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Baltimore, MD: Connecting communities and schools in Baltimore

Since the Coalition for Community Schools gave awards to two initiatives and three community schools from Baltimore, these initiatives and schools have gained even more well-deserved attention. Knowledge of the impact and effectiveness of community schools is spreading in Baltimore. As a result, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the City Council have increased the annual budget for community schools and out-of-school programs to $10 million. Read More >

Wake County, NC: Programs could help lift Wake County graduation rate

In order to reach their goal of achieving an annual graduation rate of at least 95 percent, Wake County school administrators have proposed a strategic plan that would provide wraparound services to meet students’ needs and extended learning opportunities. This includes focusing more on health and mental health needs, providing access to school meals, and more summer learning opportunities. Read More >

Pasco County, FL: Pasco seeks community school to serve children beyond classrooms

The Pasco County School District sees the many benefits of community schools and is hoping to open one soon. The district is currently assessing the resources and needs of its communities in order to decide where to launch the school. Read More >

Anderson, IL: A new direction at Anderson Community Schools

Big changes are occurring at Anderson Community Schools; along with building renovations, two schools will be implementing the COMPASS program. This is designed to help students who are responsible for the most repeat disruptions by providing additional counseling for them and their families, as well as additional learning opportunities. Read More >

Lowell, MA: Saturday Chat

Many things are currently happening in Lowell, but one of the most exciting is that Lowell Public Schools have been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to make Lowell a national demonstration site for full-service community schools. Read More >

Orlando, FL: UCF Earns $900,000 to Help K-12 Students Succeed in School

In 2014 UCF and its partners launched the Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare. UCF has now earned $900,000 in state funding due to its community schools initiatives. This will enable more schools to come online and will help selected schools with first-year operational costs. Read More >

Community schools drum up support in Austin, Baltimore

Struggling schools in both Austin and Baltimore have been saved by adopting a community school strategy. Close school-community relationships have significantly impacted these communities and are changing the conversation at the state level. Read More >

Nearly 200 Civil Rights, Community Groups Send Letter to Senate Demanding Fair & Equitable Reforms to ESEA Reauthorization

This week, nearly 200 civil rights and community organizations sent a letter to Senators McConnell and Reid demanding that the ESEA reauthorization bill put an end to high stakes tests. They are calling for investments in community schools that will help Black and Brown communities instead. Read More >

Philadelphia, PA: Two kinds of community schools

The concept of community schools is growing in areas such as Philadelphia, where both mayoral candidate Jim Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke have voiced support for this strategy. However, it must be understood that there are two broad approaches to community schools: “communities in schools” and ”communities and schools.” Read More >

IEL Hosts Successful National Family and Community Engagement Conference

From June 22-24, over 1,100 educators, parent leaders, community partners, and district leaders gathered in Chicago for the 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference. Participants learned about the different types of family and community engagement practices across the country. The conference consisted of site visits, plenaries, and workshops with a focus on the conference’s theme of Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools, and Community. Read More >

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