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Leading Community Schools Requires Complex Skills

Cross-boundary leadership is essential to leading a community school. Jim Grim identifies 22 skills and competencies for community school administrators from the National Center for Community Schools Practicum conference. These reflect competencies found in publications from the Coalition for Community Schools and the Children’s Aid Society. School leadership is a key factor for community school success so we must prepare and certify our leaders with the tools for maximizing outcomes. Read More >

New Knapp School Building to Service the Entire Neighborhood

Racine County United Way is building a new facility for Knapp Elementary and reopening it as a community school. They will introduce programs designed to address students’ social and emotional needs while making measurable impacts on the community. United Way chose Knapp as their first site due to low test scores in the school and high poverty and crime rates in neighborhoods. United Ways across the country are increasing using community schools to tackle these challenges. Read More >

Superintendent Leadership drives Community School Success

Superintendent Anderson has turned around Jennings School District with her energy and vision to tackle poverty through her public school system. From Saturday School to a homeless shelter for students, Anderson has balanced the budget and set high achievement standards in poverty-stricken Jennings. In 2015, 92% of high school students graduated on time and almost every academic indicator is improving. Read More >

Community Schools Top Ten 2015

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Superintendents Leadership Council Co-Chair is a Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

Steven Webb, co-chair of the Coalition for Community Schools’ Superintendents Leadership Council, is a finalist for National Superintendent of the year. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the 2016 finalists and will reveal the winner in February. This marks the 29th anniversary of the program, which honors school system leaders throughout the country. Webb is superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in Washington State. Read More >

An Idea Whose Time Has Come—Community Schools

One of the many positives of the new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, is its inclusion of the Full-Service Community Schools program. AFT President Weingarten calls it a ‘big win’. Momentum for community schools is strong in Texas and across the nation. Legislation to promote the model passed the Texas House and had strong support in the Senate in the 2015 regular session. Local initiative growth and the federal passage will renew energy for state legislation efforts next session. Read More >

Funding for Transforming a Child’s Life With Glasses

New York committed $10 million over four years to fund vision screening in 130 additional community schools. ChildSight by partners Helen Keller International and The Children’s Aid Society provides free eyeglasses. Last year more than 6,000 students were screened and treated. Children with uncorrected vision problems often struggle in school and one in five who need glasses can’t afford them. Teachers say students whose vision has been corrected are more engaged and complete their assignments. Read More >

Ras Baraka- What It Takes To Disentangle a Child From Poverty’s Barriers

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, states that dedicated teachers are not enough to turn around school systems. In this op-ed, Baraka announces Newark's commitment to community schools and describes how the strategy will break down barriers that affect Newark's students' education. Read More >

Community School working for de Blasio's School Renewal Program

Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx is a high school serving impoverished and disabled students. Like all 94 city schools in Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal School Program, Dreamyard was transformed into a community school. Nonprofit Counseling in Schools, Inc. supports extended learning time, professional development, and internships for students. Resources increased and results are promising. The school has two years to show “demonstrable improvements” before facing state receivership. Read More >

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Read more about ESEA from Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. Read More >

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