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March Newsletter 2015


Vol. XII - Issue 3 - March 2015

In This Issue

Leading Academic, Robert Putnam, Highlights Community Schools

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Robert Putnam’s important new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis is capturing attention across the nation and the political spectrum. We are excited that Dr. Putnam, best known for his book on social capital, Bowling Alone, talks about community schools as one of the viable solutions to our national challenge.

This reference and his comments about the favorable research supporting community schools are a major step forward for our movement. Share with your school and community leaders!

And listen Dr. Putnam speak about his book.

Why My Brother's Keeper? And Why in Community Schools?


With the national tide of rising inequalities, heightened racial tensions, and the shrinking realization of the American Dream for many young people, the integral connection between the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and the Full-Service Community School strategy is no stretch of the imagination. Community schools have long demonstrated how they are an important vehicle for delivering the results communities need and for producing better outcomes for young people of color. As illuminated in the Coalition’s recent "My Brother’s Keeper and Community Schools" webinar, community schools are no stranger to President Obama’s big vision for change. Read more>

Partner Spotlight

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Our Partners Spotlight series will highlight the mission and work of our national partner organizations. First Focus, last month's spotlight, recently released their latest Big Idea series "Pioneering Change: Innovative Ideas for Children and Families," which includes "Community Schools: The Vehicle for Educational Equity." Check it out!

We invite our national partners to nominate their organizations for upcoming partner spotlights. Please contact Perpetual Baffour at

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!

National Family and Community Engagement Conference • Chicago • June 22-24, 2015

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Family Engagement is a core component of any community school! This is a pre-conference session for anyone who wants to learn more about what they are as well as for those who want to dig deeper into the work. Join us in Chicago before the National Family and Community Engagement conference on June 22!

Coalition staff will be joined by local leaders as we explore different stages of planning and development. Team participation is encouraged.

Click here to learn more about the conference and this specific pre-conference session REGISTER TODAY!


The Genius of Community Schools

Educator and writer, Dr. John Thompson identifies Oklahoma City Public School’s lone full-service community school as the district’s major asset. Schools have the unique opportunity to address the intersection of their students’ academic, social, health, and wellness needs. He champions Edgemere Elementary as a model for the district. Thompson believes that through community support, other schools can (and must) address growing health problems, such as childhood obesity. Read More >

So, What is a Community School? Here are the Details You Need to Know!

United Way is a partner dedicated to community school efforts across the country. Scott McLeod, the Senior Director of Community Schools Partnerships at the United Way of Salt Lake offers a powerful testimonial illustrating how community schools go about improving the lives of students, families, and communities, via health, social, and extended learning services. He shows that community schools are results driven and ultimately can help make the difference in students’ academic achievement. Read More >

Concern about Education and Oakland Youth (Community Voices)

An Oakland Unified School District Teacher, Chela Delgado speaks on the strengths of OUSD and against the popular movement of ‘school reform.’ She maintains that Oakland’s revival hinges on the community school model that prioritizes local leadership--students, families, and staff. OUSD relies on community engagement, for example through its restorative justice program, as one way to design creative solutions to overcome barriers. Read More >

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