

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Graduates from community schools in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Atlanta reflect on the people and partnerships that supported them during their four years in high school and who prepared them for their future. In tough times as well as happy moments, these students found the strength they needed to pursue their goals. Read More >

Momentum Continues for State and Regional Community Schools Coalitions


At the Coalition’s National Forum in April, over 1,700 attendees met by state or region to explore development of community schools coalitions to unite stakeholders behind strengthening and expanding community schools. Twenty-two states and regions are at some stage of growing networks, and reflect the wide range of organizations driving community schools development: school districts; United Ways; teacher unions; state afterschool networks; nonprofits; and institutions of higher education. Read More > 

Partner Spotlight: Healthy Schools Campaign 

This month's partner spotlight is the Healthy Schools Campaign. The organization’s mission is “to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, staff, and faculty to learn and work in a healthy school environment.” The Campaign aims to limit the amount of highly processed foods that schools offer, to ensure that schools are providing healthy food options to students and staff, to communicate the importance of healthy eating, and to increase the number of green schoolyards. Learn more about the Campaign and its relationship to community schools.  Read More >

Add Your School! Find Others! The Community Schools Directory


The Community Schools Directory collects and shares information about community school initiatives including their location, the services they offer, and the results they seek. Register your school in the directory and then search the data to find community schools near you or those working in similar supports and opportunities. You can also read more in the Preliminary Highlights Report here.

Opportunities and Resources


U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release Joint Guidance on Foster Youth
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a joint guidance to states, school districts, and child welfare agencies on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it can support children in foster care. The guidance details how state and local partners can implement the new law and create a collaborative environment between educational and child welfare agencies. Read more >

Health Equity, A New Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal, Launching Fall 2016

Health Equity is a new peer-reviewed open access journal that will address the need for authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations. For information on submissions or to sign up for email alerts for Health Equity, contact them here

Apply to Become a Global EPFP Senior Fellow Today!

The Global Education Policy Fellowship Program (GEPFP) gives fellows the opportunity to study education policy in the age of globalization by investigating education development challenges in economically developed and developing countries. Apply to become a 2016 Global EPFP fellow today to learn about education policy in India and participate in a field study in Bangalore and Delhi. Applications are due by July 15. Learn more >


The Washington Post Portrays Life of Baltimore Community School Student and Hundreds Rally to Support Him

Khalil Bridges, a recent graduate at a community school in Baltimore, MD, has faced numerous challenges throughout his life. One week after the Washington Post detailed the seemingly impossible obstacles keeping Khalil from going to college and leading a successful life, hundreds of people have shown their support by contributing to Kahlil’s college fund on, providing him with enough tuition and living expenses for two years at the Baltimore City Community College. Khalil has spoken at The White House as well as at this year’s Community Schools National Forum. Read More >

Community Schools Help Diminish Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning loss is an issue facing schools all across the country, which particularly impacts disadvantaged and low-income youth. Learn how community schools can diminish summer learning loss through  the Community Supports for Success program in Title IV of ESSA.  Read More >  

Another Victory for Community Schools in Milwaukee

In May, The Milwaukee Community School Partnership, which includes the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, announced that Browning Elementary School and Lincoln Avenue Elementary School will become community schools. These two schools will join four established community schools in Milwaukee who have just completed their first full year of implementation. Read More >

New Mexico Ranks Last in Education, But Finds Hope in Community Schools

For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranked 49th overall for child well-being and dead last in education and childhood poverty, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Mexico hopes that the community schools strategy will help them succeed in addressing the many issues faced by youth in their communities. Read More >

When the Turnaround Principal Leaves

After the dramatic turnaround of Malcolm X Shabazz, a struggling high school in Newark, NJ, the principal who made it all happen left, causing worry about whether or not the school would be able to maintain the improvements that were made. However, the new principal, Damon Holmes, arrived with an understanding of the students and school, ready to continue the school’s improvements and wanting to “elevate the building” while connecting with the faculty and students. Read More >

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