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A Powerful Alternative: The Community Schools Movement

Community Schools have become a movement for growth and innovation. Making schools collaborate with communities to increase student learning, health services, youth and community development and engagement are some of the main focuses for the Coalition for Community Schools. The support of state administrators and legislator’s to implement the community schools model in all public schools would provide resources for communities, families and students. Read More >

Albuquerque, NM- The Rise of Albuquerque’s Successful Community Schools Program

During this year’s Community Schools National Forum, educators from around the nation were able to experience Albuquerque’s homegrown Homework Diner program first hand. The program was designed to bring communities together for the greater good of student’s education. The program unites parents, teachers, volunteers, tutors and culinary students to help students of the schools with homework while sharing a meal together. Read More >

ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices

Advocates for parent and community engagement see the newly revised federal K-12 law as an opportunity to expand their impact on states' academic goals, plans for school improvement, and other areas of policy. Quotes from Marty Blank, Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, highlight the importance of community members engaging with the ESSA planning process as power is devolved to the local level. He calls the bill a “clarion call for our folks to step up”. Read More >

Kenney moving ahead on community schools

Philadelphia is currently developing its parameters for selecting the first 5 to 7 traditional public schools to receive community school funding. Mayor Kenney’s staff will meet with community members, service providers, and the School District to determine criteria but will look for high-poverty schools with principals open to change. So far 43 schools have expressed interest in the plan. Council President Darrell L. Clarke and the teachers union have already voiced approval for the initiative. Read More >

Kenney administration releases some details of 'community schools' plan for Philly

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney plans to begin implementing a "community school" model in 5 to 7 schools by September. The mayor’s office will choose schools in summer and hire a coordinator (employed by the city) for each by the start of the school year. Susan Gobreski, mayor’s director of community schools, said, "The question is not: 'will the test scores improve? The question is, 'What do we need to measure to actually see if we're meeting the needs of children?" Read More >

New York State sets a $250 Million Dollar goal for community schools funding

In New York some parents and lawmakers are seeking a greater investment on top of Gov. Cuomo's pitched $100 million community schools initiative. Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan, the Alliance for Quality Education and others are pushing for a $250 million investment. At the same time, Nolan said state budget language could force the department to provide greater oversight of parent involvement and family engagement. Read More >

Milwaukee Community School shows signs of improved culture, achievement

Auer Avenue Community School is creating an impressive school culture while serving high-poverty students. There’s a surge of new programs generating positive results. People within the school, the district administration, the immediate neighborhood and the broader community are working together to support the school and improve the lives and academic success of the students. Sustainability will be both a challenge and a key to how far the promising signs can go towards becoming strong results. Read More >

ESSA Commentary from Marty Blank featured in Washington Post

President of IEL publishes commentary: 'Is a new day really dawning with No Child Left Behind’s successor law?'. He explains that the new Every Student Succeeds Act differs significantly from its discredited predecessor, No Child Left Behind, creating opportunity. The post details six concrete changes and why they are promising- including more local control, less standardized testing, comprehensive supports, stakeholder and family engagement, community partnerships and equitable budget reviews. Read More >

Why Community Schools Are The Key To Our Future

CPD promotes a vision for American public education through a network of community schools explained by Reagan High School in Austin, TX and Wolfe Street Academy in Baltimore, MD. Most schools lack analysis of what they need to help improve outcomes and a point person to manage partnerships. In America there are 5.1 million children enrolled in approximately 5,000 community schools and growing. CPD found six successful strategic plans to meet core needs that usually succeed over time. Read More >

Community Schools as an Effective Strategy for Reform

The National Education Policy Center and Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education published a research brief summarizing the empirical basis for several features of community schools. The work finds that community school models offering various agreed-upon features provide an excellent social return on investment and significant promise for providing opportunities for learning and promoting well-being in students and communities. Read More >

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