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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 >

Kronick Honored as Visionary for Knoxville’s Community Schools

Robert Kronick, founder of University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS), was honored as a visionary of Knoxville’s community schools at a recent Community Schools Celebration. UACS is a grant-based full-service initiative that serves twelve local schools as an extension of the regular school day for at-risk students. The celebration also honored two others—Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre and Buzz Thomas, president of the Great Schools Partnership. Read More >

New community schools will broaden reach, increase support for role of schools

Madison community schools integrate needed coordinate community services into a school setting, taking advantage of places were children and families are every day to offer additional resources and support. It’s about making sure all kids can succeed in school and the city agrees that it works. Read More >

Four Out of Five Americans Want to Fund Community Schools

New nationwide poll results state: “Eight-two percent want their tax dollars to fund schools serving as community hubs, providing health and social services, youth and community development, parental education, as well as academics for students. These community schools integrate high-quality dynamic curriculum with after-school and summer enrichment programs, ensuring that every student and their family gets the opportunity to succeed no matter what zip code they live in.” Read More >

Trauma Informed Schools--An Essential for Student & Staff Success

A three part series by Lara Kain, senior director at Los Angeles Education Partnership, exploring the issues of complex trauma, the effect on emotional and cognitive development of young people, and interventions at the classroom and system level that can mitigate negative outcomes. Features The Implications of Trauma & Student Misbehavior, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms and The Holistic Approach. Read More >

Bridging Family Community Engagement and Community Schools

Rochester Public Schools acknowledges the variety of situations that students experience which get in the way of their learning, but many exciting things are happening in the district to support students. FCE District Facilitator says, “Our job is to create an environment where students can learn” and Rochester is implementing community schools as part of this mission. Partners create new opportunities, spaces, and experiences for students to be successful, and students are seeing success. Read More >

Stop Humiliating Teachers

Everyone celebrates individual teachers yet we tend to blame public-school teachers for economic or social crises. This demand for accountability and zeal for drastic reorganization obscures the fact that we don’t know how to educate poor inner-city and rural kids. Teachers are held responsible for the real problem-persistent poverty. If we want to improve scores and graduation rates we have to commit resources to helping poor parents raise their children and stop blaming teachers for iniquity. Read More >

Interest Growing in Public-Private Partnerships for Education

A new Teachers College report finds that more communities across the country are looking into cross-sector collaboration in education. The report examines a new model called collective impact characterized by partnerships focusing on setting measurable goals and monitoring progress through data analysis. The report doesn’t evaluate the success of these partnerships but does point to growing recognition and interest in the kinds of public-private partnerships that community schools promote. Read More >

Years Into Austin’s Community Schools Experiment, National Policy Catches Up

Allen Weeks presented Austin ISD board members with the community-generated plan for Webb, the result of nine months of meetings with teachers, students and neighbors. It includes a short list of new priorities- stronger college-going culture, more afterschool and summer classes for students, and better communication between school staff, parents and community groups. Community schools remain relevant in Texas where lawmakers added community-based assessments of school performance in 2013. Read More >

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