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"What makes a school a community hub where teachers and students can thrive?”

Lily Eskelsen García is leading the union push against what the NEA calls "toxic texting". In her school visits nationwide, Lily has spoken to teachers who say the push towards standardized testing have robbed them of their autonomy and creativity within the walls of their classroom. Read More >

Congress Gets Closer to Replacing No Child Left Behind

This summer, both the House and Senate passed their own bills to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current federal education law that has been in place since 2002. Education stakeholders are hopeful Congress can get a final bill across the finish line this year to replace what most agree is a broken law. Read More >

Fremont, NE- Community Learning Grant Providing Positive Results

After the implementation of 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants in 2013, three Fremont elementary schools have witnessed improvements in academic achievement. The 5-year grant was directed towards after-school and summer learning programs, with the goal of improving student learning, social and behavioral benefits, and increased community and family engagement. Read More >

Cambridge, MA- Promise of Food Security for Students Comes in a Backpack

The Cambridge school district addresses children dealing with food insecurity by way of the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program. The program, founded in 2013, sends the 38% of students qualifying for free lunch home each weekend with a bag of food containing two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks- all fresh and healthful. It is designed for students who have access to free breakfast and lunch from their schools during the week but do not have reliable meals over the weekend. Read More >

Oklahoma City, OK- Oklahoma Schools Receive 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

Thirteen recipients in Oklahoma received nearly $3 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister approved the grant to extend learning beyond the classroom. The grant applicants showed creativity and collaboration in their dedication to improving student outcomes. Read More >

Buffalo, NY- United Way, Buffalo Schools Benefit from $2.5M Federal Grant

The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County received a $2.5 million five year federal grant. The grant will be aimed at helping pre K-12 students in the Buffalo County School District. The funds will be used to improve school culture, academic achievement, and family engagement, the pillars of a community school. Read More >

Mapleton, ND- Mapleton Schools District Strives for Community School

This week the Mapleton School District voters will approve or deny a $7.2 million school bond referendum. The Mapleton Elementary School is close to 100 years old and is lacking in basic functions such as adequate heating and cooling and handicap accessibility. The district’s goal is to build a school to serve pre K-8 that will align with modern education standards and allow for students and faculty to succeed. Read More >

“Schools as community hubs: Integrating support services to drive educational outcomes”

Effective approaches to the problems of struggling neighborhoods—from health to school success and poverty—require the focused use of integrated strategies. Consistent with this, community schools and many charter schools now function as hubs, helping to deliver a range of services beyond education in order to prepare their students to learn and to assist families. These include social services, “two-generation” support, and population health services. Read More >

Baltimore, MD- Community Schools Serve Families, Neighborhoods

The community schools movement in Baltimore is thriving. The Family League of Baltimore, recently recognized as a leader in transforming schools, responded to the Baltimore’s past year of violence and social turbulence by increasing the number of community schools. There are now 52 community schools serving 24,000 students and partnering with dozens of organizations to provide a range of services and community support. Read More >

Bethlehem, PA- Local Community Schools Tackle Poverty and Crime

Students in the Lehigh Valley face crime, gangs, and food insecurity. At the Paxinosa Elementary School, the majority (86%) of the students live in poverty and their classroom performance suffers. The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has adopted the national community school model for low-income and high risk areas. Read More >

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