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Promoting Excellence for All - Wisconsin Spotlight

"One of Wisconsin’s greatest strengths is the growing diversity of communities, schools, and workplaces. Diversity makes businesses more innovative and competitive, and a more diverse workforce leads to economic growth, opportunities, and progress." With this in mind, check out why Wisconsin superintendent's achievement gap commission recommends community schools. Read More >

Scaling Up Community Schools in NYC

The Children’s Aid Society recently released a thorough guide to help NYC stakeholders build a scaled up community school strategy. Mayor de Blasio has been an advocate for more community schools and has backed up his support with historic levels of resources to support 52 new community schools. Communities scaling up their initiatives will find the new NYC guide, along with other resources such as the Coalition’s Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships Guide, very useful. Read More >

"A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing"

In this NY TImes opinion, Particial Leigh Brown, lifts up the EMS Corps. Spearheaded by Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, a Coalition partner, the program is set up to train young men of color to be qualified emergency medical technicians. Coming from violent neighborhoods, these young men now have the opportunity to heal those around them and create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. Read More >

BLOG - Bricks and Mortar: Community Schools as an Essential Facilities Strategy

School buildings communicate important messages to our children, their families, the community, and the educators and personnel that work there. A school's physical appearance speaks to people about the value our society places on education and on the role of the school in the community. Too often, our urban school facilities send the wrong messages. To learn more, check out this blog from IEL staff, Reuben Jacobson and Helen Janc Malone. Read More >

Webinar - Choice Neighborhoods: Placing School Improvements and Student Achievement at the Center of Neighborhood Revitalization

Coalition for Community Schools staff worked with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and HUD to prepare a technical assistance brief on the education component of the Seattle Choice neighborhoods. This work is an excellent example of how higher education institutions can work with schools and other partners like housing authorities to develop what the community schools movement calls university-assisted community schools. Please join us, September 24th 1 PM EDT for this webinar! Read More >

New Legislation Calls for Strong School-Community Partnerships to Strengthen Student Achievement

We are excited to announce that yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced one of the Coalition’s key bills, the DIPLOMA Act. The bill would provide block grants to states to develop a framework for child and youth outcomes that take into account several factors beyond academics, and create the infrastructure to develop community schools. Please see our press release here and email Mary at if you would like to sign on your organization in support of the bill. Read More >

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 >

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