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Equity Allies: How School Leaders Can Promote Equitable Educational Opportunities

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education in July 2014 launched the Excellent Educators for All initiative, a response to recommendations of the Equity and Excellence Commission report. In response the authors, Lynda Tredway and Jessica Rigby, conducted research on how equity-minded principals, or “equity allies,” base their daily practice on equity. The researchers offer three recommendations for how all school leaders can embed equity into their leadership practices. Read More >

Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes

This report presents the first set of student outcome findings from The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning District Demonstration Project, a six-year effort looking at whether and how large-scale, voluntary summer learning programs led by public school districts can help improve educational outcomes for children in low-income, urban communities. Read More >

U.S. Education Chief Visits to Talk with Local Students About Ferguson

After participating in Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights march in D.C. on Sunday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan held closed meetings with several dozen students in the St. Louis area on Tuesday. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten sat in on the talks, which covered the aftermath, trauma and healing following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. What Duncan heard left him emotional, stating, "We don't learn by sitting behind a desk in Washington" Read More >

Why the Community Schools Model Works for District 33 in Chicago

Charles Johns,superintendent of West Chicago Elementary School District 33, shared how and why the Community Schools model has been an effective tool for them. He lifts up their partnership, "WeGo Together for Kids," which has over 50 members. Throughout the school year, the partners support the students and their families and help create a stronger and healthier community. Read More >

Useful for You - Annenberg's Time for Equity Indicators Framework

Our partners at the Annenberg Institute recently launched thier web-based Time for Equity Indicators tool. This new site is a clearinghouse of information about 24 different benchmarks of education conditions, access, and impact. Resources include links to academic research, reports from the field, data tools, videos and more about indicators like teacher ownership, student, family and community engagement and engaged student learning. Read More >

AFT: It's About Time - Lessons from Expanded Learning Time in Meriden, CT

Our partners at the American Federation of Teachers recently released the Handbook: "It’s About Time: Lessons from Expanded Learning Time in Meriden, Conn." As AFT President Randi Weingarten stated, "Lessons learned from a successful initiative to expand learning time at schools in Meriden, Conn., can help other unions work with districts to significantly increase opportunities for at-risk students." Read More >

Goodfellows: Communities in Schools Surrounding Students with Support

Partner organization, Communities in Schools is lifted up in this piece by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Looking to Monterey High School, the article focuses in on the Coordinator, Jessica Ortiz-Martinez, and her ability to not only address the multiple needs of the students, but also her ability to create a safe space for students. They feel like they have someone they can trust who is ready to help. Read More >

Commentary: Providing Social Services Through Schools is Fiscally Prudent

Taking another look at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School Renewal Program to convert the District’s lowest performing schools into Community Schools, author Tom Egan, discusses both sides of the debate. Where does Egan end up? He summarizes, “Taking into account this wide spectrum of benefits, people can responsibly conclude that a program such as Mayor de Blasio's is fiscally and socially prudent, a worthy investment for a city and its schools.” Read More >

Lessons on Full Service Community School Sustainability from Elev8 Oakland Policy Brief

This brief looks at how Oakland is sustaining the core pillars of its Elev8 community schools initiative. The brief identifies key challenges and opportunities with sustaining the core components of community schools, specifically: 1) coordination of services; 2) academic supports; 3) school based health centers; 4) family support services; and 5) family engagement and advocacy. One of the key lessons in sustainability is the need for an accountability driver for each major component. Read More >

Salt Lake City - $5 Million Grant to Further Reach of United Way's Community School Initiative

“This investment will truly change the trajectory for hundreds, if not thousands of low-income, at-risk children,” said Deborah Bayle, president and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. The Denver-based Daniels Fund awarded a $5 million grant, for five years, to the United Way of Salt Lake. The money will be used to support improving student outcomes and for the expansion of community schools. Read More >

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