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Mayor Bill De Blasio Focuses on Community Schools in New York City

Post written on the Whole Child Blog by Martin J. Blank, Director and President, Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership; and Shama S. Jamal, National Policy Emerson Fellow, Coalition for Community Schools Read More >

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Schools Promise Begins to Take Shape

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Other Education Promise Begins to Take Shape: Community schools to bring education and noneducation services to the public. New York Mayor recently announced Richard Buery, chief executive officer of the Children’s Aid Society and long-term advocate for community schools, as the deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives. Read More >

New Infographic: Alternatives to School Closures

When schools struggle, it is often because they lack the resources to meet the needs of their students. Yet rather than invest in these schools, policymakers have increasingly turned to mass closures as a solution. There are better ways to support our schools and our children: Community Schools! Read More >

Community school a “no-brainer” at Curtis HS in Staten Island

Community school a “no-brainer” at Curtis HS in Staten Island, one of the UFT’s six pilot Community Learning Schools starting in the 2012–13 school year. Read More >

Elev8: Lifting Students, Families and Communities – A Model of Success

A new report, "Elev8: Lifting Students, Families and Communities – A Model of Success" details the Elev8 initiative – its creation, implementation and results, through data, stories, and photos. Review the newly released report and a video that complements the report. Read More >

Los Angeles Promise Zones to Turn all Schools into Community Schools

President Obama's new Promise Zones will turn all Los Angeles schools into community schools. Read More >

Congress Appropriates $10 million for Full-Service Community Schools

The Full-Service Community Schools program, not funded by Congress since FY 2010, received $10 million in the omnibus. This is a testament to the mounting evidence in the field of the impact of community schools, as well the advocacy by partners in IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools. Read More >

Press Release: New Brief highlights Partnerships as Key to Educational Success

A new brief issued by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)—Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships—discusses the proposition that partnerships are essential for the United States to achieve educational equity and excellence for the growing number of children living in poverty. Read More >

IEL Commends Investment for Children and Youth in FY14 Omnibus

The FY 2014 omnibus-the federal spending package to fund the remainder of FY 2014-was recently approved and contains big wins for programs aligned with IEL’s work. Several of these programs received a significant boost of funding: Head Start, Career and Technical Education, Workforce Investment, and others. One program, Full-Service Community Schools, was restored at $10 million after a hiatus of funding since FY 2010. Read More >

A Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities


New recommendations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America explore how we can improve health for all Americans by investing in early childhood, integrating community development and health, and linking health and health care. The report found that breaking down conventional policy-making silos and creating opportunities for better health in our neighborhoods, homes, schools, and workplaces. Read More >

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