Sec. Duncan Talks Community Schools In-Depth with Jon Stewart
Did you catch U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If you didn’t, check out the extended footage from the Feb. 16 interview with Duncan. At about the 50 second mark, Sec. Duncan talks about the 150 community schools he helped support as Chicago Public Schools superintendent and how critical similar schools will be in improving education around the country.
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Columnist Neal Peirce: Community Schools: America's New 'Village'
Nationally syndicated columnist Neal Peirce says the community schools movement embodies the essence of the popular proverb "it takes a village to raise a child." Read More >
Community Schools: The Hottest Story in Education Reform?
More and more school systems across the country are realizing the positive impact school-community partnerships have on student achievement and communities. And many in the media are taking notice.
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NEW REPORT: The Impact of Expanded Day on High School Students in Portland Community Schools
A new study released by SUN Community Schools in Multnomah County, Oregon shows clear advantages extended school days has on student academic participation. Read More >
A Conversation with Norman B. Rice
Norman B. Rice, former mayor of Seattle and current President of the nationally-prominent Seattle Foundation, told Martin Blank, President of the Institute for Educational Leadership and Director of Coalition for Community Schools that only a culture of inclusion and participation from every branch of the community will push public education out of the malaise in which it’s currently tangled. Read the rest of the interview from their conversation during the 2011 Seattle Learning Lab. Read More >
Community Schools Featured in New USDOE Handbook!
Community schools are quickly becoming embedded in the U.S. Department of Education’s school reform strategy as an innovative and efficient method for turning around schools. A new publication entitled the Handbook for Family and Community Engagement (aka. FACE Handbook), funded by the Department, dedicates an entire chapter, Engaging the Entire Community: The Community Schools’ Way (page 45), to our work. Read More >
CA’s Education “Blueprint” Recommends Community Schools
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released A Blueprint for Great Schools which includes community schools and summer learning as top priorities. According to the report “Full-service community schools are one tested approach to addressing the achievement gap. Key elements of such schools include attention to the whole child, provision of wraparound services through strong collaborations among community partners, a systems approach, and a healthy environment.” Read More >
DIPLOMA Act featured in Ed Daily!!
A recent Ed Daily article (see below), by Frank Wolfe, which showcases the DIPLOMA Act (H.R. 2637, S. 426)! It also features some of our close partners: Afterschool Alliance, Communities in Schools, and Harlem Children’s Zone. Additionally, Wolfe illustrates DIPLOMA in action by sharing examples of community school initiatives, both mature ones (Cincinnati, Tulsa, Chicago, Kansas City (MO), Portland) and the emerging district-wide initiative in Oakland, CA. Read More >
Congress Members Urge Duncan to Ensure Conditions for Learning
Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and 14 of his fellow Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Arne Duncan to highlight the importance of creating schools that are safe, healthy, engaging and supportive. This political stand is an opportunity for whole-child education advocates to assert concrete steps that the Department can take to ensure that 'conditions for learning' are an essential component of our national strategy. Read More >
New Nashville Director of Parent/ Community Engagement: A Community SchoolNik
Gini Pupo-Walker, former Director of Parental and Community Engagement at Glencliff High School, has been named the new Director of Parental and Community Engagement for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Glencliff High School was one of the 2011 recipients of the Caolition's National Community Schools Award for Excellence. In her new post, Pupo-Walker will be overseeing district-wide efforts to increase parental and community engagement. Read More >