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June Newsletter 2015


 Vol. XII - Issue 6 - June 2015

In This Issue

2015 Awards for Excellence and Advocacy Day 

Frederick Douglass 1st and Goal

The Coalition for Community Schools honored two initiatives and five schools around the country. The Awards were followed by a policy briefing on Capitol Hill. The award-winners and local community school leaders met with their senators and representatives to advocate for community schools. Check out the Twitter highlights from all of the events! Read More>

Antioch High School: Meeting the Basic Needs of Students so They Can Thrive

One of the ideas that is paramount to the concept of community schools is that when you bring in community partners to serve the needs of students, they can focus more on the their academics and less on the hindrances they bring into school each day. A prime example of this concept in action is happening at Antioch High School in Nashville, TN. Read More>

Partner Spotlight

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An increasing number of colleges and universities are mobilizing their resources to develop university-assisted community schools and innovative university-community partnerships. To capture and strengthen this momentum, the Coalition for Community Schools and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships have organized a University-Assisted Community Schools Network. Read More>

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!


A First-Time Judge Reflects on Cooking up Change

The Healthy Schools Campaign hosted their Cooking up Change National Finals with 9 teams of student chefs and invited the Coalition's Director Martin Blank to be a judge in this year’s contest. These students are creating change in their communities and advocating to keep high standards for school nutrition programs. Read More>

The Educator’s Dilemma When and How Schools Should Embrace Poverty Relief

"For decades, school reformers and poverty relief advocates have argued about what it takes to close the achievement gap." Scholars argue whether or not the school is the best place for addressing children’s health and well-being. Using sound theory, the Christensen Institution shows that that both sides are right—and that both are also wrong. Read More>

As School Day Grows, Ties Deepen Between Schools, Providers

As schools "work to lengthen the school day to bring more opportunities to their most vulnerable students," they are building partnerships with organizations that traditionally served only after-school programming. Read More>

The Ugly Reform Mess in Newark Public Schools

The state takeover in Newark has provoked much controversy and brought about multiple civil rights violation complaints. Citizens of Newark are fighting for local control of their schools and the chance to convert schools into community schools to boost student achievement and strengthen their families and communities. Read More>

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