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Community Schools Top Ten 2016

The Coalition's top 10 achievements from 2016 showcase the amazing growth and momentum around the community schools movement. Read More >

Aligning Networks to Enable Every Student to Thrive

The Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools and StriveTogether - have been making measurable progress toward educational equity. Now we come together to say explicitly that we can achieve our shared goals more effectively if we align our assets and expertise across networks, across school districts, and across communities. Read More >

Beyond Involvement and Engagement: The Role of the Family in School–Community Partnerships

Research indicates that partnerships between schools and neighborhood communities support student learning, improve schools, and strengthen families and neighborhoods. These partnerships expand the traditional educational mission of the school to include health and social services for children and their families and to involve the broader community. Read More >

Cherryland Elementary - Hayward, California: Helping Children and Staff Cope with Trauma Through Partnerships

As the bus approached Cherryland Elementary School, members of the Community Schools Leadership Network were greeted by a swarm of staff members wearing red and white cougar hats and jackets. Students waved enthusiastically, excited to see the new faces. Read More >

Oakland High School Community School Partnerships Create a Culture of Health

The Tibetan Singing Bowl calmed the group from the Community Schools Leadership Network Retreat, who selected to take the Oakland High School (OHS) site visit on October 24, 2016. The meditation leader, Senior, Terrilyn Williams, successfully used the mindfulness practice to calm the CSLN visitors. The meditation exercise is routinely used at OHS Public Health Academy as a stress reduction technique. Read More >

Community schools: A place-based approach to education and neighborhood change

The institutions of a neighborhood are vital to its health and economic strength, and public schools are one of the most important shared institutions. They function not only as centers for providing education but also as hubs for communities to organize a range of supports and opportunities for children and their families. Read More >

Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio

The Baltimore city school board approved a policy on October 24, 2016 that will formally add "community schools" which for years have been providing intensive wraparound services to city students – to the district's portfolio. The policy, which advocates have championed for years, creates a definition of the model and a framework for how they should run in the city. The policy also codifies the formal application process to operate under the designation and sets up a citywide steering committee Read More >

“Implementing the Community Schools Approach as a Turnaround Strategy”

The community school approach at John Neely Bryan Elementary school is bringing together community members and partnering to provide resources to the school. Supporters of the model are impressed and agree that there has been a huge improvement since implementing it. For a school that has been struggling academically, the community school model has enabled a turnaround strategy. Read More >

Can Community Schools Alleviate the Challenges of School Schedules on Working Parents?

The Center for American Progress analyzed the ways school schedules make it difficult for parents to balance being a committed parent and committed worker. The research found that misaligned school schedules cost the economy a lot of money. Some suggestions offered to make school schedules reflect work hours, are to get more funding for a longer school day and implement programs such as university-assisted community schools. Read More >

Erie’s Community School Initiative Continues to Progress

Erie School District’s community school initiative will start this school year. Because teachers need to focus on the curriculum, this initiative will provide social service opportunities for students outside of school hours. Students will now be able to get help for their outside needs with the assistance of 5 lead partners that will provide these services. Read More >

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