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Community is Key to Success - Moving Texas Forward

With more money in the pot this year, Texas has the opportunity to refocus and add funds to education. Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, suggests community schools stating, [they] allow educators, parents and community [partners] to develop effective programs for governing and supporting local schools… when [we] work together, we have something much better than reform. We have neighborhood schools that offer opportunity and a better future for our children.” Read More >

Assessing the Evidence for Integrated Student Supports

Closing educational gaps are central to increasing opportunity. Integrated student supports (ISS) is one promising approach for promoting academic success that is taking hold in communities across the country. Our friends at Child Trends did a comprehensive examination of the research and evidence base for ISS, and its potential to help a range of disadvantaged, marginalized, or struggling students. Read More >

Minnesota Education Advocates Seek More State Money

As Minnesota’s Capitol reopens on Tuesday, advocates are calling for more money for education. One wish on their list – community schools. “Basically, what full-service community school does is help me the teacher meet the needs of students so I can focus on teaching,” Denise Specht, Education Minnesota president, said. Read More >

The Growth and Impact of Community Schools: 2014

Want to know what happened for Community Schools in 2014? The Coalition looks back on the year and highlights the top 10 achievements of the movement. Read More >

Does The Answer For Philly School Reform Reside In…Ohio?

The Philadelphia school system is looking for a solution to school closures, high poverty in its community, and much more. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy of the Philadelphia Citizen, looks to Cincinnati’s Community Learning Centers as the solution. “This has to be the next step in school reform,” says Paul Reville. “Only when we optimize schools across the country so people come in ready to learn will we really be able to level the playing field—which is what everybody says we want.” Read More >

Equity Allies: How School Leaders Can Promote Equitable Educational Opportunities

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education in July 2014 launched the Excellent Educators for All initiative, a response to recommendations of the Equity and Excellence Commission report. In response the authors, Lynda Tredway and Jessica Rigby, conducted research on how equity-minded principals, or “equity allies,” base their daily practice on equity. The researchers offer three recommendations for how all school leaders can embed equity into their leadership practices. Read More >

Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes

This report presents the first set of student outcome findings from The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning District Demonstration Project, a six-year effort looking at whether and how large-scale, voluntary summer learning programs led by public school districts can help improve educational outcomes for children in low-income, urban communities. Read More >

U.S. Education Chief Visits to Talk with Local Students About Ferguson

After participating in Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights march in D.C. on Sunday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan held closed meetings with several dozen students in the St. Louis area on Tuesday. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten sat in on the talks, which covered the aftermath, trauma and healing following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. What Duncan heard left him emotional, stating, "We don't learn by sitting behind a desk in Washington" Read More >

Why the Community Schools Model Works for District 33 in Chicago

Charles Johns,superintendent of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, shared how and why the Community Schools model has been an effective tool for them. He lifts up their partnership, "WeGo Together for Kids," which has over 50 members. Throughout the school year, the partners support the students and their families and help create a stronger and healthier community. Read More >

Useful for You - Annenberg's Time for Equity Indicators Framework

Our partners at the Annenberg Institute recently launched thier web-based Time for Equity Indicators tool. This new site is a clearinghouse of information about 24 different benchmarks of education conditions, access, and impact. Resources include links to academic research, reports from the field, data tools, videos and more about indicators like teacher ownership, student, family and community engagement and engaged student learning. Read More >

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