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Absences Add Up: How School Attendance Influences Student Success

"About one in five students in both fourth and eighth grade reported missing three or more days in the month before the test." Our partners at Attendance Works highlight how chronic absence impacts student achievement and more importantly how poor attendance can be turned around by working with partners and families. Read More >

How to Get Kids to Class: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

Coalition partner, Dan Cardinali, President of Community in Schools, sheds light how community schools are combatting chronic absenteeism and many social issues, including mental health and housing. Lifting up the story of one student, Cardinali shares facts on how integrating services in the school through a coordinator can not only change the trajectory of a struggling student, but that it can be done in an effective and affordable way. Read More >

Foundation OKs $3 Million in Grants for Hartford Education Programming

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving strikes again, approving grants totaling nearly $3 million to support education programming in the city. “More than $2 million will go to six community schools and $650,000 will go to five neighborhood-based Brighter Futures Family Centers.” “This reflects our view that children's success depends on the development of the whole child," said Cyrus Driver, vice president for strategy at the foundation. Read More >

Full-Service Community Schools: Vision is important

Sarah Lahm of the Twin Cities’ Daily Planet, lifts up Brooklyn Center High School, part of Minnesota’s first full service community school district. Take a peek at the visioning behind the schools and the successes they are seeing not only on paper but through the stories the families are sharing. Read More >

A Healthy Child is a Better Student

Removing the eight "health barriers to learning" can make all the difference in the academic success of children living in poverty, writes Irwin Redlener in Education Week. In this commentary Redlener takes the time to dig through the research surrounding health barriers and how School Based Heath Centers and similar strategies are helping ensure that health conditions don’t undermine a student’s potential to succeed. Read More >

Host a GradNation Community Summit in Your Community

As part of the GradNation Campaign, America’s Promise Alliance is inviting communities connected to one of their national partners to submit a proposal to host a 2015 GradNation Community Summit. The goal of the summits is to support and fuel community collaborative efforts to increase high school graduation rates and provide an array of holistic supports in order for young people to succeed. Read More >

WSJ: More Schools Open Their Doors to the Whole Community

Caroline Porter of the Wall Street Journal highlights how Community Schools are gaining momentum. Take a peek as she speaks with supporters and skeptics alike and what this all means for the movement. Read More >

De Blasio Speaks at Community Schools Advisory Board Meeting

In a meeting of the key New York community school stakeholders who were chosen to be part of the initiative’s Advisory Board, the city’s Mayor Bill De Blasio spoke on his commitment to the strategy. Included in his remarks was an emphasis on the importance of whole child education in creating an environment in which students can be successful. De Blasio mentioned that the 100 community schools in the city will be a beginning. Read More >

President of Albuquerque, NM Teacher's Union Lifts Up Community Schools

Ellen Bernstein of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation joins Nicole Sandler on her show from the American Federation of Teachers convention to talk about the concept of community schools. Read More >

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Expand Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools and its nearly 200 partners applaud the leadership of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) for their bipartisan introduction of the Full Service Community Schools Act in the House this week. The Coalition issued a press release and our partners share their thoughts on the introduction of the Act. Read More >

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