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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 >

Social and Emotional Learning Grant Challenge

Social investment organization Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) has issued a national challenge for afterschool programs that promote social and emotional competencies, and is awarding grants of up to $100,000 to selected applicants. SCE is currently inviting letters of inquiry. Read More >

Achieving Ambitious Educational Outcomes through School and Community Partnerships

This summary of the event presents highlights of the keynote speech by Paul Reville,June 2013, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and IEL convened a group of stakeholders, researchers, and practitioners in Washington, DC to discuss the role of partnerships in advancing educational opportunities. The summary also describes five intentional cross-sector collaborations and discusses key questions and next steps in the development of school and community partnerships. Read More >

Newly-elected Mayor of New York City on Board with Community Schools


Mayor de Blasio in a recent interview to the New York Times spoke of his desire to slow the growth of charter schools in the city and create more community schools, 100 or so, a model that the city has invested a lot of time learning about through the Cincinnati CLC’s. Read More >

Creating Equity and Excellence for all Schools

Catalyst Chicago Op-Ed piece by Carlos Azcoitia, member of the Chicago Board of Education and a community school advocate. Read More >

New York State Announces Thirty Community School Grantees

New York State Education Department Announces Thirty Community School Grantees as part of Governor Cuomo's Community Schools Initiative. Read More >

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