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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 >

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 >

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 >

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