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Vol. XI Issue 4 June 2014

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Events & Highlights
Highlights from 2014 Community Schools National Forum

Still have some lingering questions from the Forum? Want to learn more about content shared? Click here to check out the Forum webpage for highlights and workshop resources.

2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention (June 29 - July 2)
The powerful convergence of public health, primary care, and education is on full display at the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention, sponsored by Coalition partner, the School-Based Health Alliance. Hundreds of representatives from medicine, nursing, behavioral health, oral health, and education will gather in Seattle to network with peers, earn continuing education credits, and get acquainted with evidence-based programs, practices, and policies.

Visit to learn more and register.

Job and Funding Opportunities
Job Opportunity for Community School Coordinator:
Peck-Lawrence Full Service Community School (Holyoke, Ma.) is on the hunt for a Full Service Community School Manager willing to join a great team of FSCS leaders. The position description can be found here.

If you are interested in posting a job, please reach out to Heather Naviasky.

New York City Invests $52 Million in Community Schools

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The Coalition for Community Schools applauds Mayor Bill De Blasio for his leadership and commitment to expand community schools in the city. The partnership between the city of New York, the New York State Department of Education and United Way of New York City will invest $52 million in 40 community schools over four years. This partnership reflects the mission of community schools across the country: to unite school and community to help students succeed and families and communities prosper.

The Coalition recently released a press release highlighting the partnerships and investment at the local level. We are delighted that our national partners, AASA, the National League of Cities, and United Way Worldwide joined us in praising the New York initiative.

As AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech explained, "this Community Schools effort will help thousands of high-need children and families in New York City access vital services and reinforce the school as the hub of the neighborhood and community. Until governments, schools, and community partners work together to change the underlying conditions for children, we will not reach the goals we have for increasing equity and excellence for every child."

Reading to your Children – It’s Never Too Early


According to Motoko Rich, of the New York Times, the Academy, representing over 62,000 doctors will announce that, they will now tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. Today there is a clear understanding that reading to children from birth not only increases their vocabulary but helps students succeed once they enter school.As Coalition partner, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR Campaign) will tell you, "Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success." And the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees.

Additionally, this push from the doctor’s office is a direct way of reaching low-income families. According to the GLR Campaign, "too many children from low-income families begin school already far behind. The research also shows that these children are less likely to be read or spoken to regularly or to have access to books, literacy-rich environments, high-quality early care, and prekindergarten programs. As a consequence, these children may hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten."

We are proud that our partners in the field, including Scholastic, are stepping up to ensure that pediatricians have books to give to parents and the language to help them emphasize the importance of reading starting at an early age.


Bridges to Success (Indianapolis) Celebrates 20 Years on June 17

Bridges to Success (BTS) celebrates 20 years with its visionary creators, Irv Katz, former president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana, and Dr. Shirl Gilbert, former superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools. BTS was a model for the work of the ‘emerging’ Coalition in the mid-90s. We are thrilled that the work which Irv and Shirl started continues.

Pittsburgh Community Schools Offer Alternative to Closing Schools

At a time when most of the news coming out of the Pittsburgh Public Schools involves cutting services and closing schools, one coalition is pushing to expand district services, and keep schools open. Read an article by Pittsburgh City Paper reporter Rebecca Nuttall.

NBC Nightly News Reporter Chelsea Clinton reports on a Community School in New Mexico

NBC Nightly News Reporter Chelsea Clinton follows up on a Community School in New Mexico. This elementary school dishes out a weekly tutoring session that’s aimed at satiating a hunger for education and food, involving both the students and their families.

Education and Urban Society Article on Community Schools by John H. W. Houser

This study examines one of the primary components of community schools, school and community-sponsored extracurricular programming, and its relationship to academic achievement. The study was performed at an urban community school serving Grades 7 through 12. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that both school- and community-sponsored program participation were significant predictors of academic achievement. ]


New Collaborative Launched to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children, Families, and Communities

The National Results and Equity Collaborative is creating a national network to align results-based technical assistance, effective strategies and solutions across multiple national and local initiatives in an effort to help more low-income and minority children and youth succeed in school and life. The Coalition for Community Schools is one of the founding national and local partners who work on a range of programs and initiatives that raise up a results-based process and the need for equity.

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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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