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Community Schools on the Rise in Two Cities

In search to find ways to better support students, AFT members have recently discovered the effectiveness of joining unions and communities to provide resources and supports for kids. Two cities, Austin, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland, have been particularly successful in implementing the community school strategies into their cities’ schools. Read More >

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework Webinar

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) recently released a report funded by the Wallace Foundation on how non-cognitive factors influence students’ performance in school. Join the Afterschool Alliance as they host a webinar that will explore the challenges students face outside the classroom that heavily influence their academics. The webinar will be held on July 23 at 2:00 PM EDT. Read More >

Paterson Schools get $500,000 for Full Service Community Schools, Pascrell

Paterson Schools recently received a grant from the US Department of Education to fund the implementation of the community school strategy into their public schools. Through this grant, more students will have the opportunity to attend schools with in-school medical, dental, and mental clinics. The district hopes to provide outside services to as many students as possible in the upcoming years through the implementation of community schools. Read More >

Illinois Education Leader: We are Judging Schools Wrong

Tony Smith, the Illinois State Superintendent of Education, says that we are judging schools wrong. Policies have been created to benefit a specific group of people for years, so it’s not surprising that schools are benefiting specific students as well. Our nation is faced with a question of fairness and equity. Outcomes in one place of the country matter to another place, so inequity in schools should be a problem for everyone, not just those who are at a disadvantage. Read More >

Weis Elementary Gets More Help for Community School

The University of Central Florida has decided to give a portion of their million-dollar grant to Weis Elementary School to help transform them into a full-service community school. In previous years, the university has granted funding to other public schools in the area and seen great success, such as an 60-80% increase in graduation rates. The university continues to fund the implementation of the community schools strategy in low-income and disadvantaged neighborhoods. Read More >

The More Opportunity Kids Have, the Brighter our Future, Author Says

In light of Independence Day, Robert Putnam’s argues in his newest book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” that opportunity is no longer equal throughout our country and much of this is to blame on education. He offers solutions such as increased extracurricular activities and implementation of community schools. He concludes that everyone’s future brightens when we treat every child like our own child. Read More >

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) - Navigating the Road to Work

Are you a youth, age 12-25, who wants to develop leadership and advocacy skills and become a leader in your community who improves leadership opportunities and transition services for all youth? Are you a professional or organization who wants to commit to increasing youth voice, youth leadership opportunities, and youth-adult partnerships within your organization and community? If so, apply for the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)! Read More >

Join the Institute for Educational Leadership in Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has a long and proud history of supporting youth as they transition into adulthood. For youth with disabilities, a core competency in the youth development process is gaining an understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities. Read More >

NYC announces free eyeglasses for community school students

As part of New York’s community schools initiative Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will be working with eyewear company Warby Parker to provide free vision screenings and pairs of glasses to all students in the city’s 130 community schools over the next four years. To read more click here. Read More >

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Full-Service Community Schools and Project GRAD Summer Institute

Through its Full-Service Community Schools program, the University of Tennessee aims to improve the educational outcomes of children in the Knoxville-area as well as provide service-learning opportunities for UT students. The university will be publishing articles featuring 50 of its best community-campus partnerships to demonstrate the impact of this work. Read More >

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