PRESS RELEASE: My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge and Community Schools
The Coalition for Community Schools applauds President Obama for his announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. We strongly encourage the leaders that make up our network of community school initiatives including mayors, county executives, and community partners to accept the President’s challenge. Already, the executives of over 100 places, many of them cities and counties with robust community school initiatives, have accepted the challenge. Read More >
Video: Kansas City Public Schools Revamps Approach to Early Childhood Education
“Just two years ago, the district was on the verge of losing its federal Head Start grant… since then, the district has worked to reinvent its approach to early childhood education.” Today, almost 700 Head Start students will attend one of two early learning community schools, with embedded social services and community supports” This represents some of the best of what can happen what efforts to provide high quality early learning experiences are connected to the community school vision. Read More >
NYC Vice Mayor Tours CPS Community Learning Centers
The 34 Community Schools in Cincinnati are shining examples of efficient collaboration within previously struggling neighborhoods. These achievements have not gone unnoticed, and are receiving attention this week from NYC Deputy Mayor Buery and UFT President Mulgrew. The pair is in Cincinnati to “glean best practices” from the successful community school initiatives as New York City aims to implement several community school models in the coming years. Read More >
PRESS RELEASE: Nine Federal Full Service Community Schools Awards Announced Among a Pool of 147 Applicants
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the nine awardees of the 2014 Full Service Community Schools grants out of a pool of 147 applications. The high number of applicants despite the small number of awards available proves the continued need and demand for a comprehensive approach to student learning and development that community schools provide. Read More >
Are Community Schools the Key to Fixing Education?
Beginning with a young girl’s community school story, Thomas MacMillan presents the arguments around the current nationwide push for a holistic approach in education. With specific emphasis on the ways in which community schools are a strategy rather than sets of programs, MacMillan presents an introduction to the community schools initiative. Read More >
"Full-Service Schools More Than Places to Learn"
Brooklyn Center Community Schools are highlighted as helping Minnesota students and families to lead healthier and more community-engaged lives. Responding to skeptics, partners explain that the positive impacts of community school initiatives cannot be shown merely through test scores, but also through quality of life for students and their families. Read More >
"Time Well Spent: School District Strategies that Help Students Get the Most from Expanded Learning Time"
The Coalition's partner, Partnership for Children and Youth, recently released their newest report: "Time Well Spent: School District Strategies that Help Students Get the Most from Expanded Learning Time." In it, the non profit out of Oakland, CA "identifies characteristics of the best expanded-learning programs, based on site visits and interviews with dozens of experts, school administrators, and after-school program coordinators." Read More >
Policy and Systems Change, the COFI Way
COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues) recently released a new report. In it they share a "step-by-step process of training, supporting, and organizing parents to be powerful advocates for change." You may be surprised to hear from prominent policymakers and their views about what happens when parents are involved. Read More >
Deputy NY Mayor Buery & UFT President Mulgrew to Tour Cincinnati Community Schools
New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and U.F.T President Michael Mulgrew will visit Cincinnati Community Schools in preparation for the NYC push for 100 new community schools by 2018. Buery’s interest in Cincinnati lies within the district’s effort to have “a system of community schools”, a goal which New York City strives to achieve in the coming years. Read More >
Austin Schools on the Verge of Closing, Now Success Story
“I guess it just makes it easier to know you have a lot of people there” says Celia Alvarez, a senior at Reagan Early College High School, a part of the Reagan Community School Initiative. Explore the story of two Austin, Texas schools completely transformed through collaboration with their communities, united to maximize educational opportunities for local students. Read More >