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Community Schools Help Afterschool Work Flourish

An After School today article discusses the increased need to make afterschool a crucial part of a student’s education. Community schools offer a solution to this problem by bringing together families, the community and educators to motivate and engage students. Every community school addresses the individual needs of students with expanded learning opportunities and after school programs. Read More >

Randi Weingarten talks community schools in Washington Post interview

C.M Rubin, author of “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will we Read?” interviewed six people about what they would do if they were appointed the new Secretary of Education. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was among those six people. During her interview, she discussed the current state of education and the importance of having a greater support for community schools. Read More >

US News- Extending the school year may not be the answer to helping students succeed

Due to the lack of traditional learning during the summer for students, some schools are working together to extend classroom time. Unfortunately extending the school year into summer vacation is not completely realistic and studies show that it will not improve the well-being of the student. Instead, schools must implement an approach that addresses the needs of these students, such as educational summer programs, longer school days, or year-round schools that include more breaks. Read More >

Hartford Community Schools Find Creative Way To Deal With Tragedy

Schools in North Hartford opened on Tuesday and the community was there to help. Students and staff at Thirman L. Milner School in Hartford Connecticut relied on their community to help heal the wounds caused by the loss of 13-year-old Jamaire Smith. Milner School partner Catholic Charities arranged for Tails of Joy, who provides visits with therapy dogs, to help console students from Milner on their first day. Read More >

Randi Weingarten- Extending the school year is a temporary fix for a larger problem

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses the challenges schools face in combatting summer learning loss. She stresses that simply extending the school year or school day is not an effective option as proven by several initiatives throughout the country. Randi highlights the importance of working with members of the community to create a solution that adequately addresses students’ needs. Read More >

Community schools champion, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne B. Driver extends contract through 2019

Milwaukee Superintendent Darienne B. Driver has extended her contract until 2019. Driver has been a champion of community schools spearheading a Community Schools Partnership in six schools, as well as workforce development initiatives and working with business and neighborhood partners. Read More >

Community Schools Pilot Program Launching in Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania has officially launched a community schools pilot program that will effect nearly 3,000 students. The program will start this school year with Edison Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Wayne School, Pfeiffer Burleigh School, and Emerson-Gridley Elementary School. The program will fund around $100,000 per school. The program will kick off with a press conference by The Erie School District and the United Way of Erie County this Tuesday at Edison Elementary School. Read More >

Pittsburgh Superintendent Outlines 90 Day Plan Involving Community Schools

Pittsburgh Superintendent Anthony Hamlet has released a 90 day transition that includes community schools in the framework. Part of the transition plan includes reviewing the mental and physical health needs of students in the area as well as reviewing the social services currently present. Read More >

Chalkbeat, NY- Community Schools a Supportive Learning Strategy for Struggling Schools

Drema Brown of the Children’s Aid Society discusses her journey as an education professional in New York City, and how her work has shown her how effective a learning strategy community schools can be. Comparing her experiences as a principal in the South Bronx, she describes how the community schools strategy has helped her support her students through CAD, and how the strategy could have greatly supported her work with learning in the past. Read More >

Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership works to support the city’s youth

In collaboration with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Milwaukee Public Schools has kick started the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership starting with two high schools as well as two MPS K-8 schools. OnMilwaukee speaks to teaching and learning organizer, Ingrid Henry, to discuss how the community schools strategy will help support students in Milwaukee. Read More >

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